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December 29, 2015
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An upper endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your upper digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube. A specialist in diseases of the digestive system (gastroenterologist) uses endoscopy to diagnose and, sometimes, treat conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum).

The medical term for an upper endoscopy is esophagogastroduodenoscopy. An upper endoscopy may be done in your doctor's office, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital.


December 29, 2015
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For better digestive health incorporate probiotics into your diet. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria naturally present in your digestive tract. "They help keep the body healthy by combating the effects of a poor diet, antibiotics, and stress," says Adams. In addition, probiotics can enhance nutrient absorption, help break down lactose, strengthen your immune system, and possibly even help treat irritable bowel syndrome. Adams recommends that people eat good sources of probiotics, such as low-fat yogurt or kefir, on a daily basis.


December 29, 2015
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Stomach rumblings, are the result of peristalsis in the stomach and small intestines — that is, they're due to normal digestion as food, fluid and gases pass through your gastrointestinal tract. When the tract is empty, however, borborygmi are louder because there's nothing in there to muffle the sound.

So why are the muscles contracting at all when there's no food in the stomach?

After the stomach empties its contents into the small intestine, it sends signals to the brain. The brain responds by telling the digestive muscles to commence the process of peristalsis. The muscle contractions ensure that no excess food was left in the stomach, and the resulting growls signal to you that your body needs food.


December 17, 2015
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Did you know: The whole digestive tract is over 29 feet long, starting at the mouth and ending at the anus.


December 17, 2015
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Whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oats, and brown rice, are a good source of fiber, which helps digestion. Fiber also can help you feel full and lower cholesterol, but it can cause bloating, gas, and other problems in people who quickly ramp up their intake—it's better to take it slow when consuming more. And wheat grains are a no-no for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.


December 17, 2015
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How much will it hurt during and after the RFA procedure?

You will be sedated during the procedure. The type of sedation will be based on your general medical condition. The vast majority of people do not report pain during the procedure. In clinical trials, most patients have reported no or minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Patients may experience chest discomfort, sore throat and/or painful or difficult swallowing after the procedure, which are managed with medications provided by the physician. In clinical trials, these symptoms typically resolved within 3-4 days. In a randomized control trial evaluating RFA in 127 patients, the average chest discomfort score (as reported by the patients) was 23 out of 100 on the first day after the procedure. By day eight, the average chest discomfort score was zero in these patients.

 


December 04, 2015
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Digestion is important for breaking down food into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. Food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before the blood absorbs them and carries them to cells throughout the body. The body breaks down nutrients from food and drink into carbohydrates, protein, fats, and vitamins.

  1. Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches, and fiber found in many foods. Carbohydrates are called simple or complex, depending on their chemical structure. Simple carbohydrates include sugars found naturally in foods such as fruits, vegetables, milk, and milk products, as well as sugars added during food processing.
  2. Protein. Foods such as meat, eggs, and beans consist of large molecules of protein that the body digests into smaller molecules called amino acids. The body absorbs amino acids through the small intestine into the blood, which then carries them throughout the body.
  3. Fats. Fat molecules are a rich source of energy for the body and help the body absorb vitamins. Oils, such as corn, canola, olive, safflower, soybean, and sunflower, are examples of healthy fats. Butter, shortening, and snack foods are examples of less healthy fats.
  4. Vitamins. Scientists classify vitamins by the fluid in which they dissolve. Water-soluble vitamins include all the B vitamins and vitamin C. Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K. Each vitamin, has a different role in the body’s growth and health. 

 


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December 04, 2015
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A PEG is a safe and effective way to provide food, liquids and medications (when appropriate) directly into the stomach. The procedure is done for patients who are having difficulty swallowing. During the procedure, a physician places an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible instrument about 1/2 inch in diameter) into your mouth. The endoscope is then advanced through your esophagus (the "food pipe" leading from your mouth into your stomach) and into your stomach. The endoscope is used to ensure correct positioning of the PEG tube (also called a feeding tube) in your stomach. The PEG tube rests in the stomach and exits through the skin of the abdomen.


December 04, 2015
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If you’re feeling nauseated, the last thing you should have is an alcoholic drink. “It will probably make you sicker”. Nutritionally speaking, alcohol itself is a big zero. It has no protein, vitamins, other nutrients, or “good” carbs. Alcohol is toxic to the stomach lining and changes liver metabolism. Drinking too much can cause indigestion, among other health problems. Moderation is key.

 




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