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Jenny Smiechowski

Can probiotics protect you against viruses?

Your gut contains a delicate balance of bacteria that help regulate your immune system. If that balance gets out of whack, it could make you more vulnerable to viral infections, including COVID-19. Researchers believe the right blend of probiotics could restore balance and help protect you from dangerous viral infections…

Jenny Smiechowski

5 probiotic strains that restore balance to your vaginal microbiome

Your microbiome goes way beyond your gut. It extends across your whole body, including your most sensitive area. When the bacterial balance gets out of whack down there, you’re left with a nasty infection known as bacterial vaginosis. Luckily, a few specific strains of probiotics can quickly get your vaginal microbiome back on track…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

See your dentist to avoid the gastroenterologist

If you’ve been putting off your trip to the dentist, you may be risking more than just a cavity. In fact, you could be setting yourself up for inflammation of your gut lining. Here’s the connection you’ve probably never heard of between the bacteria in your mouth and your chances of developing inflammatory bowel disease.

Joyce Hollman

Coffee has more digestive perks than you can shake a stir stick at

The ways that coffee can keep you healthy are really underrated. So, if you love your cup of joe, take heart! Among all the great benefits research is revealing about coffee, you’ll be glad to know drinking it is one of the best things you can do for your digestive health!

Jenny Smiechowski

Why COVID-19 can be more severe if you have digestive issues

People with inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are more vulnerable to serious COVID-19 infections. But it may not be the disease that puts them most at risk… it may be one of the medications used to treat it…

Joyce Hollman

The chemicals causing celiac disease

The origins of celiac disease, which afflicts one in 100 adults worldwide, were largely believed to be genetic. But research has found that toxic chemicals, some commonly found throughout our homes, are associated with a higher risk of developing the autoimmune disease.


Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Ancient Chinese remedy soothes indigestion without drugs or side effects

If you live with indigestion that causes bloating and stomach pain, you might be tempted to head to your doctor for a prescription. But wait… many of those pills have been linked to Alzheimer’s. Luckily, a new study has found safe, effective indigestion relief in an ancient Chinese practice.

Jenny Smiechowski

How getting mindful can help eliminate chronic stomach symptoms

Do you have stomach issues, food allergies or intolerances? What if you could get rid of your gut trouble without changing anything in your diet? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s possible. That’s because gut issues don’t always have to do only with the contents of your stomach…

Jenny Smiechowski

The probiotic that could help clobber celiac disease

If you have celiac disease you have to strip every trace of gluten from your life. But even when you try your best, a dose of gluten gets past and ends up triggering diarrhea, fatigue, pain, nausea, vomiting, and other terrible symptoms. Here’s good news for you, even if you’re just gluten sensitive…

Jenny Smiechowski

April showers bring May flowers… but they also bring major gut trouble

Spring is my favorite season. Where I live, it means birds chirping, flowers sprouting, trees budding and rain — lots of it. But a recent study found that heavy spring rainfall in one American city caused cases of acute gastrointestinal illness to double! What’s that about? And could it happen where you live?

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Common stomach drugs that can lead to memory problems

More than 15 million people in the U.S. take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to control stomach acid, heartburn, and the symptoms of acid reflux or GERD. But most don’t know that PPIs are actually able to bypass the blood-brain barrier and can affect your brain itself.

Margaret Cantwell

Remove these cancer-growing medications from your medicine cabinet now

Back in the summer months, ranitidine-based medications were found to contain an impurity considered a probable human carcinogen. The FDA thought the amount and impact was small, but things have changed: If they’re in your medicine cabinet, you should know the danger has increased significantly…