Posts Tagged ‘Digestion’

NTV America Interview with Dr. Robin Baradarian Regarding latest endoscopic and therapeutic procedures.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

NTV America interview with Dr. Robin Baradarian, Chief of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn, NYC, regarding the latest endoscopic and therapeutic procedures to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Disorders include heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), constipation and bloating, as well as more rare diseases of colon, pancreas, liver, bile ducts and gallbladder.

Watch Dr. Baradarian from Brooklyn Gastroenterology speak about the latest endoscopic and therapeutic procedures to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Click below to learn more!

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Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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Processed Foods You Could Do Without

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Eating processed food can cost you more than you think, in terms of money and your own health. There’s a special beauty in cooking your meals, and the benefits from it can led you to a healthier and happier existence. If you don’t take good care of yourself, nobody else will. Companies that offer you processed food are running businesses. And, to do so, they aren’t interested in your health; they only care about how to make these products more sugary, salty and saturated with savory fat.

Eating less processed food has definitely become a popular trend for the past few years. Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Food Rules, has a lot to do with this, especially because of his most important food rule: "If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t."

Processed food, (defined by the US Food and Drig Administration as any food other than a raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration or milling), is more recurrent nowadays, and the key to enjoy of a healthy lifestyle is to detect and avoid the ones you could do without.

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What is Gastritis?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

50% of the world population suffers from Gastritis. As an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the mucous coat of the stomach wall develops, Gastritis can lead to the disruption of digestion, decrease of working capacity, and a marked feeling of fatigue. It is as common as the cold or flu, and one of the most widely-spread diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

There are numerous causes and factors that can trigger a case of gastritis, but worldwide, the most common is infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria: a microaerophilic bacteria that can deteriorate various areas of the stomach, particularly the antrum. Alcohol consumption, aspirin, cigarette smoke and emotional or physical distress are among the causes of this disease.

What are the main symptoms?
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Natural Antioxidants: The Best Guardians for Your Body

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

It’s never a pleasant feeling when we look ourselves in the mirror and discover cell damage and excessive dry skin all around our faces. Similarly, when we feel out of breath right after walking a flight of stairs or having a big and indulgent lunch it doesn’t exactly bring joy to our hearts (more like hypertension).

These problems, and many more, become recurrent in our lives when free radicals invade and disarm our organisms. And it’s no joke when, apart from causing the occasional discomfort, they trigger fatal illness such as cancer and heart disease.

In the battle against this enemy antioxidants are the best weapon we have to live a healthier and happier life.

What’s an antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules that produce free radicals. A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that steals vital components from our molecules and damages our cells.
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A New Year, A New Look at Dieting

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

We have become a large, amorphous American mass of calorie counters. The main objective in many cases is to jettison one thing or another, whether it be total calorie count, fats of all forms, or carbohydrates in an attempt to align yourself with gastrointestinally taxing diets like South Beach or Atkins. These are all viable ways to drop weight with varying degrees of consequences resulting from each. So for 2011, try dieting for the whole body with not just image, but health in mind.

It’s been documented that some people choose a “soup diet”, and what a time to begin eatinga regular regimine piping hot soup than the winter time, right? Well, most mass produced, low calorie and low fat soups have a hidden demon. Almost each one carries an alarming amount of sodium, in some cases almost covering an entire day in one 180 calorie swoop. For all the weight you might be cutting your veins, arteries, and capillaries are tightening up due to all of the salty, soupy goodness. Making soup at home allows you to moderate the sodium content to a degree.
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Glutens Could Be Contributing to Celiac Disease Rise

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A new study that involved 141 adult subjects is contributing to the ongoing debate on whether a diet filled with glutens can lead to symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Published in the ACS Journal of Proteome Research, the study revealed that many of the people in the study did not in fact have Celiac Disease, but instead were showing the same distinctive metabolic makeup that people who suffer from Celiac Disease.

People who suffer from Celiac Disease are characterized as being unable to properly digesr a protein named gliadin, a part of gluten that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. This autoimmune digestive condition can cause, diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain. Oftentimes, Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed and steps to curtail its effects are never instituted.

A definitive diagnosis consists of a biopsy taken from the small intestine. There are currently over 3 million diagnosed cases in the Unites States. There is such a thing as a pisitive blood test, but a negative biopsy, meaning they are “potential” Celiac Disease patients, and are typically instructed to adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Treatment usually begins with a total abstinence from foods containing glutens. The debate here is whether a gluten filled diet could accelerate the effects of Celiac Disease, all the way on up to full blown diagnosis.

It seems to be a novel idea to curtail gluten intake if the symptoms seem to be persistent. One take away from this study is that the sample size was relatively small at 141 subjects. Yes, it’s small, but contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for Celiac Disease, are experiencing symptoms, and if a gluten free diet might be right for you.

Happy Holidays and be in good health Brooklyn!

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Top 10 Fiber Filled Breakfast Cereals

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

We all know we should eat more fiber. We all know the childhood song about beans (“beans, beans, they’re good for your heart..etc”). So why do we so often neglect to include fiber in our diets? One of the best ways, and most advertised ways, to include fiber in your diet is through the regular consumption of breakfast cereals. Though not all cereals were born equals – at least in terms of fiber. We won’t be listing cereals like All Bran Bran Bus, which contains a mammoth 36 grams of fiber per serving, – rather, we’ll be telling you about the standards, the mainstays, and the also-rans. Aka, stuff you already know about, but maybe didn’t know the fiber content.

1 - Fiber One- 14 grams of fiber – This one is a no brainer, but it should be noted that it is the best in class mainstream cereal, available in almost every major supermarket.

2 – Kellogg’s All Bran (not the Bran Buds) – 10 grams of fiber – This Bran heavy Kellogg’s product may be light on sugar and extras such as out clusters, marshmellows, chocolate, etc…but it is good for you and the perfect complement to some fresh fruit in the morning.
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The Thanksgiving Meal

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This past weekend we traveled and gathered with people who we love and care about. In addition to the warm company of family and friends there’s some sort of meal served smack dab in the middle of that long holiday weekend we all just experienced. Ok, it’s fairly consistent across the board – the hallowed Thanksgiving meal.

Everyone has their own variation and family favorites, but no one walks away saying that they’re still hungry. Therein lies the conundrum that Thanksgiving creates for our digestive tract.

Usually on Thanksgiving we don’t normally pump our bodies full of heavily processed foods laden with healthy doses of preservatives, rather we typically prepare fresher foods in a rich way. The food on the turkey-day table is generally high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt.
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Shortening the Length of Diarrhea

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

At some point or another in almost everyone’s life diarrhea rears its ugly head. For most of us it is only a temporary, but extremely uncomfortable, inconvenience. It can be caused by food that we are having trouble digesting, a bacterial infection or flu, or from unsavory diet and drinking habits. While diarrhea may not seem very severe it can all too often become a life-threatening problem.

Every year almost 2 million people die from diarrheal disease in developing countries. Many of these people don’t have clean water to drink, a steady, healthy diet, and medicine to take to relieve the discomfort and symptoms. The standard form of aid offered to these diarrhea victims is a rehydration fluid. What researchers are finding might be a more effective treatment is a healthy dose of probiotics.
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