Abdominal massage and visceral manipulation for gut function

Abdominal Massage & Visceral Manipulation for Gut Function

What is abdominal massage? Is visceral manipulation different? Can either help improve gut function? People with functional gut disorders such as IBS, functional constipation, and functional diarrhea are often frustrated by the treatments (or lack thereof) they are prescribed in the doctor’s office. Patients often turn to alternative strategies such as abdominal massage to find relief. In this …

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Low Fodmap Cereal and Label Reading Tips

Low FODMAP Cereal and Label Reading Tips

What we eat for breakfast is influenced by our culture, diet trends, cravings, health concerns, marketing, and convenience. In Western cultures, cereals –both hot and cold- are among the most popular choices for breakfast. If you follow a low FODMAP diet for gut issues, the decision on which cereal to purchase becomes more difficult.  Here we …

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Endometriosis and IBS: Connecting the Dots

Endometriosis and IBS: Connecting the Dots

Endometriosis and IBS are relatively common problems for women, and both can be tricky to diagnose. Symptoms are often vague such as abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation or diarrhea and may change during menstruation. It often takes years to get the right diagnosis. In cases where both are present, a diagnosis of one may mean …

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Coffee and IBS

Introduction Mmmm…. coffee! Maybe you love the complex taste, nutty aroma, and the feel of a warm mug in your hands.  Or perhaps it is the jolt of energy and boost of mental clarity that keeps you coming back.  Whatever it is, for many of us coffee is the first thing we reach for in …

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