Mindfulness practices such as yoga have been shown to correct under activity of the parasympathetic nervous system and improve release of the relaxation neurotransmitter, gamma amino-butyric acid, also known as GABA. Yoga practice has been found to be effective in stress reduction and psychological distress in many different populations. In patients with IBS, yoga has been shown to improve GI symptoms, quality of life, and anxiety when compared to no treatment.Read More
What is Traveler’s Diarrhea? Is getting diarrhea abroad dangerous? How do you prevent diarrhea while traveling? As many as 40% of travelers from developed countries get diarrhea while traveling, but knowing what to watch for can help speed up your recovery.Read More
What is the gut microbiome? Does what you eat alter it? While all of the answers can't be unpacked in a single post, we can begin to explore the world inside your gut piecemeal (food pun intended).
Imagine a 30 ft long tube filled with trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Sounds like a nightmare right? Well that is indeed our gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and the balance in composition of all those different organisms is what is commonly called the Gut Microbiome. It has important implications for your healthRead More
When you go to sleep, so does your gut. Overnight the gut will have slow sweeping movements, but in terms of forward momentum (through contractions, peristalsis, etc.) the GI tract is relatively quiet while you sleep. When you wake up, there is a huge spike in the activity of your gutRead More
What is normal for your stomach and gastrointestinal (GI) tract? Some of the most common questions patients ask me revolve around making sure their gut is functioning normally. Let's briefly discuss what "normal" really is, knowing that there's obviously a lot we can't explore in a single post.Read More