Having a healthy
E coli community in our intestinal system is essential to good human health.
Our microbiota is linked to essential physiological processes, but when its communication falters, our health can suffer. Synthetic probiotics offer a promising approach to treating gut-brain axis disorders.
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Gas often plays a role in bloating. On average, our gas expulsion is around 600–700 mL per day, resulting in around 14 farts a day.
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No, you’re not imagining it. Some people really do experience bloating or gut upset when they eat a lot of salad.
No matter its cause, diarrhea is uncomfortable.
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Poop comes in many shapes, sizes and textures. The kind that’s too runny might be the result of wayward germs, Crohn’s disease or lactose intolerance.
The concept of placebos – which are sometimes called “sugar pills” – has been around since the 1800s.
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Drug manufacturers often shun the use of placebos in clinical trials. But research suggests that placebos could play an important role in the treatment of depression, pain and other maladies.
Our findings also have potential implications for the identification and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
The FODMAP diet was developed to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. But as it grows in popularity, online bloggers and ‘health gurus’ are promoting it for a range of unusual purposes.
Assorted cannabis bud strains.
Marijuana is known for delivering a good high. But the plant’s uses go well beyond the recreational. Marijuana contains a trove of medicinal compounds whose uses we are just now discovering.
One in six healthy people report problems with bloating.
People who bloat don’t produce more abdominal gas than others but they might have problems getting rid of it.
Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome as men.
Irritable bowel syndrome causes abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhoea. These symptoms overlap with other disorders, so it’s important to get the correct diagnosis and then the best treatments.
Pigs and humans have a lot in common, particularly their digestive tracts.
Stress makes people tired and irritable, but its dangers to the body do not stop there. Chemicals that were meant to work under an immediate threat harm organs in the body and can elevate blood pressure.
People who are chronically stressed are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than those who aren’t.
Stress has subtle, underlying effects on almost every part of the body, including the heart, gut and immune system.
People with chronic bowel conditions may need to use the toilet 20 to 30 times a day.
Our brain and gut are constantly talking to each other, so it makes sense mental health and stomach issues have a close relationship.
Defecation duration is surprisingly similar throughout the mammal world.
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New parenthood got our fluid dynamics experts thinking about what ends up in the diaper. They headed to the zoo and the lab to come up with a cohesive physics story for how defecation works.
Some 10-30% of people experience bloating.
There are several things that can cause bloating and a few things you can do to help prevent it, like avoiding certain foods and exercising.
The only treatment for coeliac disease is the strict, life-long avoidance of foods containing gluten.
Recent headlines proclaimed an Australian-developed pill might be able to help those with coeliac disease eat wheat without becoming ill. But the fine print says it’s no treatment or cure.
There are several possible ways your gut bacteria could affect your brain.
Links have been made between the community of bacteria in your gut and depression, pain, stress and sleep. So what does the science say?
For years, we’ve known that brain activity can affect our gut.
Could it be that in some cases, changes in the gut are actually driving mood disorders rather than the other way around? Mounting evidence suggests this is likely to be the case.
See your doctor if you suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly if you’ve had them for weeks or months.
Conditions affecting the stomach and bowels are common in modern humans and many are on the rise.
Symptoms can occur as soon as 30 minutes after exposure to the culprit organism or toxin.
We’ve all experienced the abdominal cramps and the urge to get to a toilet – quickly! When the stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, our bodies respond with the sudden onset of diarrhoea, associated…