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You can say you have diarrhea if you pass stools of liquid consistency more than three times in one day. Diarrhea strikes all ages at one time or another. On average, adults can experience diarrhea as many as four times per year. Usually, when this condition presents it clears up on it's own after a day or two. This is considered acute or short-term diarrhea and usually will not last 3 weeks. (more…)

Poor appetite can be an indication of bowel disorders. Many people don't necessarily link the two in their minds, but it's true. (more…)

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Just as everyone goes to the bathroom, everyone also passes gas; it's simply a biological reality. Your body is able to absorb a limited amount of the gas it ingests or produces. The rest has to come out somewhere. Even though flatulence is normal, its presence can cause anxiety and panic- both for the person releasing the gas, and those who may be in the vicinity. For this reason, reducing flatulence is of interest to many people, especially if they feel like their body is producing an excessive amount. (more…)

Massage is extremely beneficial for the body and therapeutic for the mind. Massaging the legs after a run gets lactic acid moving to reduce soreness. Massaging stiff shoulders and neck helps reduce tension. Massaging the abdomen offers a dual action approach to supporting digestion. Since digestive concerns can be the result of stress, relieving stress can encourage healthy intestinal function. (more…)

Have you ever heard of a rectal catheter? It's exactly what you imagine it to be. Did you know that several years ago, researchers at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield England used rectal catheters to measure and evaluate the flatulence released by ten volunteers? (I appreciate the thrill of discovery but I'm not sure I'd want to be a technician for that program.) Over a 24-hour period of observation, several facts about flatulence were determined. [1] (more…)