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Your poop tells an important story. Consider it a window into your digestive tract. It tells you if you're adequately hydrated, producing enough enzymes, about the bacteria you have in your gut, and most importantly, how well you are digesting your food a
Peristalsis is a wavelike contraction of smooth muscle tissue that guides food down through the digestive tract. It continues all the way through the small intestine and colon. This video of an endoscopy procedure shows a healthy, strong peristaltic wave
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Stools are formed in the colon as the colon extracts liquid from the digested food, forming solid pieces which are then eliminated. Stools can be assessed by consistency, color, smell, quantity, and frequency of elimination. Stools should also be checked
About gut flora
The average, normal, healthy bowel contains an estimated 100 trillion microorganisms from over 500 different species. Normally, this ecosystem deters and displaces growth of harmful bacteria. When your gut ecosystem
Some things in life should be simple, like pooping. The joy of a complete bowel movement in your morning routine can be as gratifying as a sunrise. Many, however, struggle with nature's call. There are those who sit on the toilet for 20 min flipping thro
Deciphering and diagnosing digestive tract disorders can be difficult because of similar symptoms. Many digestive tract disorders lack a clear definition and may be variations of a single disease or syndrome. Diagnosis
Your poop tells a story about your body. A single glance at your poop can tell you many things. For one, it is a window into your digestive tract and your diet. Are you eating the right foods for your body? Your poop reveals this. It is also an invaluable
Many doctors agree, better health starts in the dig
Taking triphala every night during the fall is a great way to avoid constipation. It may also help with gas and bloating that tend to accompany dry constipation. Triphala is helpful fo