Imagine experiencing severe abdominal pain, along with alternating bouts of both constipation and diarrhea. Even worse, your doctor can find no physical explanation or effective treatment for you, despite these very real symptoms. Unfortunately, this... Read more
You're miserable: achy, feverish, and exhausted. Your head is pounding, and you're nauseated. All the tell-tale signs are there; it's the flu. Before you stock up on ginger ale and jump into bed for the week, you might consider phoning a... Read more
Achooo! Is it a cold? Is it the flu? You may not know what you have, but you know you feel terrible. When SparkPeople members feel under the weather, they usually have the same questions: "What should I eat? Should I still count my calories? If... Read more
It can be as frustrating as it is familiar: the achy tightness in your abdomen after you eat, or the sharp pain, bloating and distension you feel after a large meal--or any meal. With so many foods now composed of a multitude of ingredients, it can b... Read more
Eat chicken soup. Bump up your vitamin C intake. Don’t step outside with wet hair. Each year as cold and flu season approaches, you probably hear these common tricks for avoiding illness. However, not all of the prevailing wisdom about viral in... Read more
HI, I picked this up recently and have been taking a half dose once per day to acclimate my body. A half dose is only 1 tsp. I'm having a pretty intense GI response, but I am also less hungry for several hours. I have read that psyllium can aid bl... Read more
You can give yourself diarrhea, but that doesn't flush toxins out or anything. It just keeps you running to the potty. Maybe you'll be flushing the toilet a lot, but your body isn't a toilet...you can't flush it. :) 211... Read more
Caring for an upset stomach:Queasiness, vomiting and diarrhea can make you miserable. Signs and symptoms such as these are usually due to a virus or other stomach bug that lasts only a few days. Persistent symptoms, which can be due to medications... Read more
Fiber plays an important role in your health. Most adults need to eat between 25 and 35 grams of fiber each day. (To learn more about fiber sources and health benefits, read Figuring Out the Facts on Fiber.) Despite all its health benefits, you can o... Read more
When Judi Zucker's son, Tanner, turned 14, he started getting daily headaches, rashes and acne breakouts. At first she chalked it up to puberty. But then the Santa Barbara–based writer was asked to pen a cookbook for people with food allerg... Read more
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