The Digestive System: An Owner’s Guide
Your digestive system transforms the food you eat into the energy you need. When it works well, you feel great – but when problems like constipation or irritable bowel syndrome come along, things don’t seem so rosy. Here’s what you need to know to keep your digestive system running smoothly.Read More
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The number of Americans who get food poisoning every year
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Digestive Health Q&As
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is usually experienced as a burning sensation or pain behind the breastbone or a backup of bitter acid into the mouth. Ten percent of Americans experience . . .
- Q How can I improve my digestion?
- Q What does it mean if my stools are an unusual color?
- Q How does aging affect the stomach?
- Q How often should I have a bowel movement?
- Q What is the best food to eat for digestive health?
- Q How can I prevent indigestion?
- Q What should I do if I am lactose intolerant?
- Q What disorders may be mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Q Do digestive diseases run in families?
- Q How much fiber should I eat each day?
Digestive Health Action Plans
Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, pain? If you have digestive complaints, our action plans can help.
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Color-Coded Guide to Digestive Health
There's a reason doctors use stool samples to diagnose all kinds of digestive complaints. Here's how you can use color as a clue to what’s going on inside.