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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Robyn Chutkan, MD
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What is the best food to eat for digestive health?
Raw and fermented foods are the most important food sources you can eat to keep your digestive system running smoothly. In this video, integrative gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, MD, describes the foods you should eat for good digestive health.
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Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, pain? If you have digestive complaints, our action plans can help.
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