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How to avoid constipation

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Constipation is one of the most common problems suffered today. It is characterized by an insufficient evacuation of feces in the intestine and causes severe pain and discomfort in the body. If not treated early on it can become a chronic disorder that degenerates in other diseases of the digestive system. The most common causes are a poor diet low in fiber and fluids, sedentary lifestyle, stress, age and overweight.

how to avoid constipation


To avoid constipation is to start by changing habits:

Diet: Diet is one of the keys to treating this condition. It is advisable to include foods high in fiber and whole grains like wheat bran, oats, prunes because they help promote digestion and metabolism. It is important to eat a good portion of fruits and vegetables during the three daily meals accompanied by protein and drink lots of water throughout the day.

Exercise: Key to eliminate toxins and counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Sports need at least three times a week and at least thirty minutes. In addition to improved cardiorespiratory system, stimulates and strengthens the digestive system especially the stomach area. (more…)

Anise, a medicinal herb great benefits

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Anise is an herb of the oldest, and is known for its benefits to the digestive and respiratory apparatus, besides being an excellent complement to deal with stress and nervous conditions.

anise, a medicinal herb great benefits

Anise Nuts provide a spectacular touch as this plant is due to its aromatic presence of anethole, a compound that is also beyond its particular aroma, a sweet taste. It is proven that anethole has more sweetening power than sugar.

This compound also present in other plants such as fennel, tarragon and basil, and are widely used in cooking, especially in Spain, there are bagels and rolls characteristics of anise, and in England, aniseed balls are made inside which keeps part of the whole fruit of this plant, as well as other countries where everyone has their own recipe for baked goods with this plant with many benefits. (more…)

How to digest

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

digestion technique

Good digestion is the basic condition necessary for good health, a nice slim line and a constant. And digestion which allows to food properly fulfills their function, the regular renewal of cell tissue, good quality blood to circulate in the blood vessels, regulate the metabolism of glands.

Poor digestion is the cause of an endless list of ailments and diseases, stomach pain, bloating, gas, constipation, ulcers, diarrhea, etc.. Good digestion is given first and foremost a well balanced healthy diet, good habits and the pace of the meal. A sick animal refuses food and rest; we should learn to imitate him too. (more…)

How to prevent an upset stomach

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The stomach has become a widespread and common disease, and this mainly because of bad eating habits and habits of life blundered. Unfortunately, many people are victims, but how to experience to prevent an upset stomach with a few simple good habits?

stomach problem

If you are also often suffering stomach pains, then the first thing to do is understand the cause: be careful and marked on a calendar when the pain hits you. And state after a stressful day and nerve-wracking? This is the first way to tell if this is incorrect behavior or a pathological problem. (more…)

Peptic Ulcer

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The duodenal or gastric ulcer is characterized by a localized defect in the mucosa, more or less profound. The edge is sharp, covered with a false membrane usually surrounded by a yellowish bead edematous and congestive.

The ulcer is caused by an imbalance between aggressive factors and the mechanisms of mucosal defense.

Common chronic disease, but decreasing. Duodenal ulcer is 4 times more common than gastric. He reached the subjects of all ages. The incidence of these ulcers appears to be declining, this is related to the progressive eradication of Helicobacter pylori, the main factor for the recurrence of ulcer disease.

Risk factors.

  • Heredity
  • Smoking increases the risk by two because it increases acid secretion.
  • Aspirin and NSAIDs because they decrease the mucosal defense.
  • Alcohol
  • Stress its psychological role
  • The food (chewing gum).


The Schilling test

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The Schilling test explores the absorption of vitamin B12, which is normally at the terminal ileum. The absorption of this vitamin requires the presence of a factor secreted by the stomach, intrinsic factor (also called factor Castle). Mal-absorption and can guide a disease linked to lack of intrinsic factor.
Let the patient have received in the last 8 days of vitamin B12
The test is simple, but less and less used. It involves the ingestion and injection of cobalamin:
At T0: after emptying the bladder, to swallow a capsule of vitamin B12 labeled with cobalt 58; (more…)

Pancreatic Tumors

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Tumors of the exocrine pancreas:
Generally poor prognosis.

  • 10% of digestive cancers.
  • Average age of onset.
  • 70 years for women.
  • 65 for men.
  • Promoting role of smoking and chronic pancreatic.


  • 2 / 3: head of the pancreas.
  • 1 / 3: tail of the pancreas.
  • Rapid expansion in loco regional lymph nodes.
  • Adenocarcinoma.


  • Late discovery as long clinically silent
  • Cancer of the head: cholestatic jaundice.
  • Cancer of the body and tail:
    • Epigastric pain type transfixing
    • Impaired general condition.
    • Sometimes palpable epigastric mass


  • The ultrasound examination remains the first line, revealing a poorly defined hypo echoic mass, and to highlight liver metastases. As cites may also be disclosed and demonstrate a peritoneal carcinomas.
  • The echo-endoscopy is useful in diagnosing small tumors.
  • Scanner.
  • ERCP.



Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Gastritis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the lining of the stomach.

Acute gastritis
This acute inflammation of the gastric wall with inflammatory lesions and endoscopic atrophic, there are:

  • gastritis drug are the most common: they are ulcerative and hemorrhagic
  • gastritis Stress during severe surgical diseases (acute renal failure, …), serious infections and severe burns,
  • gastritis, herpes virus CMV frequent since the advent of AIDS,
  • gastritis by ingestion of caustic accompanied by ulceration and hemorrhagic necrosis.

Gastritis are very different and may be a characteristic ulcer syndrome, atypical epigastric pain or gastrointestinal bleeding revealing.


It is based on the decision of the causative agent and the use of antacids and PPIs (the proton pump) (more…)

The Stomach Cancer

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Malignant tumor formed by the uncontrolled proliferation of abnormal cells that invade surrounding structures and tends to produce secondary tumors at bay. A tumor located in the stomach may result from an ulcer in Helicobacter pylori.

  • Affects both sexes equally.
  • The frequency decreases with the evolution of food preservation but remains high (9,000 new cases per year).
  • Geographical disparity.

Stomach Cancer

Risk Factors.

  • Gastric lesions:
    chronic gastritis;
    atrophic gastritis
    Helicobacter Pylori
  • (more…)

Colorectal Cancer

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

It is a malignant tumor that is to say, tumors formed by the uncontrolled proliferation of abnormal cells that invade surrounding structures and which tend to produce secondary tumors remotely (metastasis). Generally, it ‘s act by performing macroscopic adenocarcinoma most often ulcerative lesions infiltrating or vegetating.

The colon is a terminal portion of the digestive tract, large diameter (hence its name from the large intestine) which ensures the continuity of the digestive tract between the intestine and the anus through the rectum. It forms a framework that surrounds the abdominal cavity and small bowel loops. Its length is 1m to 1.50m and its size decreases the cecum (8cm) to the rectum (4 cm). (more…)

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