Chronic hives: what is going on inside the body?

If you’ve had hives before, you will know how annoying they can be. It’s even more annoying when they keep coming back, or get worse instead of going away. Hives (also known as urticaria) are red, itchy welts or wheals brought about by the immune system releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation andContinue reading “Chronic hives: what is going on inside the body?”

Embarrassed with bloating, excessive gas or belching after meals? Address the culprits.

Does your belly extend (like you’re 6 months pregnant) after eating? Do you burp or pass gas excessively? These symptoms are not only uncomfortable, but often embarrassing when others are around. Read on to learn more about potential culprits that cause these embarrassing (and possibly debilitating) symptoms. Could it be SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial OvergrowthContinue reading “Embarrassed with bloating, excessive gas or belching after meals? Address the culprits.”

Help your child regulate emotions and build meaningful relationships

Have you ever wondered why some people bounce back from setbacks and challenges more easily than others? Or how some people can create and maintain meaningful friendships for life while others struggle in relationships? Emotional intelligence or emotional literacy refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as to readContinue reading “Help your child regulate emotions and build meaningful relationships”

What to eat to support probiotics in your gut

Everyone knows the health benefits of probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that promotes good health. Many people ensure adequate probiotic intake either through probiotic foods or through supplementation. But how can we help our friendly bacteria flourish in our gut? It turns out that eating the right foods can feed the good bacteria in our gutContinue reading “What to eat to support probiotics in your gut”

Abdominal pain and diarrhea? Bloated or excessive burping? You may have SIBO.

What is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition affecting the small intestine. SIBO is caused when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. It typically causes pain and diarrhea. Experts estimate that up to 80% of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers may actually have SIBO. SomeContinue reading “Abdominal pain and diarrhea? Bloated or excessive burping? You may have SIBO.”

Staying home during COVID-19 pandemic: how to avoid overeating

Are you among the millions staying at home during this pandemic? You may have seen the “COVID-19” memes about gaining 19 pounds during self-isolation at home. It’s easy for some people to overeat on a normal day, not to mention now, as we face unprecedented and unpredictable times. Have you been craving high-calorie and high-sugarContinue reading “Staying home during COVID-19 pandemic: how to avoid overeating”

Coronavirus COVID-19: virus can survive on surfaces for up to 17 days and ‘digestive symptoms are common’

The coronavirus survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, living much longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. Traces of the coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengersContinue reading “Coronavirus COVID-19: virus can survive on surfaces for up to 17 days and ‘digestive symptoms are common’”

Does gut bacteria affect your happiness?

The gut microbiome (i.e. the bacteria in our gut) has been getting lots of attention recently. Scientists are becoming increasingly aware of the key role these trillions of microbes play in health and disease. Not only do these gut microbes within us help us digest food and metabolize drugs but over the past decade, researchContinue reading “Does gut bacteria affect your happiness?”

Thyroid illness: can we decrease thyroid antibodies naturally?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease are autoimmune conditions where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, which produces hormones that regulate metabolism, energy and mood. In these autoimmune conditions, the immune system creates anti-thyroid autoantibodies (aka thyroid antibodies) that damage the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism (click here if youContinue reading “Thyroid illness: can we decrease thyroid antibodies naturally?”

What you should know about alcohol bloating and weight gain

You drink a few glasses of wine and there it is- your stomach or abdomen expands to a point where it’s uncomfortable, noticeable and embarrassing. Why does this happen? It turns out that drinking alcohol may lead to irritation and inflammation in the stomach (i.e. gastritis) which leads to bloating. Alcohol can also cause weightContinue reading “What you should know about alcohol bloating and weight gain”