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”

Study: probiotics may help treat ulcers

A strain of probiotic bacteria may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that is considered one of the major risk factors in developing gastritis and gastric/ duodenal ulcers. The study is found in the February 2011 issue of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal. “Currently, antibiotic-based treatment for H. pyloriContinue reading “Study: probiotics may help treat ulcers”

Childhood abuse and peptic ulcers

We all know that chronic stress, certain drugs or lifestyle habits as well as presence of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (aka H. pylori) all increase the risk of developing ulcers. But now researchers from the University of Toronto have discovered something new- Victims of childhood physical abuse are more than twice as likely to developContinue reading “Childhood abuse and peptic ulcers”