Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

While it may be embarrassing, and not something you want to share about with your friends over brunch, having pain down there (rectal pain) is a widespread complaint – 10 million Americans self-report hemorrhoids every year. Rectal pain is all too common – but there are so many possible causes to consider.

Pain in the rectum and anus is so prevalent because they’re made up of sensitive, highly vascularised tissues, responsible for removing waste from your body. As a result, there is an increased risk of damage to the tissues and blood vessels, and of bacterial infections.

But what’s causing your pain – and is it worth getting evaluated by a doctor?

When to See


By |2019-05-20T17:01:01-05:00May 20th, 2019|Colonoscopy, Digestive Health, hemorrhoids|Comments Off on Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

How Your Gut Health Can Unlock Your Brain

If you’ve been feeling down – or run-down – for a while now, you may be looking for answers. While I would always urge you to consult your doctor first and foremost, if you’re having a hard time, and digestive discomfort is playing a part, improving gut health may be one of the ways in which you can make a difference.

Do you feel:

  • Tired?
  • Depressed?
  • Like you always have brain fog?
  • That you spend a lot of time evacuating your bowels?
  • Unable to sleep?
  • Like your gut is constantly churning?
  • Unable to concentrate?

The gut-brain connection is a big topic to tackle in one article. My intention is to provide an overview and introduce how your gut health plays an important


By |2019-03-20T17:54:14-05:00March 20th, 2019|Digestive Health|Comments Off on How Your Gut Health Can Unlock Your Brain

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

2019 Colon Cancer Awareness

Every March I like to help promote colon cancer awareness month by providing information regarding steps we can all take to avoid this cancer. Last year I focused on colonoscopy FAQs to help educate & dispel misconceptions about colonoscopy.

This year I wanted to help promote awareness by covering a few important topics on…
• How everyone can lower their risk
• Emphasize discussing with your doctor when you should start screening for colon cancer. Hint… there was a new recommendation in 2018.
• Colon cancer testing options
• An option to save time + copay expense
• 2019 San Antonio colon cancer awareness events

TIP: Colon cancer is one of the most treatable cancers when detected in its


By |2019-02-28T20:20:54-05:00February 28th, 2019|colon cancer, Colonoscopy, Digestive Health|Comments Off on March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Tips

I’ve attended a few holiday parties recently and it got me thinking about how they can be stressful for those with celiac or an intolerance towards gluten. With this in mind, I wanted to re-visit the topic of eating gluten-free and more specifically gluten-free holiday baking.

In this article I’ll cover a few fundamentals regarding gluten and then move on to a few tips & challenges with gluten-free holiday baking.

What is gluten?

Gluten is the generic term for the storage of protein in grains. It is found in wheat, oats, barley, spelt and rye.

It is the high proline and glutamine content in gluten that prevents the proteins from being completely broken down


By |2019-02-25T08:58:34-05:00December 14th, 2018|Diet, Nutrition|Comments Off on Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Tips

9 Hacks to Improve Gut Health Naturally

An unhealthy gut can leave you wasting time in the bathroom – and really, who has time to waste? We’ve all experienced it before – that rumbling sound coming from your stomach when the room is completely silent and that bloated uneasy feeling. That’s something we all want to avoid. I battled this myself for many years as I tried different diet and life style changes trying to find that balance for my system. I attributed it to getting older – which I was – but that didn’t mean I was ready to feel that way. These experiences led me to want to share hacks to improve gut health.

Not only can an unhealthy gut cause unwanted digestive issues, but


By |2018-11-14T12:03:31-05:00November 14th, 2018|Diet, Digestive Health, Nutrition|Comments Off on 9 Hacks to Improve Gut Health Naturally

A Tipsy Look Inside The Effects of Alcohol on Your Gut

A long day after work or a day filled with screaming kids – all you can think about is pouring a glass of wine or popping open a nice cold beer. As you take the first sip of your drink, you think, “It’s all about the small things in life!”

An alcoholic beverage is definitely nice for relaxation and social events. But too much of a good thing can eventually turn into a bad thing.

I’m not saying you need to restrain from all alcohol consumption, but excessively drinking alcohol can have a major impact on your health.

Moderate drinking consists of 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day


By |2018-10-09T10:42:42-05:00September 12th, 2018|Digestive Health|Comments Off on A Tipsy Look Inside The Effects of Alcohol on Your Gut

5 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

Did you know, there are trillions of bacteria creeping in every little nook and cranny in your digestive tract? There’s bacteria in your gut.

Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? That’s because we’re conditioned to believe bacteria is bad. Chances are you over clean your house and wash your hands constantly. In the US, we wage war on germs – but this is a big mistake because bacteria isn’t always bad for you.

Your gut microbiome is a fascinating ecosystem of bacteria that works to improve many aspects of your health. When it isn’t  functioning well, complications can arise. Probiotics are marketed as a quick fix to get your gut back to normal. But if it was that easy to cure gut issues, we’d


By |2018-09-06T11:48:12-05:00August 9th, 2018|Digestive Health, Nutrition|Comments Off on 5 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

Having Digestive Issues? You Might Be Missing This Vital Element

During summertime, the sun in San Antonio starts getting brighter. We can feel the effects of the water loss on our bodies when trying to get out of our car after a long drive, our legs get stuck to our seats with sweat. Or when we pass out on our beach towels in the sun and wake up drenched in sweat– and probably a little sun-burnt too. We lose a lot of water through sweat in the summer and it’s important that we put back as much as our bodies are losing – because it’s vital to our health.

Water, food, air, and shelter are the 4 most basic things every living organism needs to stay alive. You can


By |2018-09-06T11:48:51-05:00June 25th, 2018|Nutrition|Comments Off on Having Digestive Issues? You Might Be Missing This Vital Element

Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

For most colon cancer screening has always been synonymous with a colonoscopy procedure. Other screening test options have been available for years, but not until recently have the colon cancer home tests received so much attention due to increased consumer advertising.

As a result of the ads, several patients have been asking if colon cancer home tests are a viable option to screening option. These questions prompted my interest in writing this article to better educate on the pros and cons of various screening options.

As a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, a focus of my practice is to increase the participation rates of those getting screened for


By |2018-05-24T11:11:08-05:00May 24th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colon Cancer Home Tests vs Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy FAQs

With March being Colon Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help spread the awareness message in San Antonio, TX that following the recommended screening guidelines is the key to beating this cancer. This year I thought I would do something different by sharing a few Colonoscopy FAQs to help dispel some of the misconceptions and educate on why it is best way to screen for colon cancer.

If you know someone 50 years or older, make sure they know about the importance of colon cancer screening. Thank you in advance for helping to promote this awareness message in San Antonio and let me know if you have any questions related


By |2018-03-27T17:13:52-05:00March 8th, 2018|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Colonoscopy FAQs