Exercise and Digestive Health

Much of the content that I’ve written on my website relative to improving digestive symptoms and conditions almost always includes recommendations promoting a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. As a result, I wanted to give a more detailed explanation regarding how exercise can benefit your digestive system, so that you better understand the direct correlation between an active lifestyle and better digestive health.

Exercise and Overall Digestive Health

Before discussing how exercise can contribute to improving our digestive health, I wanted to briefly explain the gut/intestinal microbiome and the importance of keeping it in balance. The gut microbiome is defined as the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment and create a sort of “mini-ecosystem”. Our gut microbiota contains


By |2017-09-11T16:22:09-05:00September 11th, 2017|colon cancer, constipation, Digestive Health|Comments Off on Exercise and Digestive Health

7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Are you considering seeing a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, TX? In most cases, my recommendation to those experiencing things like stomach pain or other digestive symptoms is to see your primary doctor first and they can decide if the cause is less severe than anticipated or needs the attention of a GI specialist. However, if you don’t have a primary care physician or if you’re experiencing chronic ongoing GI issues, you should ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist or contact one directly that participates in your insurance network.   

I often have conversations with first time patients where they let me know that they were unsure of what type of doctor to see for their symptoms, so


By |2019-02-07T11:47:27-05:00August 7th, 2017|Bloating, Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, IBD|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Barrett’s Esophagus – Recognizing the Symptoms

Barrett’s esophagus is a common condition encountered by gastroenterologists in San Antonio. With Barrett’s esophagus, the lining of the lower esophagus changes over time and starts to look like small intestine instead of esophagus. A normal esophagus lining should have a pink and shiny color. The lining of the small intestines, and of Barrett’s, looks red and velvety. The problem with this transformation in the lower esophagus is that Barrett’s is a precancerous condition, and if left untreated could transform into cancer. According to the NIH, men are twice as likely to develop Barrett’s esophagus as women.

To get a better understanding of Barrett’s esophagus, first we should discuss gastroesophageal reflux disease, or


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00June 16th, 2017|Acid Reflux|Comments Off on Barrett’s Esophagus – Recognizing the Symptoms

Constipation – When to see a Doctor

I’ve written previously on the common condition of having constipation, which provides a good overview of the causes and initial treatment options. However, my practice receives a lot of calls from patients wondering what the determining factors are regarding when they should see a doctor for this condition. These questions were the inspiration for creating more guidance on how constipation should be perceived and treated by patients. While this is never a pleasant topic to discuss or experience, a normal occurrence of bowel movements is important for everyone’s overall health. I hope those reading this information in the San Antonio, TX area find this information helpful, and if you need to see a


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00April 17th, 2017|colon cancer, constipation|Comments Off on Constipation – When to see a Doctor

2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

“I’m an avid sports fan.  I am proud of what the sports community has done to help raise awareness for breast cancer.  If you watch sports enough you will frequently see the “pink” awareness color of breast cancer in the stands, on uniforms, on athletic equipment and on signs and banners.  We need this constant reminder because breast cancer is preventable, yet still takes way too many lives.  Colon cancer awareness color is “dark blue”.  This color, and reminder, I don’t see nearly enough.  Colon cancer, also preventable, is the second leading cause of cancer death in our country.  It’s my job as a gastroenterologist to


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00March 1st, 2017|colon cancer, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on 2017 Colon Cancer Awareness

Improve Your Digestive Health – Juice Cleanse?

The start of 2017 brings out a variety of new year resolutions… better diet, more exercise, avoid alcohol, etc. With the popularity and media coverage on various cleanses, I’ve had several patients ask me recently about whether they should do a juice cleanse to improve their digestive health. As a result, I wanted to provide the opinion of a gastroenterologist on this topic. I did write an article on colon cleanses in August 2016, so this time I’ll focus just on juice cleanses and the pros/cons in regards to effecting your digestive health.

Spoiler Alert: I do not recommend doing a juice cleanse.

What is a Juice Cleanse?

Juice cleansing is a diet


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00February 13th, 2017|Digestive Health|Comments Off on Improve Your Digestive Health – Juice Cleanse?

2017 Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk – San Antonio, TX

This March I’ll be participating in the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk in San Antonio with co-workers from our gastroenterology clinic and endoscopy center. I’m very proud that the Gastroenterology Clinic of San Antonio will be a presenting sponsor in this year’s event. This is a family friendly walk/run with lots of great kid’s activities.

Proceeds from this event will be granted towards programs that will raise colon cancer screening rates, increase awareness, and educate the public about the signs and symptoms of this disease in the San Antonio, TX community. I encourage everyone to join us to help raise awareness and colon cancer screening rates in San Antonio. To learn more about colon cancer and


By |2017-02-01T15:16:11-05:00February 1st, 2017|colon cancer|Comments Off on 2017 Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk – San Antonio, TX

Treating Hemorrhoids – What are the best options?

The National Institute of Digestive Diseases describes hemorrhoids as swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum, which affect 3 out of 4 adults during their lifetime. Causes are generally from events that put extra pressure in the lower rectum like straining during a bowel movement, prolonged sitting or heavy lifting. Sometimes a patient has none of these risk factors and the cause of their hemorrhoids is unknown. Common symptoms are bleeding, feeling of fullness in rectum, itching/pain around the anus and protruding lumps from the anus.

Since hemorrhoids are so common, I wanted to go over a few basics


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00December 1st, 2016|hemorrhoids|Comments Off on Treating Hemorrhoids – What are the best options?

Intestinal Gas: Do I have too much?

The National Institute of Digestive Diseases describes gas in the digestive tract as air that leaves your body through your mouth when you burp or through your anus when you pass gas. For this blog I’ll be focusing on air that leaves our body through the anus. The actual intestinal gas that leaves through the anus is called flatus, also known as farting, and flatulence is the “flatus or gas” that is expelled through the anus.  In some instances, flatus contains a small amount of sulfur and it’s the sulfur that gives it the odor.

A certain amount of gas production is normal in everybody.  Even though she


By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00October 3rd, 2016|Bloating|Comments Off on Intestinal Gas: Do I have too much?

Do I need a Colon Cleanse?

I regularly have patients ask me if they should periodically be doing a colon cleanse to benefit their overall digestive health.  Since various “cleanses” are getting more popular, I thought it would be helpful to share the opinion of a gastroenterologist on this topic. My hope with this article is to provide some useful information, so that those considering a colon cleanse can make a more educated decision as to whether this is an actual health benefit or more of a fad.

What is the Function of the Colon?

To maintain good digestive health, your body must effectively eliminate food and bodily waste!  What we eat and drink travels from our stomach


By |2016-08-14T12:26:31-05:00August 14th, 2016|Bloating, Bowel Movements, Colonoscopy|Comments Off on Do I need a Colon Cleanse?