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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

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

Which Diet is Best for You?

There are a lot of food choices for us to make and choosing the right diet for you can feel a little overwhelming at times. To help you sort through the noise and get you off on the right track, I’ve outlined four great diets worth considering.

  1. The Paleo Diet
  2. The Low FODMAP Diet
  3. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet – SCD
  4. The Mediterranean Diet

Each of these are great for different reasons. You may even find you feel your best when you take elements from each and combine them to make your own personal plan. Fortunately, once you have a good idea which diet is best for you and your personal goals there’s mountains of


By |2018-09-06T11:49:33-05:00February 14th, 2018|Digestive Health, Nutrition|Comments Off on Which Diet is Best for You?

Eating for a Healthy Gut

I often get asked for recommendations on dietary choices that will help promote a healthy gut, so I wanted to provide a brief background on the gut along with a few things to keep in mind when making food choices. My hope is that this information will help to educate those reading the article on the important role the gut plays in our overall health.

The gut is often referred to as the gut flora or gut microbiota, which are the names given to the microbe population living in our intestines. Since this is a non-scientific article, I’ll just keep it simple and refer to this area as “the gut”. The intestines contain approximately 100 trillion microorganisms and 10 times more


By |2018-01-31T01:21:52-05:00December 23rd, 2017|Digestive Health|Comments Off on Eating for a Healthy Gut

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

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?