Digestive Ailments

Is it IBS? What you need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Is it IBS? What you need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

You may have heard the term IBS….but what exactly is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Here, Dr. Brad Jacobs, MD, and chair of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board, talks to us about IBS symptoms, and how to effectively manage them with simple changes to diet, lifestyle and supplementation. The first thing to realize is that the...

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The Link Between Probiotics and Optimal Health (Video)

May 13, 2014
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Don’t know why you should be taking probiotics? Here, Dr. Tori Hudson talks about the importance of probiotics for people of all ages. In children, probiotics can be helpful for reducing allergies, asthma, eczema and digestive problems; for adults, different strains can help reduce bowel diseases, bladder infections, vaginal infections and to bring gut...

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Natural Ways to Battle Heartburn

May 6, 2014
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Did you know? Many natural remedies are available for reducing symptoms of acid reflux, GERD or heartburn. Here, Dr. Brad Jacobs talks about strategies for reducing acid reflux, as well as supplements that can coat the stomach and increase tightening of the esophageal sphincter, including marshmallow root, DGL, d-Limonene and melatonin.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Probiotics

Frequently Asked Questions About Probiotics

Probiotics are an important part of your supplement regimen and can support immunity, balance digestive health and more (learn more about which strains to look for based on your health concern.) Here, Tori Hudson, ND, member of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board, answers some of the most common questions our practitioners get about how...

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Digestive Products by Herb Pharm

By David Bunting, Herb Pharm Shop all Herb Pharm products > Good digestion is one of the most crucial factors influencing our health. Together with oxygen and water, food provides all of the starting materials for building and maintaining our bodies and minds. And digestion is the body’s gateway for all of the nutrients...

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Snapshot: Different Probiotic Species and Strains

April 22, 2013
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As a follow up to our post on how to choose a probiotic, here’s a snapshot look at different probiotic strains, when they’re useful and where to find them. Probiotic species & strains  Health benefits Where you’ll find it B. longum   The most significant and important probiotics in the body, and among the...

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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

February 11, 2013
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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

We know now that probiotics are good for us. But with so many to choose from, how do we choose one that’s right for us? Not all probiotics are created equal; different varieties of bacterial strains have different benefits, in addition to differing potencies, routes of ingestion, manufacturing methods and so on. Read on...

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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

January 24, 2013
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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

Probiotics are microorganisms, including both bacteria and yeast, that live in the small and large intestines (also referred to as the gut). Collectively, all organisms in the gut are referred to as flora. There are more than 400 different types of bacteria species living in the gut, accounting for a whopping 3-5 pounds of...

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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

October 29, 2012
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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

Enzymes aren’t just vital for digestion—they’re important for the function of every cell in the body. In order to maintain balance in the structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems, there are millions of metabolic enzyme reactions happening in your body. Where do enzymes come from? Enzymes are proteins made by the...

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The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

This is part of our continuing series on the function of vitamins in the body. The family of B vitamins is collectively called the B Complex. B Vitamins are used in many ways, from helping the liver clear toxins and excess hormones to creating energy within our cells. Every system in your body requires...

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