digestion

This week: E-cigarettes, opiates and digestive diseases

Jul 19, 2016

Electronic cigarettes, promoted as producing water vapor instead of smoke, actually produce an aerosol with tiny particles that could cause lung problems, according to Theresa Hankin, a respiratory therapist at the Upstate Cancer Center.

The tobacco-derived liquid in e-cigarettes and related devices contains highly addictive nicotine and traces of elements like heavy metals, Hankin notes. Although some tout the devices as a way to quit smoking, many people end up using both kinds of cigarettes.

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Abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation—these are symptoms none of us like to talk about, but they are also the leading symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In some cases, symptoms may be mild and ignored, but in other cases they can be severe and interfere with day-to-day life.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Salam Zakko, a gastroenterologist and founder of the Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute at Bristol Hospital, sheds some light on the disorder that no one likes to talk about.

Does a healthy gut mean a healthy body?

Dec 8, 2013
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Emerging research reveals that good digestion and a healthy digestive tract are dependent on beneficial bacteria, also known as probiotics. But you don't have to buy special yogurt to add probiotics to your diet. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi also aid in digestion and improve your immune system. Once you learn the basics of fermenting, it can be a fun and inexpensive way to preserve food at home and add essential nutrients.

This week on Take Care, Amy Jeanroy explains the benefits of eating fermented foods. Jeanroy is a newspaper editor, food writer and co-author of the book, "Fermenting for Dummies," published earlier this year. She's been making and eating fermented foods for 20 years and shares her love of preparing food at home on her website, TheFarmingWife.com.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Amy Jeanroy.