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We want to help you make the best decisions for your health, so we developed educational resources for a variety of digestive conditions, treatment options and nutrition plans.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet

IBS is a very common disorder. Please refer to the essay Irritable Bowel Syndrome for details about this disorder. This information is directed to dietary considerations. The large bowel or colon is the site of many beneficial bacteria.  However, the colon is the site for many of the symptoms in IBS patients. Since this organ […]

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Kidney Stone Diet

Almost everyone knows someone who has had kidney stones. The kidneys filter the blood to remove excess mineral salts and other soluble wastes. The kidneys also produce the urine that dissolves these wastes and excretes them through the urinary tract. Kidney stones form when the urine becomes so saturated with a certain mineral that no […]

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance develops when the body has difficulty digesting whole and skim milk and other dairy products. Lactose is a milk sugar and like most sugars, it is broken down by enzymes in the intestinal tract so it can be absorbed as an energy source. The enzyme that breaks down lactose is called lactase. When […]

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Lactose-Free Low-Lactose Diet

Lactose is the simple sugar found in milk and milk products. It can also be found in a variety of other foods and even as a filler in some pills and capsules. The enzyme lactase, present in the lining of the small intestine, splits lactose into two simple sugars. These simple sugars can then be […]

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Low Cholesterol Diet

Fat is a major energy source for the body. However, it is not the body’s only source of energy.  Too much fat in the diet can be harmful. It is especially bad for the circulatory system, because it raises blood cholesterol levels that can contribute to heart attack or stroke. This diet is designed to […]

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Low Copper Diet For Wilson’s Disease

Wilson’s disease is a hereditary disorder in which the body retains too much copper. Copper is a trace mineral in the body. This means it is essential for good health, but only a tiny amount is needed. When excess copper accumulates, it is stored in the eyes, brain, kidneys, and liver. Excess copper collecting in […]

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Low Fat Diet

For a regular healthy diet, it is recommended that of the total calories eaten, no more than 30% should come from fat. However, certain diseases and medical conditions can make it difficult for the body to tolerate even that much fat, so a low-fat diet may help people with these conditions. Gallbladder Disease: Bile secreted […]

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Low Fiber/Low Residue Diet

Dietary fiber is the undigestible part of plants that maintains the structure of the plant.  Dietary fiber includes cellulose, hemicellulose, polysaccharides, pectins, gums, mucilages, and lignins.  Although they are chemically unrelated, they all resist digestion by the human body.  It is this resistance that makes these fibers important in both the normal functioning and in […]

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Low Protein Diet

Protein is a nutrient needed by the body for normal growth, wound healing, and the ability to fight infection. People with severe kidney or liver disease often must limit the amount of protein they eat because their bodies cannot use the protein properly. Dangerous waste products can build up in the blood from eating too […]

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Mediterranean Diet

A well-planned diet plays a major role in keeping the body fit and preventing illness. In the United States, the food guide pyramid is the regular diet recommended for healthy people over two years of age. In other parts of the world, agriculture, climate, and cultural differences influence what foods people eat and how those […]

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