Malnutrition Very Common with IBD

Screen early and screen often. That’s the message from a doctor at Cedars-Sinai hospital. Studies estimate up to 70% of all inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients have some level of malnutrition. In fact, 26% of IBD patients are likely to be deficient in Vitamin B6, and up to 100% are likely to be low in…

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Could Your Poop Be Your Hidden Superpower?

Most of us aspire to be something great: an artist, hero, teacher, or leader. Maybe you just strive to be a great parent, neighbor, coworker, or friend. But there’s probably one place you never expected to find a hidden superpower: your poop. The Gut Microbiome A microbiome is the collection microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and fungi)…

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Medical Marijuana and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Medical marijuana is gaining traction across the US. To date, 33 states have legalized pot for medicinal purposes. In 10 states plus Washington D.C. marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use. So, what about using weed to manage digestive diseases? Good question. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation recently commissioned a white paper summarizing all…

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Is your doctor (unintentionally) holding you back?

We love doctors. One of the reasons we created GIThrive is to help gastroenterologists. GIThrive is designed to bridge gaps in care, making it easier for patients to follow GI docs’ advice. That said, here’s a summary of another academic article our gut health nerds found interesting… In a 2016 study, researchers wanted to learn…

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Managing the Cost of Digestive Disease: Therapeutic Nutrition

To be blunt, the medical community is largely ineffective when it comes to educating patients on how big a role diet plays in their health. It’s not that providers don’t try; it’s the system itself. Due to limited face time between docs and their patients, missing resources, and a lack of collaboration between providers, patient…

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The Growing Cost of Gut Trouble in the US

Getting sick is expensive. When it comes to gastrointestinal (GI) issues, the numbers are shocking. The report below examines the healthcare costs of GI symptoms like heartburn, diarrhea, and vomiting, as well as chronic GI diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). New numbers show that GI trouble is not only…

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SCD for Crohn’s: A Diet Review

Using food as treatment therapy for Crohn’s disease isn’t a new idea. In fact, it’s a concept that has been around for decades, but only recently has it started to gain traction in scientific circles. In a push to find alternative treatment options, researchers are exploring just how much of an impact diet can have…

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Yep, Poop Transplants are a Real Thing

Okay, technically it’s not called a poop transplant. The actual name of the procedure is fecal microbiota transplant, FMT for short. FMT is based on a simple idea: Take a sample of bacteria from the gut of a healthy individual and transfer it to someone who’s got a disease, like Crohn’s or colitis, two inflammatory…

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Social Status: It’s complicated (for IBD)

Where are you getting your information? No surprise, the answer to this question is probably the Internet. What is surprising is that Facebook comes out on top as an info source for important health information. Hmmm… The study According to the article below, a group of researchers from Boston University gathered data from over 1,900…

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Carnivore or Herbivore: How Your Diet Alters Your Gut Bugs

Carnivore or Herbivore: How Your Diet Alters Your Gut Bugs

At Vivante, we’re the digestive health experts. We live for this stuff. Here’s a short summary of another academic article our gut health nerds found interesting… Our gut is filled with lots of bugs. Microscopic ones. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms make a comfy home for themselves in our digestive tract. And that’s a good…

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Paralyzing Fear of Accidents

Q Accidents – I am terrified to go anywhere in case I have an accident due to my colitis. I keep turning down friends that invite me to various events, and my poor kids are convinced that I have no interest in their extracurricular activities. I get so nervous when I have to go somewhere…

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Managing IBD with a Smartphone App: Yep, it can work!

Managing IBD with a Smartphone App: Yep, it can work!

At Vivante, we’re the digestive health experts. We live for this stuff. Here’s a short summary of another academic article our gut health nerds found interesting… Managing IBD with the help of an app is not a far-fetched idea. As an illness that commonly affects young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, most IBD patients are…

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