How to Beat the Belly Blues

Learn how probiotics could influence your digestive health!

How to Beat the Belly Blues

Do you suffer from bloating or other digestive issues? It could be that your gut bacteria are out of whack. That’s right – there are microorganisms living in your intestines that aid in the digestive process! Learn more about digestive health and how you can help tame some of your tummy troubles.

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The Digestive Process

Digestion is a complex process involving many steps starting in your mouth. Your teeth break food down into small pieces and enzymes in your saliva help to start digesting some of the sugars in your food. Food then moves to your stomach, which churns the food and breaks it into even smaller pieces. From there, it heads to the small intestine where enzymes and special chemicals help to break down the food into its molecular components so that they can be absorbed into the blood stream. What’s left over hits the large intestine, which absorbs most of the water left over in the food.

Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.