Viral Gastroenteritis

Viral gastroenteritis contamination

Last Updated February 20th, 2019

Overview of viral gastroenteritis

Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are prevalent in low and middle-income countries. These regions lack proper health and hygiene conditions that are necessary to maintain a quality of life. In the tropical and humid regions of the world, these diseases are more widespread. The reason behind this is that these climatic zones are ideal for the growth and propagation of different pathogens. In particular, the prevalence of viral pathogens has become prominent in the last few years. This is leading to some serious disorders like “Viral Gastroenteritis”. It affects people belonging to all age groups.

As per the reports of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (March 14, 2012), 83% of the deaths due to viral gastroenteritis were among people above 65 years. Children, teens, and young adults are equally susceptible to gastroenteritis.

 

What is viral gastroenteritis?

Viral gastroenteritis norovirusViral gastroenteritis is a disease in which severe inflammation of the mucosal linings of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine occurs. The primary causative agent is the Norovirus. But other viral pathogens like Rotavirus, Adenovirus, Calicivirus, and Astrovirus can also contribute to gastroenteritis. In all the cases, the patients exhibit Diarrhoea-like symptoms such as loose semi-liquid stool, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. The symptoms usually last for 1-3 days. This disease is highly communicable and may even give rise to epidemic outbreaks.

 

Pathophysiology of viral gastroenteritis

The virus causing gastroenteritis spreads via different routes. After invading the body of a healthy person, the virus enters the stomach and intestine. In the next step, it causes inflammation and damage of the mucosal linings of the small intestine and the stomach. This inhibits the normal functioning of these organs. In the later stages, the virus multiplies and spreads to the other parts of the digestive tract as well. This marks the onset of viral gastroenteritis. The patients start exhibiting the symptoms shortly after the incubation period (18-72 hours).

 

How does viral gastroenteritis spread?

Viral gastroenteritis is very contagious. It spreads through the following routes-

  • Activities like kissing or handshake with the patient
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Sharing of food, water or utensils
  • Breathing air that contains an air-borne virus
  • Close contact with a person or animal who has infections
  • Infections due to having food or water containing fecal matter or vomit of the patient

 

What causes viral gastroenteritis?

Viral gastroenteritis contaminationThe following viral pathogens are primarily responsible for gastroenteritis-

  • Rotavirus: Rotavirus causes infections mostly in the children between 3-15 months old. The general symptoms are- watery stools, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever. The symptoms appear after 1-3 days of direct contact with the virus. These symptoms usually stay for 3-7days. Adults may also acquire the virus after being in close contact with the patients (children). However, they exhibit less severe symptoms.
  • Calicivirus: The common species of Calicivirus that spreads gastroenteritis is the Norovirus. It can equally affect children and adults. Norovirus infection accounts for epidemic outbreaks. The symptoms appear about 1-2 days of the infection and stay for 1-3 days. The patients experience diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, muscle ache and headache.
  • Adenovirus: Nearly 49 strains of Adenoviruses are present in the environment. One particular variety of Adenovirus cause gastrointestinal infections in children less than 2 years old. The incubation period is of 8-10 days. The symptoms appear after this and last for about 5-12 days. Vomiting and diarrhoea are the general symptoms in this disease. Adenovirus infection can take place at any time of the year.
  • Astrovirus:Astrovirus infection results in diarrhoea and vomiting in small children and infants. Occasionally, adults may also acquire infections. The incubation period is of 3-4 days. The symptoms appear shortly after this and last for 2-7days. Astrovirus infections are more common in winter. Vomiting and watery diarrhoea occurs in this case. But the symptoms are not so severe.

Other general causes of gastroenteritis include the following-

  • Poor hygiene practices like having food without cleaning hands properly, cooking food in unhygienic places, cooking food with contaminated water etc
  • Having foods after incomplete cooking or without cooking (Eg: Shellfish)
  • Having sliced vegetables or fruits kept in the open air for long
  • Weak immunity due to HIV infection, radiation therapies in the past or other existing diseases
  • Having dairy products, alcohol, beverages or fatty food items (can aggravate existing viral gastroenteritis due to temporary intolerance to certain food)
  • Overuse of some broad-spectrum drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen

 

What are the warning signs of viral gastroenteritis?

Viral gastroenteritis painThe mild to moderate symptoms of viral gastroenteritis are as follows-

  • Semi-liquid or watery diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Discomfort during bowel movements
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A headache, fever and occasional chills
  • Urine suppression or production of dark brown urine
  • Dryness of mouth, tongue, and skin
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle cramps
  • Blood in stool (rare)
  • Unstable mood

 

Types of viral gastroenteritis

The following classification of viral gastroenteritis is common-

  • Acute viral gastroenteritis: This type of gastroenteritis results from the intake of contaminated food and drinks. It may also spread from an infected person. Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and muscle cramps occur. But this disease is not so severe and the symptoms last for only 2-3 days.
  • Recurrent viral gastroenteritis: This type of infection arises due to retention of gastroenteritis virus (in dormant form) after a past infection. Activation of these viruses may occur in future. This may cause more severe symptoms like blood in stool, acute dehydration and convulsion.

 

Diagnosis

The following diagnostic tests are necessary for the accurate analysis of viral gastroenteritis-

  • Blood tests
  • Stool culture
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Defecography

 

Treatment and prevention

Make sure to have sufficient amount of fluids to keep you hydrated and have a lot of electrolytes with liquids like – water, fruit juice, energy drinks, broth etc. In some cases, adults can go for over the counter medications like – loperamide (used to consume acute diarrhoea) and bismuth subsalicylate (used to cure diarrhoea, heartburn, and upset stomach)

Preventions

  • Wash your hand thoroughly after – going to the washroom, changing diapers, handling food etc.
  • Make sure that you have taken all your vaccinations and have clean and washed fruits, vegetables and meat.

Facts

  • In Australia, viral gastroenteritis causes almost 50% of paediatric admissions. It is also a significant cause of death among young children.
  • Viral gastroenteritis causes 111 million episodes each year and about 25 million clinical visits. With 2 million hospital visits and 352,000-592,000 deaths every year.

Facts

  • According to the CDC, the noroviruse changes its game every 2-3 years by developing a new strain if virus.
  • Viral gastroenteritis is also called stomach flu and rotavirus gastroenteritis infection.

Facts

  • According to the Center of infectious diseases in Netherland, it was concluded that the water used to wash fruits and vegetables could be the one spreading the norovirus.
  • Winter and spring are the seasons with a high infection rate.

Related Conditions

Want to live a healthy lifestyle?

Subscribe to free FactDr newsletters.

REVAMP YOUR

If you're enjoying our website, we promise you'll absolutely love our new posts. Be the first one to get a copy!

Get factually correct, actionable tips delivered straight to your inbox once a week.

I want the latest scoop on :

We hate spam too. We will never share your email address with anyone. If you change your mind later, you can unsubscribe with just one click

By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the FactDr Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of FactDr subscriptions at any time.

 

Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Since this mostly affects children, keeping an eye on what they eat is important as this infection can be spread by bacteria, parasites, and chemicals as well. This is also called food poisoning.
  • Always make sure to wash your hands and keep your surroundings clean as this infection can be spread by contact – direct or indirect.
  • Pay special attention to your children’s health during spring and winter season as this infection spreads faster at these times.
Don'ts
  • Neglect your health. As you could pass it onto your children unknowingly. This is due to the norovirus which tends to spread among families, communities etc. within close proximity.
  • Forget to get the rotavirus vaccination for your children, to help and prevent the symptoms begin or their conditions worsen.
  • Use the same personal items at home like utensils, toothbrush, hairbrush etc.

 

 

 

Related Conditions

Trending Topics

anal sex
Anal Sex : Tips from experts on how to be kinky yet safe Whether it irks you or stokes your fantasies, anal sex has always been an intriguing sexual act. Learn…
diverticulitis diet
Diverticulitis diet: The right way to eat if you suffer from the disease Are you suffering from diverticultis but clueless about your diet ? Read this complete plan for diverticulitis diet…
understanding addiction
Addiction explained: An obsession that could cost you your life Is addiction a behavioral disorder? Or is it a chronic disease? How does addiction cause chemical and structural…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
Hemp Seeds: The actual science behind this controversial crop Inspite of being credited as a superfood, hemp seeds are still shrouded with layers of controversies. Are these…
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
passion fruit juice
Passion fruit: How one exotic fruit can help you fight infections and cancer! Passion fruit: Why does this exotic fruit have such an enticing name? And how can it protect you…
yoga health benefits
How to practice yoga for astounding health benefits Can a 5000-year-old system be the ultimate body healer? Did you know yoga can make you smarter and…
Penis pump: Pump your way out of erectile dysfunction One of the options to treat erectile dysfunction is by the use of a penis pump. It is…
autoimmune diseases facts
Autoimmune Diseases: Find out if your body is attacking you right now Did you know your body can harm itself? What are autoimmune diseases and why does it harm some…
Maltitol: Things you must know about this artificial sweetener Sugar alcohols are produced by fruits and vegetables. Maltitol is an artificially produced sugar alcohol and is used…
belly fat reduction
Easy and effective ways to get rid of the stubborn belly fat The accumulation of fats in your belly region is the toughest to get rid of (not to mention…
Top 15 fat burning foods you need to start eating from today! Tired of going to gym everyday but seeing no change in your weight? Try these top fat burning…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing is not only…
Latest findings on Kombucha; a teacup full of yeast and bacteria How can a tea consisting of a live culture of bacteria & fungi be healthy? With Kombucha, you…
Oil Pulling: The instant benefits of this ancient Ayurvedic cleansing technique Oil pulling is a great way of making use of easily available cooking oils to achieve high oral…
Coconut oil woman
Coconut Oil: How one oil dominates the kitchen and the medicine kit too Coconut oil has been a favorite in many Asian kitchens. But more than a cooking oil, coconut oil…
Milk Thistle skin
Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes with a plethora…
Juice Plus: Can you really replace actual fruits with pills?  Juice Plus supplements intend to fill nutritional gaps present in our daily diet. But how successful have they…
Lectin: The common link of proteins between peas and people Lectins are a type of protein that are found majorly in legumes. Most people are find it easy…
Meditation: The shortest route to complete peace of mind (& body) in today’s world What is meditation exactly? How can sitting calmly for a few minutes per day contribute to a healthy…
Aphrodisiacs
Aphrodisiacs: These are the best foods to get you in the right mood While wine and chocolates have forever been associated with romance, there are several other aphrodisiac foods that can…
fitness routine fun
10 fantastic ways to make your fitness routine more fun! Are you too bored to exercise? Do you avoid gym cause it's too monotonous? Looking for fun and…
How seitan proved to be a blessing in disguise for vegans worldwide Can only meat-eaters enjoy delicious juicy steaks and burgers? With seitan, the best meat substitute available today,even vegans…
BRAT Diet: What is the right way to follow this diarrhea-relieving diet? BRAT diet, a simple diet consisting of just bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, can help you combat the…
social media adddiction
Your health in the age of Social Media: Why is digital detox a necessity? Did you know that more than 400 million people are dangerously addicted to social media? Are you one…
Keto diet healthy
Keto Diet: Did you know you could eat fats to burn fats? Keto diet - A wonder diet that lets you eat fats and lose weight too! Read on to…
Garlic health benefits cloves
Garlic: Nature’s white pill as an effective home remedy What are the secrets hidden in these tiny white pills? Find out the immense health benefits of using…
Tea Tree Oil : The one stop cure for skin ailments and more… The popularity of tea tree oil, an essential oil, as the ultimate skin care pick is not unheard…
Salt dangers
Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
calorie counter
Calorie Counter: Count your calories before they flab Is calorie counting good? Are calories always bad for you? How do you if you are getting enough…
Exercises or diet? Find out the healthiest way to gain weight Tired of being called skinny all the time? Looking for healthy ways to beef up? Why not try…
Folate: What are the best ways to add this nutrient in your staple diet? Folate is one of the most important pre natal vitamins that can significantly reduce the risk of birth…
about mediterranean diet
Why you should be adopting a Mediterranean style of diet today Ever wondered why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy? One simple solution to lowering risk of several deadliest…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
boost brain health
The ultimate tips on how to boost your brain health Would you like to be smarter? Want a sharp memory but bored of doing sudoku? Try salsa or…
Carb Cycling: Weighing the pros vs the cons of this diet routine Completely discarding carbs from your life will do you more harm than good. Read more about carb cycling,…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and mind.Can a stroll…
hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are you too a…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in your body? Your…
turmeric skin
We bet you didn’t know that turmeric could be this beneficial! Did you know that turmeric, a humble ingredient found in most Indian kitchens could cure countless ailments and…
Spirulina: Battle diabetes and cholesterol with this blue-green algae Spirulina, a species of salt water algae, has now become a billion dollar industry. How you can use…
High Fiber Diet – Fire up your fiber intake for these health benefits! Regular bowels, healthy detox, higher immunity, and guaranteed weight loss - a high fiber diet can bring all…
green tea benefits
Green Tea: Does it really aid weight loss and reverse aging? A centuries-old concoction of fresh green leaves, green tea holds the secret to healthy weight loss & delayed…
CBD oil safe
Cannabidiol benefits: Evaluating the “highs” of CBD Oil The word cannabis paints a picture of addicts. But did you know that CBD oil, extracted from the…
chia seeds weight loss
Chia seeds: How to consume this staple Aztec food to get a leaner body Chia seeds: What is the actual reason for its sudden popularity? Why are celebrities swearing by its amazing…
Kava: Is it the healthy substitute for alcohol you have been waiting for? Native to the beautiful South Pacific islands, Kava is a famous beverage rooted in the local culture. It…
How cooking with CLA safflower oil can help you lose weight? Read and discover more about CLA safflower oil and how it can aid faster fat metabolism in people…
Ginseng: Top reasons how this root can help you boost energy ( & libido too!) Ginseng - Read more about the complete history behind how this root powder became an indelible part of…
Find all the instant ways to get rid of blackheads Blackheads - Not only are they aesthetically unappealing but if left untreated these can cause bacterial overgrowth on…
lifestyle diseases
The Big 5 lifestyle diseases: How your everyday living might be killing you You'd be shocked to know how unhealthy and potentially fatal your everyday routine could be. Has the modern…
alcohol toxic
7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of cold beer add…
Bulletproof coffee recipe
Bulletproof Coffee – Breakfast of champions or yet another health fad? Can this special ketogenic coffee really make your body race as fast as a bullet?
Intermittent fasting
Intermittent Fasting : The “real secret” behind healthy weight loss? Intermittent fasting - This trending diet is all about eat-fast-repeat. Sounds simple doesn't it? However, these are the…
low carb diet meal
Low carb diet : Go high on fats and low on carbs for a leaner body! Did you know that sugar is the new fat? Going low on carbs and high on fats &…
avocado benefits
Avocado: 15 reasons why this fruit should be a staple in your diet Did you know that the word avocado literally means "testicles". Don't get grossed out as this power-packed fruit…
dandelion health benefits
Dandelion: Little parachutes of health and wellness for your whole body Dandelions are not just bright looking blossoms that cheer your mind. These are powerpacked with essential nutrients that…
IIFYM diet shopping
If it fits your macros (IIFYM) : A contemporary macro diet regime A diet that lets you eat everything- sounds unbelievable, right? Well, with IIFYM now you neednt restrict your…
Pomegranate: Why are they called ruby red pearls of health? The shrub Punicagranatum yields a red fruit which is what you normally call pomegranate. The fruit is round…
probiotics healthy
Probiotics: How to best feed your gut bacteria for higher immunity How can a trillion-strong culture of bacteria swimming in your gut possible be good for you? And does…
DHEA wrinkles
DHEA: Now get unbelievable age defiance with this wonder hormone! DHEA is known popularly as the age-defying hormone. This supplement is widely used to slow down aging and…
TBHQ: A carcinogen lingering in your child’s favorite snacks TBHQ - Why you should shun the practice of eating instant noodles or microwave popcorn to get rid…
Silicon Dioxide: How can a component of sand be essential to your wellbeing? Silicon is one of the most abundant elements in the nature. Find out how silicon dioxide can prove…
Chlorella: Therapeutic powers of the billion-year-old algae now within your reach Chlorella - A billion year old nutrient-rich algae that can potentially ward off cancers and high cholesterol; the…
LDL cholesterol level
Lecithin: Learn how you can utilize this fatty acid to improve your cholesterol count Lecithin is primarily a fatty acid found in common foods such as soy and eggs. However, this fatty…
Sharpen your brain with these top brain-friendly foods! Did you know your diet could decide how razor sharp your memory is? Or that what you eat…
Goji berry: A traditional Chinese berry that packs the best of antioxidants Goji berry is an ancient berry that is considered to be power-packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Which means…
Mood swings
The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling creeping up on…
Tart Cherry: The healthiest excuse for taking that second serving of pie Tart cherry has been traditionally used in delectable desserts such as pies. Recent studies have revealed that its…
Hyaluronic Acid: The real helper chemical for younger skin and stronger bones Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body and helps in maintaining skin and…
carrageenan seaweed
Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
eating myths debunked
8 ‘healthy eating’ myths you believed until now Is a zero-carb diet really healthy for you? Are organic products worth their cost? Did you know how…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know some of the…
Serotonin happiness
Serotonin: What you didn’t know about this “feel-good” chemical Serotonin : Did you know that this "feel-good" hormone could well impact your sleep cycle, sex drive, appetite,…
occupational hazards types
Occupational Hazards: How to vouch for your health at your workplace Occupational hazards affect millions worldwide. Chemical spills, faulty wires, deadly pathogen, and work-stress can happen anytime. Follow these…
Creatine: Is this the right peak athletic-performance supplement for you? Creatine is the amino acid that boosts our energy. Did you know creatine supplements can help you reach…
nutritional yeast bread
Nutritional Yeast : How can a fungi culture be good for your body? Nutritional yeast: How a simple culture of fungi can transform your skin, digestion, immunity , and much more.…
Improve sex life
9 best tips from around the world for better sex life How can the pungent-smelling garlic pack in a punch to your libido? How could something as slimy as…
Isagenix diet
Isagenix Diet: Do you really need liquid meal replacements to lose weight? Isagenix Diet - What are liquid meal replacements and why is the world going ga-ga over them? Are…
erectile dysfunction treatment
Erectile Dysfunction: Effective tips to help you get back on charge Erectile dysfunction is a common male sexual dysfunction. Don't stress out. Just follow these amazing tips to get…
black seed oil benefits
Black Seed Oil: What secret benefits could it bestow on your health? Black seeds or nigella seeds are tiny packets of health brimming with amazing benefits. Find out why should…
gout diet purines
Gout Diet : Get relief from painful joints by eating these foods Are you a victim of this painful condition? Are medications providing only short relief? Find a list of…
Jackfruit: Slice your way into higher immunity, better digestion, & more… Native to the South East Asia, the jackfruit is a fruit brimming with thousands of health benefits. Discover…
Legumes: Little pods of infinite nutrition you should consume daily The fruits and seeds of Fabaceae type of plants are called legumes.The most commonly used legumes are chickpeas,…
Ezekiel Bread: How to make the “world’s healthiest bread” in your own kitchen Learn more about Ezekiel bread - a bread belonging to the biblical time and containing the secrets to…
The right way to prepare Alfalfa sprouts at home Alfalfa or lusan ghas is not just a nutritious animal fodder. This flavonoid-rich herb has some amazing health…
Rhodiola Rosea: Hoist yourself to high stamina and a stress-free brain Rhodiola rosea, also known as golden root, is a wonder herbal extract that can rev up your energy…
Love tea, hate tannins? Rooibos tea is just what you need The market is brimming with a multitude of herbal teas. But what makes rooibos tea (or red bush)…
Whey Protein: The real reason why this supplement is a must for bodybuilders Whey protein is the go-to supplement and shake for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. Read more to find out…
Melatonin: Fascinating facts on the hormone that brings you the Zzzs Did you know, melatonin - the chemical that puts you to sleep every night is also involved in…
CLA: A breakthrough weight loss supplement with minimal side effects Tried every weight loss supplement in the market with no substantial gain? Why not try CLA supplements, derived…
Psyllium Husk: More than just an effective natural laxative Psyllium husk, or isabgol, is a popular natural laxative . But did you in addition to regulating bowels,…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
Hibiscus: Nourish your beauty and health with these vibrant blooms Hibiscus is a trumpet shaped flower found abundantly in tropical countries. It has been historically used for its…
Tamarind: The top health benefits of this staple Asian ingredient Did you know this sweet and sour pulpy fruit does more than just add a tangy flavor to…
Experts reveal the safest ways to perform an enema at home The idea of pushing some up your rectal area might make you queasy but an enema could actually…
cancer facts
8 hard-hitting truths no one tells you about cancer Did you know that 1.5 million new cases of cancer are reported every year? Can second-hand smoking kill…
lose weight fast
12 easy and instant steps to successful weight loss Do you want to lose weight without losing your mind? Does weight loss always mean saying goodbye to…
apple cider vinegar weight loss
Apple cider vinegar: Weight loss, shinier hair, and more! Did you know that apple cider vinegar, produced by the simple fermentation of apple juice, could hold the…
oral hygiene tips
6 shocking consequences of bad oral hygiene (and how to avoid them) Did you know bad breath is not just turning off, but also harms your body in ways you…
paleo keto diet
Paleo vs. Keto: Which diet plan is best suited for your body goals? Is eating like a caveman the right way to go? Can you really eat fats to burn fats…
Dunning kruger effect
Medical Mythbusters : How many of these myths did you think were true? Do vaccines cause autism? Does sugar really make kids hyperactive? Don't fall prey to these common health misconceptions!
waking up tired
10 reasons why you might be waking up tired Do you feel you are not getting enough sleep? Sleep-deprived and frustrated? Read on discover the real reasons…
Military diet
Military Diet : Why following a highly restrictive diet is a bad idea Is seiging your calorie intake the right way to attack fats? Read more about Military diet, a highly…
calories healthy
Calories: How to keep a check on these for faster weight loss Did you know you can burn calories while sleeping? Calorie-burning is what causes weight loss. How much should…
kefir bottle
Kefir: Top reasons why this probiotic drink should be consumed by you Yet another remarkable fermented food, kefir is a much healthier version of yogurt. These chewy white grains can…
maltodextrin sugar
Maltodextrin: What are the hidden health benefits of this food additive? Maltodextrin is one of the few food additives that has been relatively deemed safe. Many experts now have…
edamame
Edamame: How healthy are these green baby beans? Edamame or "immature" soybeans are soft and easily digestable forms of soybeans that are great as an eveyday…
Rick Simpson’s Oil: The truths and controversies of this cannabis product Rick Simpson's Oil is an extract from the much-controversial plant, Cannabis. What is the actual truth behind the…
Valerian Root: The best way to achieve tranquil sleep every night Valerian root is probably one of the oldest and safest way to cure your insomnia. Find out how…
Corn: Be amaized by the health benefits of including it in your diet Be it a hearty meal of cornbread or a bucket of popcorn at the movies, corn is a…
Dopamine: How dope is the chemistry that governs human emotions? Dopamine is not just any other chemical secreted by the brain, but a neurotransmitter that governs our emotions,…
How to safely use leptigen as a miracle weight loss supplement? The internet is rife with both praises and negative reviews of Leptigen, a miracle weight loss pill. But…
Tattoo Aftercare: The best practices to follow once you get inked Planning getting permanently inked? Make sure you follow these critical tattoo aftercare techniques to avoid infectious agents attacking…
Erythritol: A healthy sugar substitute or yet another marketing ploy? Erythritol is a popular choice of a healthy alternative sweetening agent in foods. But how healthy can a…
Aloe Vera: The amazing things you can do with this antioxidant-rich gel Aloe vera, a sticky gel-like substance obtained from a cactus-like succulent plant, holds within it the potential to…
Colloidal silver benefits
Colloidal Silver: How silver nanoparticles could enhance immunity and more Silver, though not a vital mineral required your body, still in colloidal form can be useful in boosting…
Greek Yogurt: Discover the secret ingredient to the real Spartan strength Greek yogurt is probably the tastiest way you can enhance your gut microflora. Read more to find out…
stress depressed anxiety
Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling sad? Have you…
lose pregnancy weight
5 most effective ways you can lose those pregnancy pounds! Are you looking for ways to get back into shape? Scared of crash diets? Don't let your post-pregnancy…