Human Digestive System

Diverticulitis: What is Diverticula? Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Diverticulitis: What is Diverticula? Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Diverticulitis is a serious condition of the intestines that is common in both men and women over the age of 40 years old. Some younger people can develop it too though. It begins as a different condition called “diverticulosis,” which is a medical term that refers to the formation of pockets along the walls of the intestines. Only when the pockets become inflamed does the term “diverticulitis” ap... »

What is Peristalsis and Why Should I Care?

Peristalsis is an important part of digestion. It’s how food gets: down your throat… through your stomach… through your small intestine then… through your large intestine… to it’s final destination the rectum (before exiting out the back door ;). Peristalsis or “peristaltic action” is what moves food through your entire digestive tract. When things g... »

The Human Digestive System

Here is a quick tour of the human digestive system. Knowing how it works can help you understand what’s going wrong, and THAT can be the key to getting it fixed! Note that the digestive system is incredibly complex. We’re not going into deep detail here. This is just what you need to know to understand your irritable bowel syndrome. See “What is IBS” or find out more about ... »