Health and fitness
The Hidden Problem with Your Digestion

A huge percentage of people who seem perfectly healthy on the outside go through life feeling quietly bloated and uncomfortable. It seems like everyone around them can eat anything they like with no obvious consequences, while they seem to react to anything and everything.

It’s nothing so extreme they can’t deal with it, of course; if they found themselves doubled over in pain from a particular food or restaurant, they’d quickly learn to avoid the trigger. But they’ve never been able to pinpoint the problem. Their bowels alternate between constipation and diarrhea, with no apparent pattern. Because they can’t identify the cause, and because the doctor has told them all they can do is manage symptoms, they’ve just learned to live with it.

And yet they wonder… does everyone feel this way? Is this normal?

I see cases like this every day. There was even a time when I lived it myself. And I can tell you: the answer is no. It’s not normal, and it is possible to heal.

The collective term usually applied to such symptoms is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. This is less of a diagnosis, and more of a description of symptoms.1 This is because there are several possible underlying causes.

Gluten intolerance may be wildly over-diagnosed, warns nutritionist

Listen up: You are more likely to experience allergic reactions from eating fruits and vegetables than gluten, according to a paper published in the Clinical & Experimental Allergy. Although many claim that they’re allergic to gluten, the study showed that only one percent of people actually have a reaction to wheat compared to the two percent that’s allergic to fresh produce.

Dr. Isabel Skypala of the Imperial College London found that a little-known condition called Pollen Food Syndrome affects two percent of people, which is double the actual number of gluten allergy sufferers. This condition is triggered by allergens found in peaches, celery, carrots, and apples. This allergic reaction can cause symptoms that are similar to allergic rhinitis (hay fever): runny nose, itchy eyes, mouth or skin, fatigue, and congestion. In more extreme cases, the throat may close up.

“Three-quarters of people come to my clinic convinced they have a problem with wheat and dairy, and have already cut them out.

Women found to purchase more flirtatious clothing when they shop during their fertile window, say scientists

A woman’s menstrual cycle affects many things from her mood, to her eating and exercise routines, and even her shopping habits. A new study suggests that women are more likely to shop for clothes when they are most fertile, and are more likely to choose sexier, more flirtatious outfits at this time.

In a study done by the University of New South Wales in Australia and published in Psychoneuroendocrinology,  psychologists examined the shopping behavior of 98 women at different points of their cycle, reported. They observed the participants when they were non-fertile, either at the start or end of their cycle, and during their six-day fertile window in the middle of the cycle. During their fertile period, women said that they would spend the most money on clothes.

At the same time, the participants were shown 10 outfits that had been earlier rated by 67 men and women based on their sexiness. The outfits were typical date outfits, though those that were rated as sexier were tighter, shorter, or more revealing. The participants were asked to rate clothes based on how much they would be willing to spend on them. Results showed that the participants leaned towards the sexier outfits when they were on their fertile window.

Researchers suggest that the change in preference may be a biological response, positing that women are more motivated to attract mates when they are most fertile.

“In this sense, that women are more interested in buying clothes when they are fertile probably has adaptive significance. Because fertility is the only time a woman can conceive, it makes sense that this is the time a woman is most interested in attracting potential suitors but also intimidating sexual rivals — even if she is completely unconscious of doing so,” lead author Dr. Khandis Blake said in the report.

The study also found that women were more assertive when they were most fertile.