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Docusate Sodium

Docusate sodium is a stool softener laxative used to relieve occasional constipation. It is typically the first method employed, as it is effective and has mild side effects. Another advantage of docusate sodium is that it tends to be fast-acting and can produce a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours for oral dosage. DocuSol…
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About Painful Bowel Movements

Are you experiencing painful bowel movements, but you don’t know why? Before you feel embarrassed or worried, understand that pain during bowel movements is quite common. Most individuals will experience painful bowel movements at some point in their lives. If it is a one-time or isolated event, you likely don’t need to be overly concerned.…
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How Gut Health Affects Your Immune System

The COVID-19 pandemic makes all of us more aware of immune system health, and we all want to do what we can to stay as healthy as possible. Proper nutrition, good sleep hygiene, and fitness are all things we care for to make our immune system strong. Did you know that gut health is critical…
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COVID-19 and Fecal Transmission – Reduce Your Risk

Most of us know that washing hands after going to the bathroom to reduce risk of coming into contact with germs, fecal matter, or other contaminants is always a good idea. In the age of COVID-19, it becomes a practice that could save lives. What many of us likely don’t know, however, is about the…
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How Stress Affects Gut Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unusual level of stress for all of us. In a short period of time, everyone’s ‘normal’ routine was upended no matter what our circumstances are, or where we live. Now, more than ever, we need to prioritize self-care by focusing as much as we can on healthy habits and…
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Enemas for Constipation: What You Need to Know

Constipation is a common and uncomfortable condition that affects 42 million Americans. The medical definition of acute constipation is less than three bowel movements per week and/or hard, dry, lumpy, and difficult to pass stools. In this post we discuss the causes of constipation, home remedies for constipation and enemas for constipation relief. Causes of…
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Constipation in Pregnancy

According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 38% of women experience constipation during pregnancy. Pregnancy comes with discomforts of its own, so pregnant women want to relieve constipation symptoms as quickly and safely as possible. If you are pregnant, always consult a physician before taking any constipation medication.   What Causes Constipation During…
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Home Remedies for Constipation

Constipation is uncomfortable and disruptive to your life, so when suffering from constipation you want to do what you can to relieve symptoms and get your bowel movements back on track. There are several home remedies you can try before (or in addition to) appropriate medication, that help relieve constipation and avoid it in the…
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Laxatives: What You Need to Know

Constipation is a very common gastrointestinal condition, affecting about 42 million Americans, or 15% of the population. Constipation is a growing issue in America. Situations that place people at risk for acute constipation include imposed immobility, a change in toileting habits, dietary changes (whether self-imposed by dieting or for medical reasons), medications and stress. The…
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Fiber is Essential to Overall Health

Are you someone who works hard to maintain your healthy eating habits? Maybe you’ll eat a sugary cereal or some chips every once in a while, but do you usually like to make sure what you’re eating is not only tasty but good for your health? We understand and want to help ensure you’re able…
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Christopher and Dana Reeve Quality of Life Grants: Helping Non-Profits Help People with Disabilities

For over 17 years, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has proudly granted funds to nonprofits serving individuals with disabilities, and are an important resource for any non-profits seeking assistance for individuals and families living with paralysis. The Foundation is always looking for qualified Quality of Life Grant recipients to help people live a more…
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Protecting Your Skin is Essential to Overall Health

The old saying ‘beauty is only skin deep’ emphasizes that physical beauty isn’t everything, and that our worth, identity, and health are about what’s on the inside, not the outside. When it comes to our skin, however, this old adage falls a bit short, because caring for our skin is part of how we care…
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USO Supports Military Wellness

The United Service Organizations (USO) has been serving military service members and their families for more than 75 years. In recent years, the USO has placed a stronger focus on military wellness to ensure active service members and their families can thrive in their day-to-day lives, while also coping with serious matters such as injuries…
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Ideas for Military Charities to Support this Holiday Season

You know the holiday season – and shopping season – is upon us when you hear the familiar sound of the Salvation Army ringing bell. The Salvation Army is one of thousands of organizations that offer programs and services that support the military community. When you’re feeling charitable, though, it’s nice to know exactly where…
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