Maintaining a Healthy Gut: The 3 Ps Explained

Gut health plays a leading role in overall wellness, tied to digestion, nutrient absorption, and disease prevention. Keeping your gut in tip-top condition not only boasts benefits to your GI tract, but helps maintain a healthy immune system, heart, and more. Here at Charleston GI, we know that understanding your gut can be tricky, so […]

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Beat the Bloat: The Who, What, Why, and How of Stomach Bloating

Most people have experienced it before: that uncomfortable feeling of fullness that leaves you wondering if a big lunch is to blame. Maybe a certain ingredient is the culprit for the tightness in your belly … or perhaps a digestive issue that’s yet to be diagnosed? Understanding your digestive system is key to beating the […]

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Understanding the Low-FODMAP Diet

When it comes to taking care of your gut, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzzwords or advice floating around about diets and wonder which one is right for your needs. The low-FODMAP diet is one you may have seen float across your screen as you scroll through social media or while researching diets on […]

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Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Medical jargon and misinformation can leave patients feeling overwhelmed, but here at Charleston GI, we provide a higher standard of caring. This involves separating fact from fiction to ensure the patients we proudly serve are always informed. Our experienced gastroenterologists have provided some helpful information about colorectal cancer below, so read on to learn more. […]

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The Difference Between an Endoscopy and a Colonoscopy

You’ve probably heard the terms “endoscopy” and “colonoscopy,” whether in passing or from your own doctor, but what is the difference? Endoscopies and colonoscopies each have their own role in the GI world, each being used to take a closer look at the different parts of your GI tract.  Here at Charleston GI, we’re going […]

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What is Peptic Ulcer Disease and How to Prevent It

Peptic Ulcer Disease exam

Peptic ulcers are ulcers that form in the digestive tract caused by acid erosion in the lining of your GI tract. Peptic ulcer disease can be found in the esophagus, stomach, or the upper part of the small intestines.  Here at Charleston GI, we know making sense of what’s going on in your gut can […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS

Do you ever feel like eating or drinking “irritates” your stomach, causing you to painfully bloat, become annoyingly constipated, or send you running to the bathroom? If you answered yes to any of those, you might have irritable bowel syndrome.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is a common digestive condition that causes a […]

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Easing the Fear of Getting a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy exam, getting a colonoscopy

A colonoscopy may sound daunting to a new patient, but it’s a simple, routine procedure that can be essential for your health. There’s no need to worry about a colonoscopy, as it’s only done once every 10 years and could potentially save your life. Here at Charleston GI, our doctors are in the business of […]

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What is Dyspepsia and What Can You Do About It?

What is dyspepsia and food to avoid for Dyspepsia patients

Dyspepsia is better known as indigestion and is what causes the discomfort, pain, or burning sensation often associated with indigestion. It is a common digestive issue and can display symptoms such as gas, bloating, and nausea in some cases.  If even the smallest of meals make you uncomfortable, that may be a sign of dyspepsia. […]

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The Benefits of Dietary Fiber for Your Gut

Benefits of Dietary Fiber

Throughout our lives, we’ve heard “get more fiber in your diet” a number of times. While it’s not a new concept, it’s important to understand just how great fiber is for your health. Dietary fiber is primarily found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Most people know it best for its ability to relieve […]

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Celiac Disease: Fallacies and Facts

Celiac disease awareness

To most people, the remedy for celiac disease seems simple: Don’t eat gluten. What many people don’t know is celiac disease is a complex disease that is often misunderstood. At Charleston GI, we’re here to bust the myths of celiac disease and guide you through your diagnosis. Read on to learn more about the facts […]

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Liver Disease Awareness Month: How to Prevent Liver Disease

liver disease awareness, prevent liver disease

About one in 10 Americans suffer from some type of liver disease, with several factors putting some patients at a higher risk. Inherited conditions, weight, alcohol consumption, and infections may play a role, causing chronic liver disease or cirrhosis in approximately 5.5 million Americans. Despite the push for prevention, chronic liver disease is on the […]

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What Should I Eat During a Diverticulitis Flare Up?

What is Diverticulitis? Diverticulitis is a condition that involves the inflammation of the small pouches that line your digestive system. When the diverticula, most often the ones found in the lower part of the large intestine (colon), become inflamed or infected, unpleasant symptoms often result. Diverticulosis (the growth of these small, bulging pouches) is a […]

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10 Tips for Improving Gut Health

When your digestive system is functioning properly, it is easy to forget the important role it plays. But your gut’s microbiome is, in fact, the foundation of your overall health. A healthy gut has a balance of microorganisms, with a variety of bacteria needed to reduce the risk of several GI conditions – like inflammatory […]

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What Is GERD Disease?

Heartburn is common, with the unpleasant burning sensation often indicating acid reflux. This condition is experienced by one in three Americans on a weekly basis, but with lifestyle modifications, most symptoms can be alleviated. But if heartburn persists, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be to blame. Also called chronic acid reflux, GERD impacts abouts 20% […]

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Understanding Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms, Types & Risk Factors 

Ulcerative colitis is one form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. A lifelong condition with potentially dangerous complications, ulcerative colitis requires treatment from a GI specialist you can trust – like the ones you’ll find at Charleston GI! Ulcerative colitis is characterized as the chronic inflammation of the colon. […]

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What is the BRAT Diet? 

Bumps, bruises, and sniffles are common for children, with parents always at the ready with a bandage and a comforting hug. But more serious symptoms are highly concerning, especially when children are very young.  Indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea may require a trip to the pediatrician. For years, the BRAT Diet was recommended to ease the […]

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How Do I Know If I Have Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease that impacts the gastrointestinal tract, results in unpleasant symptoms like abdominal pain, weight loss, severe diarrhea and more.  The disease affects about half a million Americas, both men and women equally. Symptoms usually emerge in a patient’s late teens, 2os and 30s – but in some cases, […]

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What Are The Treatment Options For Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is a GI condition that involves the inflammation of the pancreas, an organ found behind the stomach on the left side of the body. Inflammation – and the unpleasant symptoms it causes – occurs when the enzymes used for digestion begin to attack the pancreas. Stomach pain as well as nausea and vomiting are […]

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Warning Signs of Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis

So acute vs. chronic pancreatitis, what’s the difference? Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by the irritation and swelling of the pancreas. The pancreas not only produces enzymes needed to break down food, but hormones used to regulate blood sugar levels. Because the pancreas plays an important role in digestion, intestinal discomfort is a common symptom […]

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