It’s a Rosy Red Tasty Thursday

Small garden radishThe red rosy ingredient in today’s Tasty Thursday recipe is a radish.

Megan Hewitt and Katie Salmon, students at The College of Saint Elizabeth, and dietetic interns at Saint Peter’s, shared the recipe as part of a project that featured a farmer’s market-themed menu in the Saint Peter’s cafeteria. In addition to dishes prepared by our Food and Nutrition Services Department staff, radishes and other vegetables were available for purchase.

Enjoy and don’t forget to share your healthy recipe.  Mention #myTastyThursday when you post.

Ingredients

4 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups radishes, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch wedges, with root and 1/2-inch stem left on
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
4 cups baby spinach
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Visit www.myrecipes.com/recipe/radish-salad-goat-cheese to find instructions for preparing this dish.
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All You Need to Know About IBS

Small intestine anatomy of femaleIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not a disease, but rather a group of symptoms that occur together. Symptoms can come and go and their frequency and severity is often aggravated and affected by stress, which is why, in addition to infections and muscular problems of the colon, researchers continue to study the connection between stress and the syndrome.The gastrointestinal tract is the bodies’ largest neuro-hormonal organ. Expectedly both hormone and nerve signaling changes have a profound impact on a person’s bowel health.”

To mark Irritable Bowel Syndrome Month, we’d like to answer your most frequently asked questions about the condition.

Who gets IBS?

IBS is the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder.  Adults – men and women – and children can be affected.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

Symptoms of IBS include bloating, cramping, constipation and abdominal pain.  Patients experience physical discomfort and emotional distress. IBS, however, does not damage the intestine in the way an inflammatory disease such as ulcerative colitis does.

What is “irritable” in sufferers of IBS?

The nerve endings in the intestinal – or bowel – wall are sensitive and so referred to as irritable.  These nerve endings control muscle function in the intestines.

Is IBS serious?

It can be serious enough to be debilitating and disabling.  For many it is a chronic condition with symptoms and episodes of discomfort and intestinal upset being unpredictable.

Does IBS have another name?

In the past, doctors referred to IBS as colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, nervous colon, and spastic bowel.

Why is IBS referred to as a functional bowel disorder?

It is such because the bowels are not defective. The issue is with the way they work.

Can a woman’s menstrual cycle be affected by IBS?

Yes.  A woman’s level of female hormones can influence her bowels.  Symptoms can become worse at certain times, particularly during menstrual periods.

Is being lactose intolerant the same as having IBS?

Being lactose intolerant means the sugar – called lactose – in milk can cause bloating and intestinal symptoms similar to those of IBS. They are separate conditions but can occur at the same time.

Is food causing my IBS?

It can, but the effect of food is different in everyone.  Even people with healthy bowels can be affected by certain foods that challenge digestion.

Certain foods do stimulate the GI tract in general and those who have IBS may find that eating too much of them may worsen symptoms.  A registered dietician can help identify the foods that may be causing an issue and design an eating plan.  Patients find it helpful to keep a food diary to determine what foods they might be sensitive to. Foods that are fried and contain sugars such as sorbitol and fructose can cause cramping and diarrhea.

What kind of doctor do I see if I am experiencing symptoms?

A gastroenterologist is a specially trained doctor who treats conditions of the digestive system, IBS included.

 

Published courtesy of Arkady Broder, a gastroenterologist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital who specialized in advanced therapeutic endoscopy.  Visit www.saintpetershcs.com/gastroenterology/ for more information about GI services at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

 

 

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