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AutoImmune Diseases – What are they? Who gets them?

The immune system is your body’s protector against germs and viruses that can make you sick.    Immune system action involves lots of complicated pathways, but in general, it works through the production of antibodies. Antibodies are produced to “fight” and rid the body of foreign invaders.    But what happens when the immune system isn’t in tiptop shape?    For starters, you may be prone to more frequent illnesses, like the common cold or seasonal flu. But a chronically compromised immune system – when it’s too active or not active enough – can result in a whole host of health disorders called…

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What the numbers on the bathroom scale really mean/daily weight fluctuations

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!    Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:  1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.    2| When you wake up after fasting – usually for around 12 hours, you’re completely dehydrated…

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SIBO: What is it, and how do I know if I have it?

There may be something lurking within your gut, when and where you least expect it.   You’re probably already in tune with keeping the large intestine healthy, balanced and well- populated with good bacteria (got probiotics?).   But, what about the health of the small intestine that is located before it in the digestive tract?    The truth is, this is where the serious business of nutrient absorption happens before the waste products are sent through to the large intestine or bowel to be expelled.   As you can imagine, there’s quite a slippery slope that ensues when the flora in this critical stretch of digestive…

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What to Eat if You Get Constipated

What to Eat if You Get Constipated Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea – it’s when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it’s drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass. Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). About 14-24% of adults experience constipation. Constipation becomes chronic when it happens at least three times per week for three months. Constipation can be caused by diet or stress, and even changes to our daily routine. Sometimes the culprit is a medical condition or…

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Pros and Cons of Elimination Diets

Pros and Cons of Elimination Diets Our digestive system is a huge portal in our bodies. Lots of things can get in there that aren’t always good for us. And because the system is so complex (knowing which tiny molecules to absorb, and which keep out), lots can go wrong. And that’s one reason why 70% of our immune system lives in and around our digestive system. This makes food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances a huge contribution to an array of symptoms all over our bodies. Things like autoimmune issues, inflammation, and even our moods can be affected by what we eat. If you have digestive…

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Thickeners – What You Need to Know

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat. Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they’re added to. Emulsification allows fats and water to mix better and prevents them from separating (i.e., oil/vinegar salad dressing versus a thicker or creamier emulsified dressing). And “stabilizing” helps the product have a longer shelf-life before the “best before” date. Thickeners are often found in canned dairy-free milk and any…

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5 Natural Ways to Deal with Bloating

Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps “gassy?” Have you ever carried a “food baby?”   Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could.    There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms. Maybe because of a serious condition (disease), or a food allergy or intolerance (what you eat). It can also result from how you eat.   If you have a serious digestive issue like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), then…

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Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

  Food intolerances or “sensitivities” can affect you in so many ways.    And they’re a lot more common than most people think.    I’m not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If you have any allergies, you need to steer clear of any traces of foods you are allergic to, and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about emergency medication, if necessary.      What I’m talking about, is an intolerance, meaning you do not tolerate a specific food very well and it causes immediate or chronic…

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All About Digestive Enzymes

Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements, and not all of them are created equal. As a practitioner, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather try other strategies first. Not to mention, that some supplements can be harmful if used inappropriately. So, let’s dive into a few of the common digestive enzymes, what they do, and who should NOT take them. What are digestive enzymes? Technically, “enzymes” are compounds that help the critical biochemical reactions to happen in your body. These reactions can be anything, from making neurotransmitters like serotonin, to burning food…

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