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Archive Category: Digestion

Good Gut Bugs For Your Mental Health, Too

July 6th, 2015

Love this article from William and Mary–they are finding that young adults who consume more fermented vegetables (think sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.) experience less anxiety. Eat them regularly to support good digestive health as well as mental health! Read more here.

Improved Sleep and Stress Reduction–For Your Gut Health!

June 30th, 2015

Since optimal sleep, adequate exercise, good nutrition, and stress reduction are keys to overall health, it stands to reason that they also improve your digestion. Check out this 7-day protocol 🙂

Food Additives Linked with Crohn’s and Colitis

February 27th, 2015

And another reason to stick with whole foods–emulsifying agents are being linked with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and colitis. Read more here.

bt Corn

December 15th, 2014

OK–I was going to try and post only good news this month, but this is information we all need to know. Scientists are starting to discover why GMO corn is dangerous for us. Please read . . .

Effective Treatment for C. Difficile

October 24th, 2014

Good news for suffers of Clostridium difficile–oral supplementation with fecal material helps combat this infection. This may sound gross, but re-seeding the GI tract may be just the ticket. Read more here.

Exercise Your Jaw

April 29th, 2014

I learned from a patient today about this great tool:  the Jawcerciser! It may be helpful for supporting overall jaw health (muscle strength and bones) and promotes saliva production, too. Check out these links:

Jawcerciser video

Jaw exercise article

Gut Bugs and Crohn’s–Diversity of Healthy Bacteria May Be Key

March 20th, 2014

It has been discovered that those suffering from Crohn’s tend to have less diversity in their gastro-intestinal flora (bacteria)–affectionately called “gut bugs”. This may cause a change in early treatment protocols which have included the use of antibiotics. Supporting healthy gut bugs with good quality probiotics as well as fermented foods may be helpful. Please read more here, and contact me or your doctor to discuss further.

Probiotics Reduce Colic

January 21st, 2014

As a mother who had a very colicky infant, this is great news! Researchers have found that a Lactobacillus reuteri strain reduces the incidence of colic in infants. This further supports that appropriate GI flora (“gut bugs”) are crucial for our health, no matter what age!! Read more here. (Oh, and my daughter’s colic stopped in less than 24 hours of me changing my diet to avoid my food sensitivities–and my IBS and migraines resolved, too! If your child has colic, please schedule an appointment for both your health and that of your child. 🙂 ).

Natural Treatments for Reflux

January 7th, 2014

If you suffer from reflux, please read the attached article and make an appointment to investigate options to medications. Often supporting digestion, supporting the digestive mucosa (esophagus and stomach), eliminating food intolerances, and even a simple exercise, may resolve your reflux condition!

Self-Treatments for Heartburn

November 22nd, 2013

I have many patients who complain of heartburn and find that most will respond to one of four treatments:  avoidance of food intolerances, improvement of digestion (chewing, stomach secretions, and/or pancreatic secretions), H. pylori treatment, or an exercise to resolve hiatal hernia syndrome. It is important to keep stomach acid from leaking into the esophagus but it is also important to have adequate stomach acid to digest your food. Please schedule an appointment to assess options that may be right for you. In the meantime, try these options!

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