Category Archives: Digestion

7 Ways to Keep Your Digestive Tract Healthy

  Eat at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Be adventurous, and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in any form – canned, fresh, frozen, or dried. Plant foods are rich in fiber and many disease-fighting chemicals. Fruit serving sizes: 1 cup fresh 1 tennis-ball sized piece ½ cup canned ¼ cup dried 4 oz. 100% juice Vegetable serving sizes: 1 cup raw ½ cup cooked 6 oz. 100% vegetable juice Choose whole grains more often. The new labeling of “whole grains” on packages can help you pick these good grains more often. Look for the word “whole” on the package and in the ingredient list (on the Read More...

Remedies To Help Leaky Gut

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Too many of us are living under high stress; from high-pressure jobs, financial issues, dilemmas with kids and relationships or family health problems—all adding strain and extra obligations in a hyper-paced world. We also tend to eat for convenience, to please our taste buds or to appease our moods versus eating for nutrition and good health. This dangerous combination can wreak havoc on our digestive system, and when paralleled with certain genetic profiles or dietary sensitivities, some individuals may experience what is called leaky gut syndrome or intestinal hyperpermiability. In short, the lining of the intestines Read More...

The Second Brain

Understanding the Human Bowel A healthy digestive system is more important than we’ve been led to believe. In fact it is the key to wellbeing, the root of health.  People are beginning to realize that if the gut isn’t working properly, nothing’s going to be working well. There’s a “second brain” in your stomach. It influences your mood, what you eat, the types of diseases you get, as well as the decisions you make. And you thought it was all in your head! The gastrointestinal system is having its turn in the sun as research reveals that this is not a Read More...

12 Natural Antibiotics

Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe. Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves what these antibiotics are and Read More...

Beating The Holiday Bloating

Have you ever enjoyed a large holiday meal with family and friends only to experience digestive issues that left you feeling reclusive? Eating a large meal can put a strain on your digestive system, especially for those already dealing with weak digestion. This usually results in digestive discomforts like bloating, stomach pain, gas and constipation. This may be only temporary and occasional, or it might be a protracted discomfort which detracts from the Holiday festivities. (more…) Read More...

Healing Crisis When Detoxifying

“Every time I start a detox I feel awful and then give up. All of these foods that supposedly make me feel better actually make me feel worse. What gives?” You might not want to hear this, but initially feeling bad is a good thing. When you eliminate inflammatory, processed foods and stop feeding your body garbage and chemicals, your body goes through withdrawal just like with drugs or alcohol. It is good because it means you are on your way to getting clean! I call this a healing crisis or a detox crisis. Trust me: This process is well worth it because it Read More...

Can Probiotics Improve Your Brain

With a surge of microbiome-related research emerging in recent years, it has become common knowledge that the bacteria colonizing the gastrointestinal tract have a major impact on physical health. Now, substantial evidence is showing that the upkeep of a healthy microbial environment in the intestines is also hugely important for brain development, mood and cognition. In other words- it is entirely possible and probable that probiotics improve your brain. The Gut-Brain Connection In the body, single cell organisms– primarily in the form of bacteria– outnumber human cells ten to one. Over 100 trillion of these teeming microbes take up residence in Read More...