Digestive Health

Gut Infections: Why You Should Test, Not Guess

With our growing understanding of the microbiome, gut health has taken center stage as a major mediator of health and disease. Disturbances in the microbiome, particularly gut infections, are being linked to many diseases and chronic health issues. Recently there’s been an explosion of internet-based information and websites focusing on treating gut imbalances and pathogens. With websites filled with lengthy...
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Do You Need A Probiotic? (Plus 3 Tips To Choose The Best One)

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Probiotics seem to be everywhere you look these days. Just take a trip to your grocery or health food store and you’ll find them lining the shelves. These friendly bacteria can be found in the more well-known sources like yogurt and sauerkraut, to the downright unexpected like chocolate bars and protein powder. All of these probiotics come touting extraordinary health...
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Is Your “Perfect” SIBO Diet Making You Sicker?

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This is a guest post written by Amy Hollenkamp, a dietetics student and blogger at The SIBO Diaries. Amy started her blog to share her experiences with SIBO and to lead a research based discussion about various treatment options, including the SIBO diet. The post was originally published here. In the Paleo world, and especially in the gut health community, there...
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Starch Intolerance: 5 Reasons You Don’t Tolerate Carbs (And How To Fix Them)

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The tides finally seem to be shifting in the Paleo community about the health benefits of a higher starch intake. I personally have experienced the benefits of significantly increasing my dietary carbs and starches, and my clients have been enjoying the health effects of increasing their carbs as well. But what happens if you feel like carbs and starches don’t...
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Grains: Are They Ever Healthy To Eat?

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It’s no secret that the Paleo community seems to have a vendetta against grains. Many Paleo advocates preach that grain consumption is the root of poor health and chronic disease. The war against grains leads many to believe that if they eat any grains they will surely become fat and sick. But for most healthy people, this isn’t true. And...
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Constipation Relief: My Top 10 Tips For Having A Perfect Poop!

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At some point in of our lives, most of us deal with constipation, and there is nothing comfortable about it. Constipation causes our stools become lumpy, hard, and difficult to pass. It often feels as if there is a blockage in our colon, and the bloating it causes can be painful. Constipation causes us to feel lethargic and sluggish, and...
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Stress and Gut Health: How The Gut-Brain Axis Causes Your Digestive Symptoms

Has a doctor ever told you your gut symptoms are “all in your head”? Many conventional doctors attribute unexplainable gut conditions to “psychosomatic” causes, meaning their symptoms are primarily due to negative emotions or stress. Suffering patients are usually diagnosed with IBS, which is often accompanied with an “it’s all in your head” response from their doctor. Patients are sick...
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5 Reasons Not To Avoid Beans and Legumes

Hardcore Paleo advocates fervently argue that legumes are unhealthy and are to be completely avoided for optimal health. Their main concern with beans, lentils and peas surrounds the high levels of anti-nutrients in legumes, which they claim lead to poor nutrient absorption and inflammation. While there is some truth to these arguments and there are people who may benefit by...
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