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How to Find Your IBS Triggers.

 

In order to get a handle on  your IBS, it is important to understand the root cause and triggers. 

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Is Quinoa Toxic?

 

Find out if the rumors are true! 

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Is Gut Health a Thing or is it a Marketing Ploy?

 

Find out whether (or not)  gut health is a bunch of hyped up nonsense!  

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Why you feel Bloated After you Eat.

bloating cramping ibs sibo sifo Apr 01, 2019
 

What causes bloating? 

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Have you Heard of the New Fad Called the "Meat Diet"?

 

Otherwise known as the Carnivore Diet, here's what I think about it.  

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Why are food habit changes so difficult to sustain? Why is unhealthy food so addictive?

You came in to your new revamped diet with the best  of intentions. Maybe your health provider really stressed how important it was to be successful this time. Maybe your weight has been creeping upwards, or your cardiovascular numbers weren’t good or your A1C was creeping upwards. Maybe you feel inflamed all of the time and your Rheumatoid Arthritis has been acting up. You understand intellectually the importance of making these changes. In fact,  this time you vow to turn over a new leaf! You read all of the books and blogposts about your food plan. You really GET it, and yet… you have a strong start for a few days, weeks or even months and then your inspiration flags. Why is this so hard?

Many people have difficulty making these changes and maintaining them. In fact food habits  are some  of the more difficult things to change.  As difficult as it is to quit smoking, drinking, other addictions…. and I acknowledge that these are VERY...

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Histamine Reactions?

gut health histamine sibo Sep 10, 2018

  Carol, a 53 year old real estate broker with 2 children, had been noticing more allergic reactions  in the past 6 months. Her symptoms were wide ranging. Sometimes it was digestive upset, sometimes she would actually develop itching and hives. Her sleep had gotten a lot worse and she found that she was waking up in the middle of the night very hungry no matter how much or what she ate for dinner.

In fact it was really difficult to pinpoint if  foods were setting her symptoms off  because she could eat something for dinner one day and be fine, and then she could eat the leftovers for a few days and then her symptoms would flare. She was wondering how much food was a factor, but did notice that her symptoms would flare after eating. So something related to what she was eating was likely a contributory factor. But what? It seemed so random!

As she spoke I started to think about histamine being a contributory factor to her symptoms.  Sometimes in gut...

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Beyond “Food Jail” …er… Restrictive Diets

A lot of my patients are on restrictive diets. I walk them through the process, how to deal with the emotions, how to manage it with their busy chaotic lives, so they can allow their bodies to heal from inflammation, bacterial overgrowth, autoimmune disorders, etc. Most of the time these diets are meant to be temporary and therapeutic during treatment with a slow addition to widen the diet once treatment of the infection/inflammation/autoimmune has been accomplished. This way we can begin to see what the body can and cannot tolerate. It is often a non-linear journey.

Restrictive diets by nature are not very fun. Nobody wants to have a “NO!” in their life. It brings up all sorts of “stuff” for the person undergoing the diet restriction. I have blogged a ton on this and there is a massive amount of information and research out there about WHY the restriction is necessary for a time so I am not going to go into that very much in this particular post. You can...

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"My Gut Hurts and My Brain Isn't Working!"

Have you ever felt this way? Janine certainly knows what this is like! “I have had chronic digestive issues since I was a little girl. And when things are especially bad I would forget simple words, and forget about remembering names! I am only in my mid-40’s! I can’t fathom what my memory and cognition will be like as I reach my 50’s and 60’s! I used to be really sharp, but now not so much! As my digestive issues have worsened, so has my brain! I also have severe mood swings now that I never used to have. I had my hormones checked and they are fine so it must be related to my digestion! Dr. Tara, can you help me?”

For many years I have noticed this brain and cognition connection in many if not most of my gut health patients.   I would do my usual work of identifying gut pathogens through stool samples and correcting the imbalance with the correct blend of probiotics. Other more mainstream scientists happily are also noticing this...

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Running on Empty? Help for SIBO-D

Barbara was very very sick. She was having bad diarrhea 10-15 times per day. She was feeling wiped out and isolated as she was too sick to go out. Working was nearly impossible as she could barely concentrate due to severe brain fog not to mention the multiple trips to the bathroom.  She had already taken 2 rounds of antibiotics with no change and this constant chronic diarrhea had been going on for months. She had already seen her doctor multiple times and there had been no change in her health , which was really sad because she actually liked her doctor. She was also suffering from intense bloating which made her look 6 months pregnant. “It feels like something is alive in there!” she told me as she cried in my office.

Chronic diarrhea is almost always caused by either an infectious agent, a chemical agent (chemotherapy)  or a reaction to foods. Her doctor had taken a stool sample but I thought that perhaps the test was not sensitive enough to detect the...

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