Following a standard American diet, chronic stress, antibiotics, and other lifestyle factors can erode gut health. Rebooting the gut, however, can be simple. The path to experience optimal digestive health begins with a wholesome diet void of processed foods, alcohol, seed and vegetable oils (e.g. canola and sunflower oil), and other harmful fare. Consuming fermented foods and gut-restorative nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and L-glutamine further support this restorative process. Adopting these healing protocols and others can help to reset the gut.
New research emerges every day revealing the connections between the gut and overall health.
Gut health is influenced by two related variables: the intestinal barrier and the gut microbiota. Disturbances in either one of these factors can induce gut inflammation, inciting a chain reaction of damage that begins locally and may spread systemically throughout the body.
The intestinal barrier is a multilayer system made up of intestinal epithelial cells, proteins, protective mucus . . .
Dr. Taz, MD, discusses candida, a yeast that resides in the gut. When under control, candida is innocuous; however, when there is an overgrowth of this fungus caused by stress, adulterated foods, and other lifestyle factors, candida can trigger numerous maladies such as thyroid disorders, brain fog, skin and gut issues, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and other health problems. Taking the simple steps that Dr. Taz outlines can help to facilitate candida elimination permanently.
In this video, Dr. David Perlmutter discusses a study conducted by Stanford researchers that explores osmotic laxatives such as MiraLAX, which according to the company itself is the “#1 doctor recommended” laxative to help alleviate constipation. Such interventions provide quick relief but at what cost? According to the research, osmotic laxatives can cause long-term negative changes in the gut. Dr. Perlmutter explains.
[A] garden . . . requires hours of back-breaking work to pull out the weeds and to care for the new plants. However, once these new plants get firmly established in the soil, they naturally keep the weeds at bay. . . . In many ways, the human microbiome is similar. Healthy bacteria that are firmly established in the gut naturally inhibit the growth of potentially pathogenic bacteria and yeast.
. . . Every time you take an antibiotic, you’re wiping out your microbiome. Unfortunately, just like the weeds . . .
[D]igestive issues are becoming more and more common. From bloating to IBS to SIBO and Candida overgrowth, there’s no shortage of people walking into my office hoping for a solution to their GI issues.
Today, I want to dive into one of the more serious GI issues I see among my patients – Crohn’s disease. . . .
Like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. As of 2015, about 1.3% of the United States population had IBD . . .
We usually link heartburn and upset stomach to soaring levels of stomach acid. But the truth is, many digestive complaints are the result of low stomach acid. And most people have no idea. . . .
When your stomach acid levels get too low (a condition known as hypochlorhydria), you may notice a variety of symptoms—and not all of them are in your gut. These are some of the most common symptoms of low stomach acid to look out for: bloating, diarrhea, acid reflux or heart burn, undigested food in stool, nausea . . .
Most people reach for probiotics as a way of promoting gut and whole-body health, but today we explore the reasons why you may want to do just the opposite.
Why Gut Health Matters
Modern science has uncovered that approximately 3/4 of your immune system resides in the intestinal tract (your gut). Your gut flora refers to the microbial diversity of of your gut, which runs upwards of 500 species. Whether your gut promotes ‘good’ or ‘poor’ health relies heavily . . .
Dr. Kellyann: Slimdown Secrets – What Are the Biggest Belly Bloaters . . . and How Can You Beat Them?
Dr. Kellyann discusses a particularly galling condition in this video – bloating. Unfortunately, insalubrious processed foods are not the only culprits that trigger belly bloating. Even wholesome fare, such as cruciferous vegetables, can occasionally cause your stomach to grow several inches within hours. Discover the foods that you should avoid to obviate this issue entirely.
Are you suffering from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or osteopenia? If so, Dr. Ronald Hoffman, MD, and his resident nutritionist, Leyla Muedin, MS, RD, CDN, are answering tough questions about these challenging, chronic health problems. Discover ways to treat these conditions from a holistic approach. Listen in to help safeguard your health.
You probably know that sensation of your stomach gurgling . . . If you experience it infrequently, you can likely pinpoint what’s going on, whether you ate your food too fast, had something that didn’t agree with you . . .
However, if you have pain, diarrhea, constipation, excess gas or foul-smelling stool, then it’s time you pay extra attention.
In this video, Dr. Steven Gundry, MD, discusses inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an umbrella term for the conditions’ ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, with Dane Johnson. He dispels common misconceptions about IBD, for example, that the condition is unrelated to one’s diet and explains the role that lectins play in damaging the gut lining and in ultimately fueling IBD. Moreover, Dr. Gundry provides key insights to help those suffering from IBD overcome and reverse it naturally.
Leaky gut is often written and talked about as a black and white concept: Either you have it or you don’t. And if you have it, you’ll want to ‘heal’ it. While this is true to some extent – after all, health begins in the gut, and we know increased gut permeability is a factor in many different chronic conditions – it doesn’t tell the whole story. For instance – did you know that your gut goes through different levels of permeability even throughout one day?
I’ve never been a fan of proton pump inhibiters (PPIs) – quite the opposite in fact. They were originally marketed as medical miracle drugs for conditions related to the over-production of gastric acid. But since PPIs first came on the market in the 80’s, the stuff has gradually revealed itself to be far more dangerous than anyone could have originally imagined, as indicated by the more than 15,000 lawsuits filed . . .
In this video, Dr. Ken Berry discusses irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS causes varied symptoms, from bloating, gas and diarrhea to fatigue and even depression. To help manage this condition, many individuals adopt a diet abundant in fruits and vegetables. Dr. Berry explains this strategy’s pitfalls, discusses a condition often misdiagnosed as IBS and its ability to trigger IBS symptoms, and provides a diet to help reverse IBS.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in our body, and it also plays a major role in the health and function of the gut. In fact, ample research shows that glutamine influences our gut health in two important ways: one, through its effects on the gut barrier, and secondly, through its effects on our gut microbiota! Let’s take a look at how this awesome amino acid works its magic through these two avenues.
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), this short, informative video with Dr. Vincent Pedre, MD, can help you navigate the path to healing. The doctor pinpoints specific tests you should take to determine the severity of the condition and identifies common deficiencies observed among IBS patients and the best supplements to correct these nutritional paucities to fortify your health.
In this enlightening podcast, Dr. Daniel Pompa, D.C. discusses parasites and candida. If you have been experiencing brain fog, hormonal imbalances, sugar cravings, digestive problems, and UTIs or chronic fatigue, rectal itching, and trouble sleeping and rousing, you may be suffering from either candida, parasites, or both. Learn what steps you can take to eradicate these irksome conditions.
Powerful Tips to Improve Your Digestive System’s Health: From a Conversation with Nancy Spahr, CBE & Colon Therapist
Your digestive tract…that mysterious 30-foot tube holds more solutions for your health than most of us could ever imagine. . . .
While it seems like a simple formula on the surface, it’s much deeper than you’d think. That 30-foot tube which makes up your digestive tract is responsible for delivering the components of what you eat into your body.
So this tube needs to be in good condition . . .
Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, sits down and chats with Dr. Todd LePine, MD, about brain fog, a symptom of a larger medical condition that involves memory loss, inability to concentrate, lack of mental acuity, and other issues that involve cognitive function. Dr. LePine discusses the root causes of brain fog and steps you can take to eradicate it.
Your microbiome is made up of specialized microbes in each part of your body, and they all play a different role in your health. Whether it’s your skin, your stomach, or your oral cavity—bacteria are flourishing everywhere. That’s why, when people develop health issues, it’s important to ask this question: where is the source of the problem? . . . An unhealthy gut is an issue that can cause an explosion of “unrelated” health dilemmas, but thankfully, there’s ways to solve them.
It has become widely known that health and wellness begin in the gut. Therefore you want to ensure that your diet supports a robust digestive system. While eating a diet rich in low sugar fruits and vegetables as well as organic/wild/grass-fed meat and fish will facilitate intestinal health, there are particular foods that nourish the gut. In this video, Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, discusses six foods that you should regularly eat for optimal gut health.
Nutrient sufficiency is arguably the most important quality of any dietary approach, meaning we choose whole foods with the goal of consuming adequate quantities of all essential and nonessential nutrients required by biological processes in our bodies . . . Emerging evidence shows that our gut bacteria, too, require certain nutrients—and that these are essential for their growth, health, and metabolism. Our gut bacteria must necessarily . . .
Constipation is one of those all-too-common health annoyances that virtually everyone suffers through from time to time – and if you were stuck in quarantine as most of us were, it may be happening even more often now. Granted the occasional bout is disruptive and can make you feel, dare we say it, crappy, frequent bouts can be a warning – or at least a nudge from your gut telling you to start paying it more attention, now more than ever.
Did you know that there’s an entire universe inside you? Well, it’s true!
I’m talking about your gut microbiome—the universe of microbes that live in your intestinal tract. Researchers are discovering that these microbes play a huge role in keeping you healthy. And here’s something really exciting: We now know that you can actually cultivate a healthy microbiome.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- Do you struggle to lose weight?
- Do you feel that your thinking is “foggy”, that it lacks focus or clarity?
- Do you feel anxious, wake up at 4 a.m. ruminating over a problem, or feel burned out?
- Do you walk into a room and forget the reason why you entered? Have you ever struggled to find the right word or remember a familiar name?
If you answered yes . . .
Stomach bloat and gas happen to all of us from time to time, however if it happens consistently, then you have a problem. As a functional medicine doctor, I know that to really resolve any issue, you need to find the root cause. Let me explain the physical process of bloating, the most common causes, and what you can do about bloating.
Millions of Americans suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms and distress each year. Diagnoses of leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s and celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) continue to grow . . . Recently, researchers have started to acknowledge there’s another digestive disorder lurking: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO. Listen to learn how to eradicate this condition.
I want to explain exactly what happens in your body when you eat gluten. . . .Trust me when I tell you, even “just a little bit” of gluten can affect your health!
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein made up of the peptides gliadin and glutenin and it is found in many grains such as wheat, semolina, spelt, kamut, rye, and barley.
[It] gives bread its airy and fluffy texture and dough its sticky texture. It’s also used as a stabilizing agent . . .
“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates
This statement is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. A healthy gut is one of the core foundations of having vibrant health.
Why Your Gut is the Gateway to Health
When your digestive system isn’t working properly, it affects every single system in your body, from cardiovascular to immune. Because it begins in your mouth and ends in your rectum, think of it as a . . .
The Link Between Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome—and What You Can Do to Improve Your Digestion and Mind-Body Health
You have likely experienced stress and digestive issues at some point during your life. These two common conditions are often closely related to each other as is evident in the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common gastrointestinal disorder that is often influenced by stress.
Headache, fever, muscle aches, back pain, and joint pain. Many people immediately reach for over-the-counter Advil or Motrin, or pharmaceutical Celebrex or Feldene and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to get fast relief from the discomfort of these symptoms. However, these over-the-counter medications . . . have some serious side effects that could wreak havoc on your gut.
Being social boosts gut microbiomes in chimps. Is the same true for humans?
Evidence is mounting that a wide range of environmental factors and lifestyle choices—such as exercise, sleep, psychotherapy, and mindful meditation—can improve the health of microbiome communities and the function of your gut-brain axis.
Now . . . you can add being friendly and social to the list of factors that may help improve the health and diversity of your gut microbiomes.
As the old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. We all know fiber is good for health but why is this? . . .
[W]hen we consume fiber, it’s not just “in one end and out the other”. Instead, this fiber benefits the microbes in our gut by giving them their favorite food source . . . And in return, our gut flora repays the favor by producing incredible health-promoting molecules known as short-chain fatty acids.
11 Tips for Creating Healthy Bowel Movements
Yep! I’m goin’ there! Despite the fact that we all poop, it is probably one of those subjects that you don’t talk about – even with your health care practitioner. I want to change that because your bowel movements are your body’s natural way of detoxing, and your poop can tell you a lot about your health. In fact, it’s is one of the few reminders you get about your health on a daily basis.
By now, fish’s status as a superfood is hard to deny! Numerous studies have confirmed that regular seafood consumption (and the omega-3 boost it delivers) can lower our risk of heart disease, support the health of our brain, help fight depression and anxiety, lead to healthier pregnancies and babies, and even reduce the risk of autoimmune disease—among many other awesome benefits.
But, the news gets even better.