A Guide to Healthy Weight Gain

While health conversations predominantly revolve around weight loss, there is a frequently overlooked group whose goal is to achieve healthy weight gain. This includes athletes or fitness enthusiasts, patients recovering from illness or surgery, some elderly individuals, people with medical conditions that contribute to weight loss (e.g. cancers, gastrointestinal disorders, hyperthyroidism) and those who are… Read more »

Dry January Can Lead to a Fantastic February

By now, many of us know that making small dietary and lifestyle changes can have transformative effects on our overall health and well-being. One of these transformational changes, which has been gaining popularity in recent years, is “Dry January” – the act of abstaining from alcohol for the whole month. While many may undertake this… Read more »

The Intricate Connection Between Gut Health and Hormones

In the vast world of health and wellness, the gut is recognized as a substantial component in influencing our overall well-being, from our immune system to our mental health. One less talked about, but equally significant, connection is the relationship between gut health and hormones in both women and men. This bond offers a deeper… Read more »

Help for Ulcerative Colitis

Occasional diarrhea from bad food, a medication side effect or illness is one thing, but to battle it on a chronic basis, along with other sometimes painful symptoms, is quite another. If you or a loved one has ulcerative colitis, you know how debilitating this type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be. In addition… Read more »

Gallbladder Function and Support

Many adults suffer from gallbladder problems with many experiencing symptoms in early adulthood, especially women who develop gallstones much more frequently than men. In fact, cholecystectomy, surgery to remove the gallbladder, is one of the most frequently performed abdominal surgeries in the United States today. The gallbladder is a small organ that sits under your… Read more »

Addressing Autoimmunity with Gut Health

The prevalence of autoimmune diseases has risen astonishingly in recent years. The cause has been attributed to multiple environmental factors including toxic chemicals and heavy metals, dietary factors, ionizing radiation, prolonged emotional stress, medications, postmenopausal hormone replacement, bacteria and viruses. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association estimates that at least 100 different autoimmune diseases have… Read more »

Kidney Disorder Awareness

Recently, I have been inundated with clients presenting with kidney dysfunction. Our kidneys remove waste from the body while keeping the body’s chemicals and water in balance. Keeping the kidneys healthy is extremely important for overall health, and diet plays a huge role in doing so. There are a number of diseases that can develop… Read more »

Fatty Liver on the Rise

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an inflammation of the liver caused by an accumulation of fat deposits in liver tissue. Today, “fatty liver” closely mirrors the global epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Since its first description in the early 1980s as “a poorly understood and hitherto unnamed liver disease,” NAFLD is now… Read more »

What is H. Pylori?

Helicobacter pylorus (H. pylori) is a bacterium of the stomach also known as Campylobacter pylori, which can be a factor in the development of ulcers in the stomach. Gastric acids begin to erode the stomach lining causing inflammation and creating an open sore (ulcer). H. pylori infection is a strong risk factor for certain types… Read more »

The Gut: Your Second Brain

The gut is intrinsically tied to our emotions. Experience tells us we can have a “gut wrenching” moment after seeing a traumatic event, or “butterflies” in our stomach on the first day of a new job. Another old adage we are told is “not to ignore our gut instinct.”  But is there truly a connection?… Read more »

A Fresh Start for Your Gut Flora

Have you experienced digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea? These are usually the signs of unhealthy bacteria in your gut. Did you know that gut health and brain health are related and having an unhealthy level of “bad” bacteria in the intestines is now linked to depression, anxiety, OCD, brain fog, and… Read more »

Managing Digestive Conditions

Colitis, acid reflux, diverticulitis, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are conditions with symptoms often managed through medication. While it is unlikely that medication will get to the root of the problem and fix the condition, you can often help your body heal all of these diseases simply by correcting your diet. Symptoms are like a… Read more »

Gut Instincts

Probiotic, micro-biome, gut-brain axis, leaky gut, food intolerance…these words have become more common in the past few years, and yet there is a lot of confusion about what is going on with our gut. We used to think of the gut or gastrointestinal tract as a somewhat indestructible channel through the body that had no… Read more »