Gut Health

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It’s no secret that gut health is important. You can’t look at any nutrition- or health-related site without seeing more and more details about the microbiota and how influential those little guys are. While there’s no question that a healthy balance of good gut bugs is critical, there’s more to gut health than just microorganisms. The […]



In his Happy Living post about chronic illness, Dr. Tom Sult (a functional medicine MD) mentions that many of his patients with chronic illness have some sort of digestive issue, and that a common cause of gastrointestinal problems is a leaky gut. Let that sink in a minute. If you (or someone you love) is […]


In the first post about acid reflux (a.k.a., GERD, heartburn and indigestion), I outlined the conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that can manifest as that uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest or throat. I’m sure you were surprised, as I was when I heard it the first time, that acid reflux is usually not […]


Doesn’t it seem like everyone struggles with heartburn these days? Whether it’s once in a while or after every meal, many people have a burning sensation in their chest or throat or experience regurgitation of sour liquid into the throat or mouth. Ugh, it’s not even pleasant to describe in writing! As you are well […]


In my recent posts about constipation and diarrhea, I told you that one possible solution to both problems is more fiber. That may seem counter-intuitive that problems on the opposite ends of the same spectrum could have the same solution, but it’s true. And I promise you will be perfectly clear about how this works […]


Previously I posted about the large number of people who are living with constipation; and the reality is that there are a whole lot of people living with chronic diarrhea. In some ways chronic diarrhea is worse because it impacts your daily life by interfering with your ability to get things done and causing anxiety […]


Despite what your doctor, other healthcare practitioner, or well meaning person in your life may say, it is not healthy to have a bowel movement less than one time each day. Notice I’m not saying that it’s not “normal” to have a BM every 2, 3 or more days; I’m saying it’s not healthy. Let […]


In my video about causes of Leaky Gut, I mentioned that an imbalance in your microbiota (i.e., dysbiosis) can cause your intestine to become more permeable than it should be. And I briefly mentioned that there can be an imbalance in any number of ways. Since there is no one-size-fits-all solution to dysbiosis (or any […]

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