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As a follow-up to the blog post I wrote last year about inflammation, here is a short video in which I describe: What inflammation is Why we should not be trying to ban it from our bodies How we can eat to support our immune system and make inflammation our friend. Inflammation is necessary for […]



One of the a-ha moments I often have with clients is when they finally understand what inflammation is. I mean, we hear this word thrown around all the time… “this food causes inflammation”, “this disease is the result of inflammation”, “you should eat an anti-inflammatory diet.” But we often don’t know what those things really […]


Have you heard about the antioxidants in blueberries and green tea? Wait, that’s a silly question because I know you have. The better question is: do you have any idea what an antioxidant is and why it really matters? And perhaps the best question is: did you know that too many antioxidants can also cause […]


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 […]

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