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Celiac disease vs. Gluten intolerance

What’s the difference between celiac disease and a gluten intolerance?  You might have heard of the gluten-free diet, gluten-free menus, or even gluten-free products. Suddenly “gluten-free” seems to be everywhere! In the past couple of years, a lot of people can’t seem to eat or tolerate foods that contain gluten. There are various reasons for this, and we must be [...]

By |May 19th, 2022|Categories: Living Well|0 Comments

Go with Your Gut! How Mental Health and Gut Health Go Hand-in-Hand

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While seeking therapy, opening up to loved ones and creating healthy self-care and stress management habits are often the go-to recommendations for treating anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders, there is a very physical and scientific connection between the mind and gut that isn’t often explained in depth.  Since these two systems are [...]

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Tips, Living Well|0 Comments

Do I Have SIBO?

Are you suffering from bouts of bloating, diarrhea or constipation?  Have you had abdominal surgery and now have a shortened bowel? How about narrowing or strictures in your bowel? Or intestinal adhesions from a previous surgery? If you’ve been ruled out for other digestive diseases and still have unexplained and unresolved symptoms, you may be suffering from small intestinal bacterial [...]

By |May 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Living with IBD: Your Initial Diagnosis

You’ve been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease.  That initial diagnosis of a chronic condition can be overwhelming. It’s scary. It’s confusing. Most of all, it’s lonely and can leave you feeling alienated from your old life and your loved ones.  The impact of IBD goes beyond the physical symptoms and, for most, it impacts their entire life, relationships, work or [...]

By |April 20th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Tips|0 Comments

Complementary Ways to Manage Your Digestive Health

Let's face it, we’ve all had digestive issues at some point in our lives and it is not pleasant! I and other Integrative medicine practitioners believe that the mind, body, and spirit are inseparable when it comes to health and are all essential components of your wellbeing. We keep all these complementary aspects of health in mind while we design [...]

By |April 14th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Tips|0 Comments

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Every year on New Year’s Day, gyms are flooded with new, eager members who have resolved to make healthy changes in their lives during the upcoming year. As the weeks pass, those gyms begin to clear out again once those new members slowly lose motivation and focus. While most people have good intentions when making healthy lifestyle changes, they often [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Categories: Living Well|0 Comments

What Is Integrative Medicine, and Why Do You Need It?

Traditional healthcare is good at one thing: making you feel better when you’re sick. There is no denying that modern medicine is excellent at treating disease; doctors are well trained to make most acute problems go away, at least in the short term.  The Integrative approach to medicine is different. Both you and your doctor work as a team to [...]

By |January 11th, 2022|Categories: Living Well|0 Comments

The Causes of Bloating, and 10 Ways to Beat it

Bloating and distention of the abdomen are two of the most commonly recorded gastrointestinal symptoms. They affect anywhere between 16-19% of the general population. Significant bloating tends to be more prevalent in women than men, and can be caused by a wide variety of underlying issues. For many, the severity of the condition often worsens throughout the day, and can [...]

By |October 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

9 Ways to Improve Your GERD

If you have persistent heartburn, acid reflux, and difficulty swallowing, you may be experiencing symptoms of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is a chronic condition that counts for approximately 20% of digestive disorders that are diagnosed in the United States.  GERD can be caused by a variety of mechanisms ranging from internal to structural, resulting in the breakdown of [...]

By |September 24th, 2021|Categories: Exercise, Healthy Tips|0 Comments

Constipation, and How to Beat It!

If you frequently experience painful or uncomfortable bowel movements, or find that you pass less than 3 stools per week, you may be dealing with chronic constipation. Although constipation can affect people of all ages and genders, it seems to be more prevalent in women, and tends to increase in severity as we age. Although constipation is a common ailment, [...]

By |September 1st, 2021|Categories: Healthy Tips, Living Well|0 Comments

Everything You Need To Know About IBS

Have you suffered from bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea or constipation? You may have even been evaluated by a gastroenterologist and had other conditions ruled out. If so, you were likely told that you had IBS.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is an incredibly common disorder, with the condition impacting 15% of the world’s population, and up to 45 million [...]

By |July 26th, 2021|Categories: Healthy Tips|0 Comments

Avoiding Sedentarism: Moving To Stay Healthy

This past year has caused me and my family to be more sedentary than ever. This global pandemic had us all panicked and frozen in place for over a year. Coupled with working from home and being limited in the amount of activities and places we could go significantly changed our day of life. I don’t know about you, but [...]

By |June 29th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Air Quality and Drinking Water Affect our Gut Health

In recent years, the impact we are having on the environment has become one of the most significant concerns in the world today. We all know the effects that pollution is having on our planet, but is the quality of the air in our homes or our drinking water affecting our gut health too?   Over the last decade, research [...]

By |June 6th, 2021|Categories: Healthy Tips|0 Comments

Fiber and the Gut Microbiome: Pre, Pro, and Postbiotics

Eating a diet that is packed with fiber is essential to a healthy lifestyle, gut health, and our immune system; out gut microbiome thrives on this fiber! Yet across the western world, our dietary fiber intake is decreasing. Research now shows that for the majority of people, the level of fiber they consume falls significantly below the recommended daily intake [...]

By |May 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Helping your Child to Build a Strong Gut Microbiome

Our gut is one of the most important parts of the human body, and the microbes found inside are an essential in keeping us physically and mentally healthy. Helping your child to build a strong gut microbiome is critical to their development, mental and physical resilience and in decreasing their risk of digestive and other health issues.   What is [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Risks of Colon Cancer and the Protective Measures You Can Take

Cancer is a frightening word and an incredibly common disease, with estimates suggesting that, by 2040, new total cases will rise to nearly 30 million per year. The disease can attack almost anywhere in the body, and excluding skin cancer, colon cancer is the second most common form of the disease in America when men and women are combined. Estimates [...]

By |March 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can Plant-Based Diets Help Protect Against Heart Disease?

In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people following a plant-based diet. In 2020, the number of people who follow a meat-free diet in America surpassed 9.7 million – a rise of 9.4 million compared to 15 years ago! There is a wide range of reasons why veganism and plant-based diets are on the [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Categories: Living Well|0 Comments

Estilo de Vida, Microbioma y El Síndrome de Ovario Poliquístico

El síndrome de ovario poliquístico (SOP) es uno de los trastornos endocrinológicos y metabólicos más comunes entre las mujeres. El SOP ocurre cuando se alteran los perfiles hormonales de una mujer; hay un aumento de testosterona y otras hormonas masculinas, se suprime la ovulación y en muchos casos, se desarrolla resistencia a la insulina. Se desconoce la causa exacta [...]

By |February 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lifestyle, The Microbiome and PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most prevalent endocrine-metabolic disorders in women. PCOS occurs when a woman’s hormonal profiles are altered; there is a rise in testosterone and other male hormones, ovulation is suppressed and, in many cases, insulin resistance develops. The exact cause of PCOS and it’s associated hormonal imbalances is unknown. Women with PCOS can [...]

By |February 10th, 2021|Categories: Living Well|0 Comments

COVID-19 and the Gut Microbiome

There’s a lot of emphasis on the immediate and long term pulmonary manifestations of COVID-19; from pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome to sepsis and lung scarring, COVID is no joke. But it is important not to forget that this virus can leave its mark on the entire body, not least of which is the gut!   Not surprisingly, [...]

By |February 9th, 2021|Categories: Living Well|0 Comments
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