Dietary treatment of dyspepsia and IBS

Dyspepsia is the most common upper GI condition that people experience. It presents with: An excessive feeling of fullnessEpigastric pain(Pain just below ribs)DiscomfortBurningNauseaBelchingVomitting These symptoms often occur acutely due to dietary exposures, consuming certain foods and such. But it can also be a recurring problem in some people. When there is a cause, such as … Continue reading Dietary treatment of dyspepsia and IBS

Gut-brain axis 101: Understanding how the brain and gut chat

The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional link between the brain and digestive tract. It links the 2 intimately, defining how emotions and digestion share a reciprocal relationship. On the one hand, our emotions can impact how we digest our food. A classic example of this is in the relationship between stress and irritable bowel syndrome(IBS). … Continue reading Gut-brain axis 101: Understanding how the brain and gut chat

How a low FODMAP diet improves digestion in IBS

A low FODMAP diet is a common approach to managing irritable bowel syndrome. FODMAPs are rapidly Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyls. The problem with FODMAPs is that they ferment rapidly and are poorly absorbed. So they stick around and feed bacteria that cause gas and bloating. Most people have no issue with FODMAPs, though … Continue reading How a low FODMAP diet improves digestion in IBS

Why you need routine for a healthy digestive system

Your digestive system is a critical component of your overall health. It consists of 3 components: Your digestive tract, the hollow tube that runs from your mouth to your anusAccessory organs/glands such as the pancreas and gallbladder The microbiome, which essentially functions as an extra organ with a completely different genome https://biologydictionary.net/digestive-system/ The traditional view … Continue reading Why you need routine for a healthy digestive system

Probiotic foods: Why they’re better than supplements

Probiotic foods have a long history of improving health. Most of their effects are attributed to improving the digestive system. But there are other beneficial effects to eating probiotic foods. They can help correct things like: High blood pressureInsulin resistanceChronic inflammationHigh oxidative stressAutonomic imbalance Most of these problems will haunt you at some point in … Continue reading Probiotic foods: Why they’re better than supplements

Autism and circadian disruption: Adding fuel to the fire?

There was a fantastic review of circadian rhythms in autism spectrum disorder early last month.  In it, they put forth the model that people with autism frequently have disturbances in sleep and circadian rhythms.  Some of this is due to genetics. But along with the genetics component comes the environmental component, as well as the … Continue reading Autism and circadian disruption: Adding fuel to the fire?

Genes, feeding, & light: How eating at night could promote leaky gut

One of the more difficult aspects of playing around with circadian rhythms is that there is quite a bit of individual variability that can affect outcomes.  People regularly ask me: When is the best time to eat? When should I exercise? How much exercise should I do and what type? How should I break up … Continue reading Genes, feeding, & light: How eating at night could promote leaky gut