Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition where a person's heart rate elevates rapidly when going from seated to standing. POTS occurs because blood vessels don't tighten rapidly enough when you stand quickly. It's a form of autonomic dysfunction that causes blood to pool in the legs and the brain receives inadequate blood flow. … Continue reading Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome bites the dust!
There are numerous benefits of coffee consumption. Coffee contains many polyphenols as well as caffeine. But some people just don't tolerate caffeine all that well. Fortunately for those folks, results of a study presented earlier this years show caffeine isn't necessary for the benefits of coffee. The research was presented at Digestive Disease Week 2019. … Continue reading Benefits of coffee: Greater motility and antimicrobial?
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
Despite evidence of gut health benefits of Sun exposure, we're told to avoid Sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays from the Sun are a carcinogen they say, so it's best to stay away as much as possible. But there's more to it than that. We've known for years that less Sun exposure on the skin increases IBD … Continue reading Gut health benefits of Sun exposure
Given the focus of this blog, you can imagine that I feel gut health is pretty important to overall health. This not only applies to people who are dealing with functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, SIBO, and IBD, but also to health and longevity as a whole. There's a ton of evidence linking "leaky … Continue reading The biohacker’s guide to preventing leaky gut
Unfortunately for many with gut problems, long term use of a restriction diet probably has them eating a very small number of foods. There are a number of restriction diets to help with gastrointestinal disorders: Low Fodmap, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the Autoimmune Protocol, Keto, and Carnivore. While restriction diets are very useful for managing … Continue reading 11 tips for successful reintroduction of foods after a restriction diet
Gallstones are hardened "stones" that form in your gallbladder out of Cholesterol or bilirubin. Cholesterol and bilirubin are 2 components of bile: a substance stored in the gallbladder and released when we eat. If the gallbladder doesn't empty properly or bile has too much cholesterol in it, this causes gallstones. They're quite painful and affect … Continue reading Got gallstones? Start here for relief
During the lightning round in the recent interview I did with Graeme Jones, CEO and clinical physiologist from Nordic Clinics in Stockholm, his response when I said, "SIBO" was, "Migrating motor complex". That people with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, have an impaired migrating motor complex(MMC) isn't exactly revolutionary thinking, we've known this for … Continue reading Time to stop treating SIBO like an infection and more like an injury
"...all parts of the gastrointestinal tract are under pervasive control of the circadian clock, and perturbances of circadian rhythmicity through jet lag or shift work acutely manifest themselves predominantly as gastrointestinal discomfort. Long term disruption of the circadian clock in these tissues may lead to serious diseases such as colorectal cancer or metabolic syndrome." … Continue reading Your lifestyle is wrecking your metabolism…and gut
Modern medicine has a way of approaching human health that involves isolating the affected systems and treating them as if they're separate from the whole. The problem with this approach is that every system in the human body almost never functions in isolation. This doesn't mean that the modern approach is wrong or not … Continue reading Podcast 11: 5 simple science-based tips to improve your digestion