Do you avoid gluten despite not having an issue with it? Gluten avoidance is a hot topic, and many people assume that humans shouldn't consume foods with gluten. But is there a good reason for this? Furthermore, are there drawbacks to avoiding gluten? Before we get there, what is gluten and why do people say … Continue reading Should everyone avoid gluten?
Fixing leaky gut is no straight-forward problem. It's not like you have a hole in your tire that you simply need to patch. It's more like you have a hole in the bottom of your boat and you're 5 miles offshore. Consequently, you're screwed. Your gut isn't just a tube that gets holes in it. … Continue reading Fixing leaky gut: What you need to know!
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
Male infertility due to low or abnormal sperm production is becoming increasingly more prevalent. Infertility in general has increased over the years, with 7% couples unable to have children unassisted. In 40-50% of these cases, this is due to male infertility. Many factors contribute to male fertility including: GeneticsDrugs or alcoholStrenuous bicycle or horseback ridingObesity … Continue reading Male infertility? Try fixing your leaky gut
"It's all in your head." "There's nothing wrong with you." "All tests come back negative." If you're someone battling a chronic illness, statements like these from your healthcare provider likely cut at you like a finely sharpened razor. Then, of course, come the subtle remarks from your friends and family. It's not that they don't … Continue reading Stopping the cycle of chronic disease
A number of studies have linked Parkinson's disease with issues arising in the gut. While we don't know the direction of causality, if the gut changes the brain or vice versa, a small amount of evidence indicates that the changes may be initiated in the gut. A study published yesterday indicates that one of the … Continue reading Further evidence the gut may be involved in Parkinson’s disease
A study I posted recently on the Facebook page generated a decent discussion on how traumatic brain injury promotes a leaky gut. The interesting take-home message from the study is that one long term symptom of traumatic brain injury(TBI) is "leaky gut". The theoretical trek from there is that endotoxin can then cross the gut … Continue reading Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?
For those people dealing with gut problems, every day is an adventure. Fortunately, there are a number of dietary approaches that can help a great deal with symptom management. Whether you're talking about the Specific Carbohydrate diet(SCD Diet), low FODMAP diet, or the GAPS diet, many people can do things they weren't previously able to … Continue reading This process is key to regulating gut inflammation
For those interested in the health of their gut, there's been a primary focus on what goes in to it from your diet. Of course this makes sense, your microbiome is regulated to a large extent by what you eat. But if you think you're going to completely transform the health of your gut through … Continue reading Could the key to gut health actually be in your blood?
For people with disorders of the gut, inflammation is a buzzword thrown about as much as the name Tom Brady is thrown about for football fans in New England. This is for good reason, chronic inflammation can cause some pretty nasty problems in any tissue you find it, especially the gut. However, for most people, … Continue reading The hidden source of gut inflammation nobody is talking about…