Mast cell activation syndrome treatment currently centers around the use of anti-histamines and mast cell stabilizers. Mast cells are immune cells found in connective tissues in your body. Organs and tissues exposed to the external environment such as the gut have the highest density of mast cells. Activation of mast cells causes the release of … Continue reading Mast cell activation syndrome treatment: What’s the best diet?
Why does saturated fat raise HDL? The answer may shock you!!!
HDL cholesterol is often known as good cholesterol. Early on, research showed that HDL may protect against heart disease. But, trials in drugs that raise HDL failed to show any benefit. Furthermore, a recent paper found that people with high HDL(>80mg/dL) have higher rates of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality. Many people who undertake a … Continue reading Why does saturated fat raise HDL? The answer may shock you!!!
Diets for fatty liver: Which is best for reversing NAFLD?
NAFLD is a disease of low energy availability in the liver. This prevents the liver from optimally fulfilling it's duties, many of which are in conjunction with the gut. Fortunately, it's reversible with the proper diet and exercise.
Male infertility? Try fixing your leaky gut
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 about time functional medicine treats the root cause of chronic disease!
Synopsis We all hear about how important treating "root causes" is for solving chronic health problems. In fact, the reason conventional medicine is so bad at treating chronic disease is because it manages symptoms rather than treating "root causes". But how we define "root causes" is very important, because the narrative in the functional medicine … Continue reading It’s about time functional medicine treats the root cause of chronic disease!
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
Hoping to fix your broken metabolism? Bad news…you can’t
Are you trying to fix your "broken metabolism"? Is your appetite out of whack? Maybe you've put on quite a few pounds or you have a difficult time losing weight. Blood glucose running a little high? Maybe you feel like you don't have enough energy to get through the day or you need to rely … Continue reading Hoping to fix your broken metabolism? Bad news…you can’t
Circadian rhythms, weight loss, and leaky gut
Chronic weight gain or an inability to lose weight is often attributed to a caloric excess where energy intake from food exceeds energy expenditure from physical activity and metabolic rate. A recent study in the journal Obesity found that 2 groups of overweight and obese women experienced dramatically different levels of weight loss simply by … Continue reading Circadian rhythms, weight loss, and leaky gut
Bile flow, bacteria, and chronic inflammation
Of all the factors I've discussed on this blog, one of the most important variables involved in gut health is something called the enterohepatic circulation. The enterohepatic circulation more or less functions as a detoxification loop between the gut and liver. As toxins enter your gut, some are detoxified by cells of the gut wall … Continue reading Bile flow, bacteria, and chronic inflammation
Gut health in sports: What the science really shows
After leading his team to a come-from-behind victory to claim his record 5th Super Bowl, Tom Brady attributed a great deal of his longevity to changing his lifestyle and diet. During his MVP speech, he stated that he never thought he'd play this long. He hurt all the time when he was 25, but after … Continue reading Gut health in sports: What the science really shows