Digestive Health

Digestive System Problems

Digestive System Problems – Causes and Diagnostics

Occasional digestive symptoms can be both painful and annoying, but when things like bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, or heartburn are a constant presence in your life, they can really limit where you go and what you do. Many of my patients make the needed dietary and lifestyle changes and find they continue to have […]

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Botanical Remedies

Botanical Remedies for Health and Digestive Imbalance

Nature’s healing properties, found in plants, herbs, roots, and flowers have been an essential part of restoring health for centuries, long before we could reach for pills from grocery store shelves. Now, finally, the science of using botanical remedies to treat health conditions is finding its way back into mainstream medicine. Phytotherapy, or medicine using […]

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celiac disease

The Gluten Spectrum – From Sensitivities to Celiac Disease

There is tremendous confusion around the term gluten sensitivities vs. actual celiac disease, and generally, conventional medicine continues to ignore the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity. In the standard community, the advice given to patients with celiac disease is to be strictly gluten-free for life, while those with a sensitivity may just cut back and reintroduce […]

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disrupted digestion

Digestion & Dysbiosis

I’m sure you know that food is fuel for your body, and the right fuel can make all the difference. But do you know what your digestive system does with that food – and what can go wrong in the process?   The digestive system’s role is to break down food and allow nutrients to […]

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intestinal parasites

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — or Intestinal Parasites?

When I started my practice in the early 1980s, I was amazed at the number of women who suffered from constipation, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating after eating, fatigue and the many other symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It wasn’t long before I realized this was a women’s health issue. Research indicates that gastrointestinal distress is twice […]

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digestive enzymes

Functions of Digestive Enzymes

I know how difficult it can be to prepare even one healthy meal each day, let alone three of them per day and healthy snacks as well! We are trying to juggle so many things in our fast paced lives, from work to relationships to caring for children or aging parents. Sometimes it seems easier […]

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alkaline food chart

Acid Alkaline Food Chart

pH balancing foods Combined with our articles about pH balance and digestion, this chart of acid/alkaline forming foods will help you gain a better understanding of the effect that individual foods have in terms of digestive pH. There are a lot of lists out there, a few more definitive and reliable than others, and contradictions […]

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acid reflux

Acid Reflux – What’s Eating You?

Is your body burning to tell you something? In functional medicine, practitioners consider the health of your digestive system to be as crucial as the health of your brain. In fact, many chronic conditions start with poor digestion, sending out clues in the form of indigestion and heartburn. For many women, ignoring these signs over […]

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