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Is Weight Gain a Digestive Problem?

Digestive problems influence the body in many ways, from creating nutrient deficiencies to producing uncomfortable, and often debilitating symptoms – but can they cause weight gain? The recent explosion in research around the microbiome and gut bacteria has opened the doors to a whole host of issues that can result from disruptions in the GI […]


Track Your Poo…There’s an App for That!

Smartphone apps abound with options that range from increasing productivity to counting calories to downloading music and much more. You probably use a handful of apps yourself to help you monitor and track various aspects of your life – but what about your health? More specifically, what about one of the most influential areas of […]


The One Nutrient That Can Improve Crohn’s Disease

Fiber has been touted for years as a beneficial nutrient in aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol, improving blood sugar regulation, and for weight loss/maintenance. Recent research is adding another advantage to the long list of health benefits associated with fiber: reduced colon inflammation. This specific benefit offers a dietary, modifiable method to aid in the prevention […]


Digestion Discussion: “A Tribe Called Health” Podcast Interview

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Fecal Matters

Everybody poops. Its a matter of fact and a matter of health. While discussing our bathroom habits is still considered somewhat taboo, having a sense of your elimination process is an important determinant of both digestive and overall health. Factors such as stool frequency, motility, color, texture, and transit time can all send signals as […]


7 Ways to Improve Gallbladder Function (even if you don’t have one anymore)

Each year, over 700,000 gallbladder removal surgeries (medically referred to as cholecystectomy) are performed, making this procedure one of the most commonly conducted surgeries. The rationale behind gallbladder removal may include the presence of gallstones or a “sluggish” gallbladder that doesn’t flow and adequately transport bile. The introduction of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery in 1987 simplified […]


Gluten’s Influence on Weight Gain and IBS

While many physicians and those in the public health arena still scoff at the idea that gluten is problematic in the diet, a variety of new clinical studies point to the numerous deleterious effects that this protein can have on individuals. Recent research findings have exhibited gluten’s influence on weight gain as well as its […]

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GUT HEALING RECIPE: Vegetable Miso Soup with Chickpeas

Miso contains beneficial bacteria and zybiocolin, which help balance gut flora and eliminate free radicals from the body. Combine the salty miso flavors with┬áthe benefits of soluble fiber found in carrots and squash for a warm, inviting soup. Ingredients 2 tablespoon coconut oil (refined) 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 carrots, peeled […]

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Digestion 101

A quick primer on the journey of our food and nutrition through the digestive system courtesy of WHFoods.com (click for enlarged view).


How Faulty Digestion Can Wreck Your Thyroid

In my work with clients, I always begin with a comprehensive health assessment form and one area that gets checked off frequently is hypothyroidism. While many individuals, particularly women, have been clinically diagnosed with low thyroid function, others suspect it because of challenges with weight gain, thinning hair, sleep difficulties, and a whole host of […]

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