Managing Food Intolerance

Food intolerances make it difficult to digest a specific food, usually causing symptoms like gas, bloating, and belly pain. Affecting an estimated 15 to 20% of the population, food intolerance is a prevalent health concern that can impact your long-term well-being. 

While food intolerance can be uncomfortable, it’s possible to manage it and prevent future flare-ups. Here are our top tips:

Go to the Source. 

One of the most effective ways to manage food intolerance (also known as food sensitivity) is to determine the source of the issue. Physicians can test for sensitivities with a blood or skin prick test, which may indicate which foods trigger your symptoms. However, testing doesn’t always find the exact cause of an intolerance.  (more…)

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How to Lose Weight Without Hurting Your Body

If you’re aiming to reach your optimal weight in the New Year, it’s essential to do so safely. Risky weight loss tactics can cause more harm than good, ultimately compromising your wellness.  

In this article, we’ll discuss how to lose weight safely to protect your body and achieve your goals!

Adopt a Sustainable Diet. 

Frequent, dramatic dietary shifts can be harmful to your body. Instead, aim to adopt a sustainable diet for weight loss by eating lean protein, upping your fiber intake, and adding plenty of veggies to your plate. These changes will help keep you fuller for longer while keeping your caloric intake low.  (more…)

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Tips for a Gut-Friendly Christmas

Christmas is a time of joy, love, and giving. It isn’t, however, the best time for your gut. Many of the festive indulgences that we love to enjoy during the holiday season (namely sweet and fatty treats) can wreak havoc on your gut health. 

We’re here to help. You can still make the most of Christmas cheer while protecting your gut with these simple tricks: (more…)

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Dangers From the Misuse of Laxatives

Laxatives are a common type of medication used for constipation. They work by softening stools and/or stimulating bowel movements. Since most laxatives are available over-the-counter, some people use them often for convenient relief from constipation.  

While laxatives are widely considered safe, they’re not intended for frequent or long-term use. There are several possible dangers of laxative misuse, including an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study from UK Biobank.  (more…)

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What Your Food Craving Could Be Telling You About Your Health

Cravings are often thought of as unhealthy, as they tend to be for fatty, sugary, or salty foods. However, cravings can be your body’s way of communicating what it needs. By understanding the different types of food cravings and how they work, you can take control of your health and even improve your nutrition

In this article, we’ll help you decode common food cravings and how to manage them.  (more…)

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Is Alcohol an IBS Trigger?

With IBS, carefully avoiding potential triggers can help you steer clear of stomach pain, cramping, bloating, gas, and other uncomfortable symptoms. From coffee to fried foods to dairy products, there are several IBS triggers to keep in mind. But, is alcohol one of them?

Can Alcohol Trigger IBS Symptoms?

In short, yes! Alcohol is a major IBS trigger, gastrointestinal irritant, and potential colon carcinogen. It can cause GI discomfort in anyone but is particularly harmful to people with IBS.  (more…)

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6 Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Candida is a form of yeast. It’s naturally found in small amounts in some areas of the body, including the belly and mouth, as well as the vaginal tract in some women. But, when candida growth exceeds the normal amount, it can lead to a fungal infection. 

Understanding the possible symptoms of candida overgrowth is key to receiving treatment early before the infection grows. Six key symptoms of candida overgrowth are: (more…)

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What Your Bowel Movements Can Tell You About Your Health

The health of your gastrointestinal system can impact many aspects of your overall well-being, including your skin, immunity, and mental wellness. But, in taking a closer look at your gastrointestinal health, we can gather invaluable insight into your body’s overall condition. More specifically, your bowel movements can offer important clues about how well your body is functioning. 

In Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical system, gut health is considered imperative to optimal well-being, and bowel movements are a key indicator of one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. This article will discuss how the doshas in Ayurveda can help us understand normal bowel movements for each individual.  (more…)

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What Foods Should I Eat and Avoid If I Have GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is one of today’s most common digestive disorders. Impacting a whopping 20% of the population, GERD triggers uncomfortable symptoms including heartburn, acid reflux, chest pain, and nausea. This condition can sometimes lead to lasting complications like a chronic cough.  

Since it involves the digestive system, your diet can highly influence GERD. With a few adjustments to the foods you eat (and avoid), it may ease your symptoms without medications or procedures.  (more…)

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Why a High-Fiber Diet Can Benefit Your Health

At one point or another, you’ve likely been told to eat plenty of fiber. But, did you know that a high-fiber diet can have far-reaching benefits for your health? Fiber is a key nutrient for optimal wellness.  

Some of the most notable benefits of a high-fiber diet include:

Weight Management

Eating plenty of fiber can help you maintain a slimmer figure. This benefit comes down to the fact that high-fiber foods take longer to digest, keeping you fuller for longer. (more…)

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