Best Way to Test Your Microbiome AKA Best Stool Test

A stool test is a critical part of a comprehensive gut evaluation. However, not all stool tests are created equal. And unfortunately, your doctor may not know that. Many health practitioners understand that treating the gut is important for many health conditions, but most of them don’t know the best way to evaluate the gut. This article reviews the basics of stool testing so you don’t waste your money on the wrong test.

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The Microbes of SIBO

A popular health advocate proposed that all SIBO is caused by Streptococcus. If I understand his point correctly, it is not just that the bacteria overgrown in the small intestine, but it is also that Streptococcus infecting the “body system” and in particular the liver caused the overgrowth. There is a small kernel of truth to this theory, but for the most part, SIBO is way more complex than a simple Streptococcus infection.

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An Integrative Approach to Bloating

Bloating is the sensation of pressure in the abdomen WITHOUT a change in girth. A change is girth (often described as a pregnant belly look by patients) is abdominal distention. You can have bloating with abdominal distention but you may just have bloating. With abdominal distention, there is usually pain, which we call visceral hypersensitivity

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How Estrogen and Progesterone Impact Your Thyroid Hormones

If you are like many women, managing your hypothyroidism has been difficult. Your thyroid medication hasn’t really made you feel better and you wonder if you really need to be on it for the rest of your life. You wonder why your thyroid is having trouble making enough hormones and what else might be going on in your body to explain everything.

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Understanding Food Sensitivities

Food matters.  Most of us only think about food as calories, as fuel to give us the energy to get through the day.  This is a very simplistic view of food.  The truth is food is basically a package of messages to our body.  The vitamins and phytochemicals found in food sends signals to the body to alter how our body functions at a cellular level.  Some of these messages may change how our DNA is expressed and others may modulate the function of our immune system.  What this means is food is important.  Food may be the difference between developing a disease and living a healthy life.

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