Posts in Digestive Health
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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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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Endotoxin, Autoimmune Disease, and Alkaline Phosphatase

Maybe you have heard that your gut health may be contributing to autoimmune disease. Maybe you have even heard that your gut bacteria influence your immune system. But how? To answer that, we have to talk about endotoxin and alkaline phosphatase.

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What is Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?

If you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chances are that you actually have small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Normally, you have small amounts of bacteria present in your small intestine. In SIBO, the bacteria proliferate in your small intestine where they ferment sugars from your food leading to digestive symptoms.

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Do you have leaky gut?

Our gut is a place where the outside world and the interior of our body meet. What happens in the gut is a delicate balance between allowing certain things in (like nutrients) and keeping other things out (like bacteria).

But what happens when this doesn't work? What happens when thing get in that shouldn't? What happens when our gut leaks?

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