Leaky gut, or "intestinal permeability," is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to "leak" through the intestines and flood the blood stream. The foreign substances entering the blood can cause an autoimmune response in the body including inflammatory and allergic reactions such as migraines, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
With leaky gut, damaged cells in your intestines don't produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion. As a result, your body cannot absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to hormone imbalances and a weakened immune system.
What causes leaky gut?
In many cases, leaky gut is caused by a lack of stomach acid, and a lack of digestive enzymes, which cause undigested particles of food to irritate and permeate the gut wall. This is more likely to happen with foods that we consume on a regular basis,...
Let’s check in with the big question…
Are you hitting the health and lifestyle goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
Or are you struggling to REALLY take your health to the next level?
If you’re struggling, there are 3 main possible reasons why:
Maybe you have one of those challenges right now, or maybe you have all three. Either way,
I know one thing for sure: Those challenges are NOT going away by themselves!
But, when you have a PERSONAL protocol that WORKS…You will see RESULTS when you identify any nutritional deficiencies, correct energetic blocks and remove any trigger foods.
When you have a...
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Because sometimes, you need to call in the pros.
You crush it at the gym, eat clean, stock up on supplements and only shop at the Farmers Market. Heck, you even make time for monthly chiropractor appointments.
But, chances are there’s one important appointment you’re not slotting into your schedule: a visit to the nutritionist.
What an ophthalmologist does for your eyes, a nutritional therapist does to keep your digestive system and body running smoothly, all the while making sure you’re getting the proper nutrients and helping you tailor an eating plan that works best for you.
Whether your goal is weight loss, preparing to have a baby, or training for a 5k run, everybody should try and get an appointment in their calendar.
Here are the telltale signs you should see a Nutritional Therapist if you want to be on your A Game!
4 Signs You Might Have a Food Intolerance.
When it comes to food allergies, making a diagnosis is pretty black and white. The typical allergic reaction occurs immediately after you ingest a certain food, and the symptoms—often a rash, hives, or swelling—are unmistakable.
But food intolerances are a much sneakier sort. In many cases, symptoms don’t occur until several hours or even days after you eat a problematic food, and even then, they can be vague and difficult to link to your diet.
In the United States, food sensitivities have become an epidemic, largely fueled by the process of genetically modifying food. Gluten, dairy, corn and soy are among the most common culprits. An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity alone, and those are the people who have figured it out! Millions more individuals experience symptoms suggestive of food sensitivities every day, and have yet to identify the cause.
Following are four signs you might...
Are you concerned about increasing blood sugar levels and rising A1c?
If so, there's a good chance you're feeling frustrated and scared because no matter how hard you try to eat better, exercise and take your medications your weight, a1c and blood sugar continue to climb, and nothing seems to work.
You probably don't feel well either, you're tired and don't have the energy to do the things you want to in life and concerned about the complications of rising blood sugar, losing your vision, heart disease, or diabetes and you fear continuing down this path!
You aren't alone there are about 30 million Americans dealing with these same problems, unfortunately the standard recommendation for managing high blood sugar levels is eating less, exercising more and expensive medications (insulin) which have side effects!
Insulin is a hormone that helps move sugar out of your blood and into your cells where it can be used for energy.
Insulin resistance means that your cells have stopped...
Let's start with a look at our hormones... because this is where it all begins.
Estrogen, sometimes known as the feminizing hormone, makes our hips expand and our chest enlarge...
However, we can have too much of a good thing... it's called estrogen dominance!
The liver breaks down our hormones which start out active, then once they have been “used” to carry out various bodily functions they need to become inactive.
If not, they remain ACTIVE…. and need to stored away from our vital organs, i.e. breasts, stomach and hips… in ever-increasing amounts!
This is why many people find it difficult to lose weight in these areas - the body cannot allow these ticking time bombs (active hormones) back into our system.
If we don’t get rid of these “used” hormones the body creates fat stores to house them! and since they are still active, they grow, meaning they create more fat cells...
Yep, you read that right, fat cells act like...
My last client was a 37-year-old woman with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) who came to see me because she was having trouble losing weight, and getting pregnant.
She was overweight but reported she exercised at least three times per week and ate “healthy.” She was frustrated because she really felt like she was really trying but couldn’t move the needle on the scale and really wanted to have children.
Her recent bloodwork came back normal, so she came to me seeking a personal nutrition plan. However, on close inspection of her bloodwork, I noticed that her fasting insulin was not measured.
Insulin is the hormone released by our pancreas to lower glucose. However despite the rapid increase of obesity and diabetes insulin is rarely tested.
Why is fasting insulin important?
Standard lab tests measure glucose and A1c, however, the third thing that needs to be measured is fasting insulin, which is a key indicator for insulin resistance syndrome, which is the...
Most of us could do with more energy… even those who eat well, exercise, get plenty of sleep and make time for self-care wish they had more battery power...
There’s no pill for exhaustion yet tiredness is one of the most common complaints seen at a doctor’s office…
Fatigue is a sign of lack of oxygen which can be found at the heart of most health challenges.
Energy therapy has been around for decades... and the West is catching on to this non-invasive therapy... if we want energy, then energy therapy sounds like it might be worth a try!
We all have a direct relationship with electricity, to where it's impossible to separate life from it. Even if you lived your life off the grid, you'll find electricity exists.
Every time we move a muscle, it's the result of an electrical signal being sent from our brain to our muscles telling them to move due to a complex system of nerves throughout our bodies that use electric signals to control...
Uterine fibroids are extremely common. In fact, about 75 percent of women experience them at some point in their lives.
Fibroids are usually benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grown inside the womb, but what causes them, and why are some people more prone to getting them?
Let's start with a look at our hormones...because this is where it all begins.
Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone all need to be in balance.
Progesterone is the “letdown” hormone – it lets down blood flow, it lets down breast milk, and it lets down the baby at birth…I call it the elastic hormone, because it allows the cervix to expand so that the baby can slip out.
Any woman who experiences monthly cramps, PMS, long painful labor during childbirth, or difficulty breast feeding needs to consider that she may have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone the "let down" hormone.
Now let's look at our liver...
The liver is responsible for breaking down our hormones – all...