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SIBO: What Is It and How Do I Know If I Have It?

There may be something lurking within your gut, when and where you least expect it. You’re probably already in tune with keeping the large intestine healthy, balanced and well- populated with good bacteria (got probiotics?). But, what about the health of the small intestine that is located before it in the...

What to Eat if You Get Constipated

Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea - it's when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it's drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass. Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like...

Pros and Cons of Elimination Diets

Our digestive system is a huge portal into our bodies. Lots of things can get in there that aren't always good for us. And because the system is so complex (knowing which tiny molecules to absorb, and which keep out), lots can go wrong. And that's one reason why...

What Makes Food Processed?

The world of food can be so confusing at times. There was a time when it was clear what food was - it came directly from nature - whether foraging, hunting, or farming. Now there are so many things we eat that don't resemble a natural food. Michael Pollan...

What You Need to Know about Thickeners

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat. Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they're...

Low Carb Diet: The Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

Low carb diets have been popular on and off since the dawn of the Atkins fame (and maybe even earlier?). But, what exactly defines low carb? Does eating this way actually help with weight loss? Are there any other health benefits (or risks) to eating fewer carbs? Let’s see. What is a...

Prebiotics 101

In a nutshell, prebiotics feed our friendly gut microbes that are so important for good health. Our gut microbes are alive, and they need to eat too. Their favorite foods are called “prebiotics” and include dietary fiber and resistant starch. The same fiber that keeps us feeling full slows...