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“Ewwww, does that mean my poop is leaking into my body?”

Only those of you dealing with chronic gut issues can appreciate a questions like that.

But it’s actually a question that came up for me when I first learned about leaky gut.

Back then I was struggling with chronic constipation and low energy, I was still trying to figure out my health and “Leaky Gut” sounded pretty darn weird to me.

Now, after years of studying it, that simplistic question isn’t far from the truth. Here is what concerns me most: leaky gut syndrome is a huge part of why autoimmune disease starts and if left unfixed can be part of why the symptoms keep getting worse.

So, then the question becomes how do we heal a leaky gut? We believe a pleiotropic approach is necessary, which means you must approach healing from several angles at once to actually flip the body back to health. This includes making dietary changes, adding supplements, reducing stressors and correcting underlying root causes of disease.  

And when it comes to supplements, L-Glutamine is one of the most talked about for digestive health. At this point, the research is pretty clear on L-Glutamine being a very valuable supplement for anyone dealing with chronic health issues.  

Whether it works to help fix your gut wall, helps you sleep better, helps you recover from exercise or helps reduce cravings, it’s a very safe, cheap and readily available supplement to think about trying.  

I’ve used it on and off for over 15 years for various purposes, have watched it work in consulting clients and also seen it NOT work. I think there’s actually an art to using it and I’ve got some very simple do’s and don’ts that everyone should be aware of.   [click to continue…]

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“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” ~Winston Churchill

Ahhh… that moment when you’re standing in the kitchen, staring blankly into the fridge. I often wonder what would happen if an arm suddenly reached out from inside and gave me something to eat. Usually, I end up eating something I shouldn’t.

Oh yes, the struggle with meal planning is real.  

One of the biggest issues I had in the beginning of SCD was figuring out what the heck to eat. I spent so much time in the first year figuring out what to buy, how to cook it, when to cook it, and how to save money… it was exhausting in and of itself.

You might be familiar with this…

Which is why I want to talk about meal planning today – who it’s right for, who it’s not for, and why I currently don’t do it. [click to continue…]

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The Celiac Disease Epidemic

When I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2007, I had no idea what gluten-free food was. I’d never heard of it before and I definitely didn’t know where to buy it.

But at the time, sales of gluten-free food were on the rise and had just reached $1.56 billion in 2008. (1)

In 2013, SPINS, a market research firm that covers the natural product industry, reported a total of $12.4 billion in gluten-free sales during the 52 weeks leading up to August 4, 2012. (2)

(That’s 13.4X growth in 5 years!)

The “gluten-free” food industry is making a TON of money, while conditions like Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are trending on Twitter and gaining more awareness each year.

TIME labeled the gluten-free movement #2 on its top 10 list of food trends for 2012…

Not only that, Domino’s now serves gluten-free pizza…

Dunkin’ Donuts developed a gluten-free donut

Chelsea Clinton had a gluten-free wedding cake…

Gwyneth Paltrow included gluten-free recipes in her new cookbook, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck built her “G-Free Diet” brand…

The list goes on and on.

Today, even the smallest grocery stores across America are beginning to carry gluten-free foods in a “healthy living” section, right next to the green tea.

Gluten-Free foods are becoming ubiquitous and synonymous with living a healthy lifestyle… even for people without Celiac disease.  

But is gluten-free really healthy? Will it make Celiac disease and gluten intolerance a distant memory?

I’m here to tell you no… as Lucretius put in: “What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.”

If you want to know whether or not Gluten Free food is helping or hurting you, read on… [click to continue…]

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Although this picture is a cartoon, this article applies to a dangerous condition inside the bodies of both men and women… and this discussion also applies even if you don’t have any digestive problems at all.

Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age are at risk for something called “increased intestinal permeability” A.K.A. leaky gut?  

It’s true — as much as 60 Million people in some “westernized” countries such as the US and Canada are now struggling with digestive problems like IBS, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis.  

The first thing that most people think of is that leaky gut is only a problem for people with digestive disease…

However, what most people don’t realize is that leaky gut is not only a stomach issue, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health.

It can masquerade as fatigue, anxiety, depression, digestive symptoms, weight problems, and other serious conditions…

It’s been found in association with chronic diseases, including asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel, kidney disease, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and heart failure…

And even with all the latest technology and over 10,000+ research papers on it, this hidden epidemic is still often referred to as the “Disease Your Doctor Can’t Diagnose…”

If you or loved ones are struggling with chronic illness, like my family and I did, this might be the most important thing you’ll ever read. [click to continue…]

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One time, for 28 days, I drank nothing but protein shakes.

I was following a supposedly AMAZING fitness diet to lose weight. While I did lose some, I gained most of it back within a few months.

I’ve tried almost every “diet” in the world, whether it was back when I was trying to add muscle to play college sports, lose weight when I was 60lbs heavier or fix my health after that.

And I can tell you that after publicly talking about my story and working with people for the last 6 years there’s NO DOUBT in my mind… that our relationship to food must be explored.

Whether you sometimes cheat, fall off the wagon, binge, overeat like I used to do…  or whether you get “stuck” and militant about foods or stress eat like Jordan has in the past… or whether you’re like good friends of mine who’ve starved themselves or purged at times…

I want you to know you’re not crazy nor should you be ashamed.

I do want to encourage you to explore your pattern with food, though – to get curious, fascinated and excited to discover your patterns. Because guess what, everyone has them.

One of the best ways to start is by listening to this very raw podcast where I talk about my patterns with food, where Emily shares her very vulnerable story and Marc helps us all relax into a more solid relationship with it. [click to continue…]

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