Lori Jo Berg

How to make your own gut-healthy chocolate

Having a healthy go-to treat is serious business.

I’m talking about something you can enjoy that won’t set you back 3 days (or more) on your healing journey.

It could be the difference between staying on the right track or completely falling off the wagon (and contemplating never getting back on).

A healthy treat shouldn’t be too much to ask for, but often times it is.

And we don’t want it to be the reason you experience a dreadful setback.

Our dark chocolate recipe meets all the criteria of an amazing treat: simple, versatile, gut-healthy and delicious.

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Sjogren's Syndrome

I have what?

Aside from being hard to pronounce, Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition whose unpredictable nature makes it difficult to diagnose and manage.

Those who actually receive a timely diagnosis are often left feeling scared and confused, as they try and grasp what it really means to live with a seemingly mysterious disease.

Unfortunately, many believe they have no other choice than to go down the rabbit hole of lifelong medications with unrelenting side effects.

You may wonder if other options even exist….

They DO.

If you’re looking for a different option but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place.

Read on, as we dive into what contributing factors ignite this disease, what role the gut plays in turning it on, what you can do to overcome Sjögren’s naturally and much more. [click to continue…]


Multiple Sclerosis and the Leaky Gut Connection

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological disease in the world.

But whether it’s you, a friend, or a family member getting the diagnosis – it is absolutely terrifying.

Even though it is the most common neurological disease, it presents differently in every person, the triggers remain largely unknown, and drug treatments work for some people and fail for others.

When you get an MS diagnosis, you can feel like your health (and your life) is suddenly out of your control.

But the truth is, even with a disease like multiple sclerosis, you can take back control.

Over the last decade, research on MS has expanded from simply looking for drug treatments to include gut health and the role it plays in not only developing MS but overcoming it as well.

Several studies have identified gut dysbiosis (imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract) as a major player in developing MS – something we wouldn’t have dreamed of just 10 years ago.

If you’ve been told that drugs are the only answer or find it hard to believe the gut has anything to do with your autoimmune condition, this article is for you. [click to continue…]


Autoimmunity, The Gut & Scleroderma

Scleroderma may not be the most prevalent or deadly of all autoimmune diseases, but it is an unpredictable and disabling disease that affects thousands each year.

This condition can range from a mild case, in which only the skin is affected, to a more severe case where multiple organs become involved.

Conditions like scleroderma can bring on a whole new level of anxiety in people, often leading to a feeling of being out of control.

It’s natural for anybody to feel this way, and all of us here at SCD Lifestyle can relate. But thankfully there are things we can do to take back the reigns.

Whether you’re looking for ways to manage the symptoms of scleroderma, are seeking information on how to heal your gut, or simply want to feel your best, this article has got you covered. Read on… [click to continue…]


Raynaud's disease and the Autoimmune connection

Here at SCD Lifestyle, we talk a lot about getting to the root of health issues rather than just chasing symptom after symptom.

Standard autoimmune disease treatments are one of the biggest ways we see people getting caught up in this vicious cycle.

Autoimmune disease has exploded, plain and simple. An estimated 23.5 million people (nearly 8 percent of the population) are known to have been diagnosed with at least one autoimmune condition.

Although research efforts in this area are increasing every day, the majority of people are still in the dark when it comes to the latest, cutting-edge information.

And Raynaud’s disease is perhaps one of the most misunderstood autoimmune conditions of them all. Despite affecting 3 to 5% of the general population, it doesn’t get the attention that other conditions, like Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis get.

But our goal, when looking at Raynaud’s, remains the same. We must look at the whole picture and help people figure out the root cause(s).

It’s easy to forget that our bodies are made up of several interconnected systems all working together to function optimally. Raynaud’s disease develops due to much more than circulation issues, but rather a complex interaction of several bodily symptoms. Furthermore, the symptoms of Raynaud’s will often appear as a result of another condition.

See, when focus is placed solely on treating circulatory issues at least half of the picture gets missed. Stress management and supporting the body with proper nutrition, among others, are keys to successfully preventing and managing any autoimmune condition, including Raynaud’s disease.

Read on, as we dive into the details and show you how to overcome Raynaud’s disease naturally – and feel your best in the meantime. [click to continue…]