Autoimmune Disease

Do you know anyone who struggles with lupus?

It’s one of those diseases where one or two symptoms can quickly turn into fifty.

And it doesn’t just affect one area of the body.

The skin, joints, kidneys, lungs and even the heart, just to name a few, can all be affected at any given time.

And when it comes to the standard medical approach, patients are left to manage each symptom individually (oftentimes with several medications).

Functional medicine takes a completely different approach – one where the focus is on finding and fixing the root cause of disease to achieve true healing.

Simply put, leading researchers and functional medicine practitioners from all across the world agree – the gut is the best place to start to address ALL the symptoms and complications of lupus.

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Sleep is important (we all know this)… but just how important is it?

Poor sleep is associated with increased depression, anxiety, systemic inflammation and decreased immune function.

For those with Restless Leg Syndrome, a lack of sleep is likely a nightly occurrence. It’s also the most dangerous side effect of this frustrating condition.

Worse yet, many suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome and don’t know it.

RLS can often be misdiagnosed as another sleep disorder, depression, poor circulation, arthritis, back problems and even growing pains in children.

If you have extreme fatigue, trouble falling or staying asleep, depression or anxiety, take the time to keep reading.

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How A Healthy Gut Can Heal Ulcerative Colitis

The connection between our physical and mental state is strong – so strong that experts actually classified Ulcerative Colitis as a psychosomatic disease in the 1930’s.

It’s the reason those with Ulcerative Colitis are twice as likely to suffer from depression and what makes stress one of the top triggers for a flare.

For so many with Ulcerative Colitis, this connection results in a vicious cycle that often resembles something like this:

Stressful event –> UC Flare –> Depression/anxiety –> Flare becomes worse –>
Increased depression/anxiety –> 
Inability to perform daily tasks and manage flare

And if you’re thinking these mental and physical symptoms have to be treated separately, we have good news for you.

The microbiome in the gut has just as much to do with depression as it does the painful cramps and diarrhea that come with UC.

Read on, as we dive into all the details of Ulcerative Colitis and walk you through how to overcome the mental and physical symptoms of this disabling condition (without medication or surgery). [click to continue…]

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Gut Health and Crohn's Disease

The physical complications of Crohn’s disease alone are enough to make it one of the most disabling digestive diseases.

But there’s also the mental and emotional piece that allows Crohn’s to completely destroy lives.

Anxiety, depression, the inability to have a social life or travel… the list goes on.

Those with Crohn’s disease are 2 times more likely to suffer from anxiety. And that number is rising.

But here’s the thing – you don’t have to pull your hair out trying to treat the mental and physical symptoms separately.

Our microbiome has just as much to do with our emotional state as it does with the gas, cramping and bloating that come along with Crohn’s.

Read on, as we dive into all the details of Crohn’s disease and walk you through how to overcome this disabling condition (without medication or surgery). [click to continue…]

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Is the root cause of your IBS-D Microscopic Colitis?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a desperate search for the nearest bathroom or wondered how you were going to make it through the next 15 minutes, you know just how awful diarrhea can be.

I once knew this feeling all too well… and millions of others are still experiencing it.

It wasn’t until I addressed the root causes of my diarrhea (Celiac disease and gut infections), that the diarrhea finally stopped.

In other words, finding the root cause is key. (And this is where conventional wisdom tends to fail.)

If you’re still searching for the answer… the fix… that one thing that will make the diarrhea stop, Microscopic Colitis (MC) is one possible root cause you shouldn’t overlook.

This on-the-rise condition has a strong correlation to PPIs and NSAIDs, and the most common symptoms are chronic diarrhea, cramping and bloating

And with MC being detected twice as often as it was just a decade earlier, we urge you to educate yourself on this topic and ultimately rule it in or out.

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