FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms

FODMAPIf you experience IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, then you know the serious impact that it can have on your quality of life. One in five Americans suffer from IBS and many also experience anxiety or depression along with their painful digestive symptoms. But, did you know that a dietary approach can eliminate or significantly reduce IBS symptoms?

Following a low FODMAP diet has been clinically shown to provide an effective approach to managing IBS/functional gut disorders. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.

An Australian research team developed this dietary approach and it is considered the primary management strategy for IBS in Australia. FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates (short-chain carbohydrates), which are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, they stay in the small intestine where bacteria feed on them and produce byproducts and waste materials. Continue reading “FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms”

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Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Inflammation

inflammationWhat is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a protective process that the body uses to fight infection and foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. It is responsible for the swelling, redness, and pain associated with injuries. Other signs of acute inflammation include heat and loss of movement. Pain management is often an important part of addressing inflammation, which can become dangerous to your health if it is unresolved or becomes chronic. Taking a natural approach to inflammation can help.

What are the Causes of Inflammation?

Listed below are some of the most common causes of inflammation.

• Pathogens (germs) such as bacteria, viruses or fungi
• External injuries like scrapes or foreign objects
• Cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder
• Bronchitis, or inflammation of the bronchi
• Otitis media, a middle ear infection
• Dermatitis, a condition where skin is inflamed
• Arthritis, inflammation of the joints
• Food allergies/sensitivities
• Autoimmune diseases
Continue reading “Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Inflammation”

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Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two

holiday-foodIn Part One of my Holiday Eating Survival Guide, I asked what the holidays mean to you when it comes to your eating plan. How do you think about celebrating with family and friends? If you don’t have an eating plan, holiday eating can easily become “your little gift to YOU,” complete with unwanted weight gain going into the New Year.

Your holiday eating plan can begin in your closet. Subconsciously, wearing fitted clothes provides a reminder to keep from overindulging, so wearing something fitted that buttons or zips before you head out the door to celebrate is a great place to start. But I’ve got a few more tricks that you might want to consider during this season of celebration!

Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two

I don’t recommend saving up your calories to “spend them later” on all the foods that will be surrounding you during the holidays. When you practically starve yourself before a party or family get-together, you’re more likely to:

• Overindulge
• Binge
• Mindlessly consume

Instead, have a healthy light snack or “mini-meal” beforehand. This way you’re able to control what you consume because your judgment stays intact. And since you won’t be overly hungry, you won’t be so tempted by the goodies all around you. Here are some great pre-event snack ideas:  Continue reading “Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two”

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Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Headaches and Migraines

headache-painMigraine Basics

What is a migraine? It is a severe, painful headache that can last anywhere from several hours to several days. Migraines differ from traditional headaches in that they are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or flashes of light.

Who is affected? Migraines can affect adults and children, but are most often reported by adults. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men.

Migraine Versus Headache: Which Do I Have?

To better understand headaches and to differentiate migraine headaches from other types, see common signs, symptoms and frequencies of headaches listed below. Our certified wellness counselors recommend keeping a headache diary—noting when your headaches occur, what your headache signs and symptoms are, and any diet or lifestyle triggers you can identify. This detail will help our professionals provide a personal assessment of your situation and make recommendations for you. There are many options for taking a natural approach to headaches and migraines.  Continue reading “Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Headaches and Migraines”

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Holiday Eating Survival: Part One

holiday-cookiesThe holidays are upon us! If you celebrate by traveling to be with those you love, using the time to vacation and overindulge, I’ve got the perfect “survival guide” to help you avoid packing on the holiday pounds.

While we all look forward to the many warm feelings, anticipating the variety of experiences a holiday can bring, one of the things no one looks forward to is giving ourselves the “gift” of a few extra pounds. If weight gain, frustration and larger clothes aren’t on your wish list, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a way to enjoy the holiday season – guilt free. It starts with a plan that I call the “Holiday Eating Survival Guide” and here’s how it works.

Your Holiday Eating Survival Guide

PART ONE: The first part of your “Holiday Eating Survival Guide” begins with asking yourself what do holidays, time away and vacations mean to you? If you’re a chronic dieter, time away from home often signifies time off from your healthy eating routine. Unfortunately, this mindset leads to making drastic changes to eating behaviors, so you find yourself either “on or off.” Chronic dieting creates an “all or nothing/good or bad” mentality, leaving holidays a prime opportunity for going overboard on choices, portions and behaviors.  Continue reading “Holiday Eating Survival: Part One”

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