Digestion

I Ate Wheat on Saturday!

OopsSome of you that I hang out with on Facebook have already heard…. I ate gluten on Saturday! No, I didn’t get cross-contaminated, I straight-up ate wheat! By choice? No. By my own flagrant stupidity. Yes. I’m one of those annoying people to eat out with that asks the servers a gazillion questions and after they answer, I ask the same questions (possibly reworded). People who live the carefree life of eating whatever they want tend to not so enjoy eating out with me! Let me tell you… It makes for some awkward first dates! There is a restaurant in Denver where I eat fairly often and have never been cross-contaminated, never had the server roll eyes at me, never been given the confused look for asking about types of ingredients or cooking processes and never received exasperated sighs of frustration as my order more resembles an algebra problem than a meal—“Can I have x without y, except for when z is present? Please?” So as is usual, we ordered food, informing our waiter that we are severely gluten sensitive and confirmed that she wrote down our gluten status on the ticket. She however, forgot to type-in “gluten free” when she entered our ticket into the system for the chefs. (more…)

By Katie Bauer, ago
Cravings

Are Your Sugar Cravings all “in Your Head”?

The first step to changing your relationship to food is to understand that relationship. Uncontrollable food cravings can make changing to a healthier lifestyle daunting and depressing. Social stigmatization can make it overwhelming and feel futile. Some friends, family, lovers, coaches and practitioners may even make you feel like there is something wrong with you because you can’t control your urges for certain foods; however, succumbing to sugar cravings is rarely a matter of willpower. Once you understand the biological mechanics around food cravings, you can take steps to make lasting changes to your diet that will leave you happier, healthier and not feeling deprived. Realize that sugar cravings are not just cravings for that white powdery stuff, but also the foods sugar goes in (e.g. cakes, cookies, processed foods, fast foods, soda, etc.) and those foods that convert into sugar in the body (e.g. anything containing grains, such as breads and pastas; as well as higher glycemic vegetables such as potatoes and cravings of potato chips and French fries; and even fruits and fruit juice). This article is part of a series of articles on supporting you to control your sugar cravings.  Each article uncovers a different cause of your sugar cravings.

A Cause: Imbalanced Neurotransmitters - Maybe it's all in your head...

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By Katie Bauer, ago
Digestion

Creating an Honorable Gut (A Gut with Integrity) and Ditching the Leaky One

If you have food sensitivities—you have leaky gut. If you have bacterial overgrowth, candida overgrowth or a parasitic infection—you have leaky gut. If you have an autoimmune disease, you at one time had leaky gut and may still have it. Hyper-permeability of the small intestinal mucosal lining or leaky gut syndrome (LGS) is extremely common yet rarely diagnosed. It is responsible for autoimmune diseases (not just celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease), all food sensitivities (not just those with gastrointestinal-type symptoms) and the development of all sorts of nasty opportunistic critter take-overs. It is even a causal factor in psoriasis and the autism spectrum! So what say you? Shall we get our gut junctions closing again—stat?

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By Katie Bauer, ago
Digestion

Conquering Pain through Food and Lifestyle

skeleton painSo you may find it strange that a Digestive Health Specialist is writing about pain relief and arthritis… Hmm… Well, what does that tell you? :) What is Arthritis? And why are you lumping other forms of pain in with it? The word “arthritis” simply means “joint inflammation.” There are generally believed to be two types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is inflammation caused by degeneration of the joint and is due to chronic wear and tear—often of the knees. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition characterized by inflammation, pain and swelling of the joints—often in the hands. Chronic experiences of pain, be it arthritis or some other form, are most often amplified, if not caused by, inflammation. (more…)

By Katie Bauer, ago
Digestion

The 10 Second Secret to Igniting Your Digestive Fire

Rest and DigestWhat do you think? Is that saying, “you are what you eat” true? No—it actually isn’t true at all. The truth is that we are what we digest. To digest foods the body must concentrate blood flow to the digestive organs, to properly absorb nutrients for energy and cellular regeneration. Unfortunately, this state of digestion and nutrient absorption only happens when the body is in a state of stillness—under control by the parasympathetic nervous system. Our body does not digest when we are walking, agitated or in a state of stress. During these times our blood is shunted away from our digestive organs and into our extremities, in preparation for “fight or flight”. But guess what? Though we are rarely conscious of it, we are almost always in “fight or flight mode!" Unfortunately we live in a world that runs on full throttle. A fast-paced society built on over-extending ourselves. Most of us are consistently controlled by our sympathetic nervous system and the result is diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation, malnourishment, depletion, fatigue and burn-out. Luckily, it’s easy to pop the switch from being in the sympathetic to parasympathetic. No, I’m serious. Easy. This isn’t some crazy, difficult, involved diet that you probably won’t keep up with. Nope. This is easy. It takes less than 10 seconds per meal to vastly improve your digestive fire. In the video below, I share this 10 second secret to igniting your digestive fire. I promise… EASY! (more…)

By Katie Bauer, ago