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GAPS Diet Plan & Protocol for Solving Gut Issues + More

It's undeniable that there is an intricate connection between your gut microbiome and overall health. Made up of trillions of microorganisms, increasing research shows that the health of your gut flora is thought to have a massive influence on health and disease. (1) Improving the composition of your gut microbiome is the main concept behind…

Postbiotics: Uses + 5 Benefits for Gut Health & Beyond

While knowledge about the benefits associated with probiotics has exploded over the past decade, many people are still unsure about how prebiotics and postbiotics work. Probiotics are the "good" (or "friendly") bacteria that colonize the digestive system and support many functions of the immune system. Prebiotics essentially feed probiotics, helping them survive and reproduce through the…

Gluten-Free Cornbread Recipe That’s Gut-Friendly

A cornbread recipe that doesn’t use corn. Seems a little odd, right? Cornbread is a staple side dish for Thanksgiving, or it goes swimmingly with chili and hot cider. But many of my patients I encountered over the years as a functional medicine doctor could not tolerate or digest corn. That was the inspiration for…

Gut Bacteria Benefits: Could Better Bacteria Actually Cure Your Condition?

It's all about the gut. And gut bacteria benefits go way back. In the 1670s, scientist Antony Leeuwenhoek first discovered the complex world of bacteria. At the time, he defined it as "free-living and parasitic microscopic protists, sperm cells, blood cells, microscopic nematodes and rotifers," according to the University of California Museum of Paleontology. (1) Fast forward…

We Live in the Age of Oversanitation (and Our Guts Are Paying for It)

It’s not uncommon today for people to carry around small bottles of hand sanitizer wherever they go, wash their hands deliberately throughout the day, and scrub produce squeaky clean. Although many of us have been led to believe that all germs are potentially dangerous — and that the cleaner our diets, bodies and environments stay,…

The Human Microbiome: How It Works + a Diet for Gut Health

Most people think of bacteria within the body as a cause of getting sick or developing certain diseases, but did you know that at all times there are actually billions of beneficial bacteria present within all of us? In fact, bacteria make up our microbiome, an integral internal ecosystem that benefits our gut health and…

Powerful Phytonutrients Reduce Blood Pressure, Inflammation and Cholesterol

Phytonutrients are nutrients found in plants that develop to protect the plant from damaging environments. Plants are exposed to excess ultraviolet radiation, predator pests, toxins and pollution, resulting in the generation of dangerous free radicals within their cells. These free radicals can then bind and damage proteins, cell membranes and DNA of the plant. Fortunately, phytonutrients…

Beef Bone Broth Recipe

What is bone broth good for? I recommend bone broth as the No. 1 thing you should consume if you're struggling with leaky gut, joint problems and even common skin concerns like wrinkles and cellulite. Making this homemade recipe is one of the best ways you can reap all of the awesome beef bone broth…

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms + How to Prevent & Overcome Low Vitamin B12

It’s estimated that up to 25 percent of all adults are at least marginally deficient in vitamin B12 (also called cobalamin). Some experts believe this number may actually be a lot higher, since it’s suspected that there are many cases of undetected vitamin B12 deficiency. This means there are millions of people likely struggling with…