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The Secret SIBO-Hypothyroid Connection

ibs sibo thyroid Nov 04, 2021

Did you know there is a SIBO-Hypothyroid connection?! ...

That would explain a lot, right?

Maybe you've had low levels of T3 for years but you didn't realize it could have something to do with your IBS or SIBO.

Working to improve gut health can improve thyroid antibodies.
 
Clues that you may have an underperforming thyroid:
 
- You have SIBO or IBS

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The SIBO Diet: What Can You Eat?

diet sibo Dec 17, 2020
 

I know you're asking yourself, is this food going to make me more bloated? You might even be scared of eating it.

Diet can be a useful tool to help you feel better but it is not something that needs to add more stress into your life. It is only a guideline, to get you to become aware of how your body reacts to certain foods and what you feel best eating.

Maybe you are craving mac and cheese. That's your comfort food. But how do you feel after eating it?

One place that patients often start with a SIBO or IBS diagnosis is a Low-FODMAP diet.

This diet is not treating your SIBO completely but can help. It is providing some relief but it won't address the underlying bacterial overgrowth and dysbiosis.

So it's completely optional if you want to try a Low-FODMAP diet right away or in a few months from now, while you treat your SIBO.

Watch the video above to learn more about what to eat and what to avoid!

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Are Prokinetics Missing From Your Treatment Plan?

ibs sibo Dec 03, 2020
 

What do you do once your antibacterial protocol to treat SIBO is done?

There is typically a break before starting the next round of antibacterial treatment if it's needed.

So, you have a few options:

1. Reassess your symptoms: are they better or worse? 

2. Redo the SIBO test: to see how the levels of gases have changed 

3. Try a prokinetic 

 

Why are prokinetics important?

They do three things:

1. Maintain progress you have made with the antibacterial treatment

2. Can give symptomatic relief 

3. Help to prevent relapse, which is common with SIBO

 

How do they work?

Unlike laxatives, they don't work on the large intestine primarily, although some can affect it. Prokinetics target the upper digestive system: the stomach and small intestine. 

Prokinetics help the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC), which is affected in SIBO.

They are not habit forming like laxatives and can be used long term.

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Dysbiosis & Stool Testing: Klebsiella Overgrowth Spotlight

dysbiosis Nov 19, 2020
 

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a gram negative bacteria that can be found normally in the gut flora. Sometimes it is elevated on a stool test which is relevant since it has been found to be associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), an autoimmune cause of joint pain and swelling.

Klebsiella overgrowth is a type of dysbiosis in the colon.

So, what are the symptoms?

 

Do You Have Dysbiosis? 

  1. Do you get stomach bugs?
  2. Do you have chronic diarrhea or constipation?
  3. Do you notice that you have brain fog?
  4. Do you have gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort most days?
  5. Do you notice that you have intolerance to carbohydrates, especially beans and fibre? 
  6. Do you have low energy most days?
  7. Do you feel depressed or anxious?
  8. Do you have chronic sinus congestion?
  9. Do you have itching in the vagina, anus, or other mucosal membranes?
  10. Do you have chronic bad breath?

 

These are all clues that can help guide you towards the next steps: testing and treatment.

 

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Prebiotics: Do you need them in your supplements?

 

In this video, I answer a question about prebiotics, which are plant fibres that feed your gut bacteria and help it grow.

The goal is to have more of the "good" bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in your colon. These strains can help with anxiety and support your immune system.

Prebiotics can be found in probiotic supplements or sold on their own. 

You will often find these written in the non-medical ingredients section of your bottle label.

Common prebiotics found in supplements are:

  • Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Inulin
  • Larch Arabinogalactan

 

You can also get prebiotics from your diet by eating dark leafy greens, root vegetables and complex carbohydrates. 

Examples of food sources of prebiotics:

  • Garlic *
  • Onions * 
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Spinach

* avoid with SIBO

 

Can you take a prebiotic and feel worse?

Yes! A word of caution: If you have IBS or SIBO, some prebiotics could actually upset your stomach and make you more...

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How to Beat Morning Anxiety

mood Oct 22, 2020
 

Do you ever wake up feeling anxious?

You know, that feeling of "something is wrong" but you don't really know what, because everything is actually fine ...

I bet you do. Because if you have IBS, anxiety is so very common.

 

Join me in this video, taken from my monthly live Q&A inside the From The Gut Community, to find out how you can begin to get control over your morning anxiety. 

 

My top 3 tips to manage anxiety while healing IBS:

1) Manage your mind: get started by watching the video above 

2) Get inflammation coming from bacterial and yeast overgrowth under control

3) Correct nutrient deficiencies (this can be due to #2)

 

In this video, I dive into Strategy #1.

We all have, on average, at least 6,000 thoughts a day!

That doesn't mean they are all important or that we are even aware of them. But it just shows you how we can choose to focus and believe thoughts that either serve us or ones that sabotage our day. ...

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The 4R Framework for Leaky Gut

food sensitivities Oct 08, 2020
 

 

Leaky gut syndrome is when the barrier function of the intestinal wall isn't working properly and undigested food particles can get into your bloodstream, causing an immune reaction in your body.

This is where the 4Rs of gut healing come in.

  1. Remove
  2. Replace
  3. Reinoculate
  4. Repair

Watch the video above to learn all about this protocol!

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5 Signs You Need A Detox

detox Sep 24, 2020
 

Join me in this video to discover which natural herbs and supplements can help your body detox harmful estrogens, toxins from dead bacteria and support your liver.

Big Question: Do I need to do a "cleanse"? 

Short Answer: You do want to support your body's natural elimination pathways, including your liver function, while you heal your gut but you may not need to do anything too radical like fasting or juicing unless you really want to try it! 

In the video, I go over these 5 natural supplements for liver detox support: NAC, Glutathione, Turmeric, Dandelion and Milk Thistle.

Plus, I talk about what you can do to support elimination naturally such as hydrotherapy, infrared sauna and dry brushing. These things work! 

 

Ok, so a bit about detox first ...

Chronic toxic exposure can lead to insomnia, digestive issues, fatigue, skin disorders, food allergies, weight gain and joint pain.

Detoxing means either clearing toxins...

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10 Simple Tips to Sleep Better Tonight

sleep Sep 10, 2020
 

Join me in this video to discover what the hormones cortisol and melatonin have to do with your sleep quality and regulating your natural daily rhythms.

 

Melatonin is the sleep-promoting hormone that gets you ready for sleep. It should be at its peak at around 3 AM at night. So if you are waking up at 3 AM, you could be deficient in melatonin (from certain medications for example that can lead to melatonin deficiency). 

Cortisol, on the other hand, opposes melatonin and should start to rise closer to waking. It helps you wake up.

Elevated cortisol at night is a common problem that can result from long-term stress. Elevated cortisol will suppress melatonin, making you feel “wired but tired” at bedtime.

 

3 Secret Reasons You're Not Sleeping:

  1. Gut Inflammation
  2. Estrogen Dominance
  3. Anxiety and Stress

I go deeper into these top 3 reasons in the video above, make sure to watch until the end!

 

If gut inflammation is...

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Dairy: Is it Lactose or Casein Intolerance?

food sensitivities Aug 27, 2020
 

Join me in this video where I debunk lactose intolerance + talk about a protein that's found in dairy products, called "casein"!

Big Question: Why do you tolerate some forms of dairy better than others?? 

Simple Answer: Casein, the protein found in dairy.

There's different types of casein. Some types are more inflammatory, for example those in cow's milk, whiles others are less, such as those in goat or sheep dairy.

This is why you don't get bloated when you have some goat cheese but you do when you have cheese made from cow's milk.  

Not sure if you have dairy intolerance? Grab your free copy of The Ultimate Elimination Diet Starter Kit now to find out!

Hidden Sources of Dairy:

  • Bavarian Cream
  • Breads
  • Biscuits
  • Butter
  • Hard Sauces
  • Buttermilk
  • Cream
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Candies
  • Crackers
  • Cheeses
  • Sour Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Doughnuts
  • Chowders
  • Cocoa Drinks
  • Creamed Foods
  • Custard Pudding
  • Flour Mixes
  • Gravies
  • Meat Loaf
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ice Cream
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • ...
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