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Bloating and poor digestion? Three causes of low pancreatic enzymes

If you experience bloating and poor digestion, you may need to take a look at whether you’re producing enough pancreatic enzymes. This is an important step in addressing digestive dysfunction in an organized “north-to-south” sequence. If any single step along the way is out of balance, the entire system will be less efficient and any…

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Acid reflux or heartburn? Try the apple cider vinegar challenge

Stomach acid is vital for good gut health. Contrary to popular belief, low stomach acid not only can cause acid reflux and heartburn, but also it can compromise overall gut health thanks to the principles of the north-to-south digestive hierarchy. You can find out if low stomach acid is causing your gut problems by doing…

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Support your immune resilience through your diet

Immune resilience is your body’s ability to deal with biological pathogens such as the viruses and bacteria we encounter in daily life. Our level of immune resilience determines whether or not these pathogens infect us and cause a significant and ongoing immune response. If you have an autoimmune condition, you may already be avoiding gluten,…

Vagus nerve causing gut symptoms? 4 vagus exercises to help heal your gut

Is your brain causing your leaky gut? One of the ways brain dysfunction can contribute to leaky gut is through poor vagus nerve activity. The vagus nerve is a large nerve that sends communication back and forth between the organs and the brain. When the brain is in poor health it can inhibit vagal nerve…

Oral Tolerance Part II: The overlooked power of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) for immune health, brain health, and food sensitivities

Go here to read Part I: New food sensitivity issues on AIP? The oral tolerance protocol In my first article on oral tolerance, I talked about why many people develop an increasing number of food sensitivities on restrictive healing diets and what to do about it. The primary cause is called loss of oral tolerance, and…

What type of gluten intolerance do you have?

Advances in testing for gluten intolerance offer accurate assessment Gluten intolerance has been linked in the literature to 55 diseases so far, most of them autoimmune. Fortunately a revolutionary breakthrough in gluten reactivity testing at Cyrex Labs, founded on years of leading immunological research, is now available to help determine whether this ubiquitous substance is damaging…

Are your supplement ingredients safe?

Many people with autoimmune and chronic health conditions follow specialized dietary and lifestyle protocols to manage their condition yet find they still suffer from symptoms. One culprit to investigate is whether your supplement ingredients and medications are triggering inflammation. Easy access to supplements is a mixed blessing The United States benefits from wide access to nutritional supplements,…

Vitamin D is a powerful tool in taming autoimmunity and inflammation

Vitamin D deficiency is commonly associated with autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and type 1 diabetes, as well as muscle pain, neurodegenerative disorders, osteoporosis, impaired wound healing, depression, constant fatigue, and more. Understanding the role of vitamin D and how to maintain proper testing, supplementation, and cofactors will go a long way in fostering…

Omega-3 fats necessary to dampen inflammation and autoimmunity

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are naturally occurring fats that our bodies cannot produce. Instead, they must come from whole food sources or supplements. EFAs are critical to help dampen inflammation and autoimmunity, promote blood vessel health, support healthy skin growth, give the hormones the precursors they need to remain balanced, and support healthy brain and…