Are you living in fear of your digestive tract? Are embarrassing and painful symptoms disrupting your workday and sabotaging your social life?
You're not alone, my friend.
Our digestive tract bears the brunt of our modern-day life. Processed foods, genetics, stress, and the environment can impact our gut more than we know. And there's nothing like an out-of-whack microbiome to get you down in the dumps (whoops, one more!).
Welcome. I'm Kali. I've made it my mission to get to know digestion as personally as possible. Wondering if I can help you? Give a shout for a free, 15 minute consult.
Everyday, it seems, we learn about a new feature of the body that is in some way governed by our gut bacteria. Mood. Sugar cravings. Inflammation. Hormone balance. Energy. Our gut bugs seem to have their creepy crawly fingers in everything, and weight is no exception.
This miniseries explores some of the factors that may matter more than the calorie count when it comes to weight gain, loss, and maintenance.
When people learn I have goats, they love to remind me that "goats eat EVERYTHING!" Don't believe it. Goats are incredibly picky. If their hay has touched the ground, for instance, it's deemed unfit for eating. Worse, they're not only selectively picky, but incredibly sensitive; just a few bites of the wrong thing can kill them within hours.
Counter-intuitive is a phrase I often use when describing a GAPS or SCD-style elimination diet. In a world where raw vegetables wear glowing halos and plant protein powders are the hottest thing since sliced bread, it’s hard to explain why these foods might need to be temporarily traded for a simple diet of braised meats and boiled vegetables. But does it matter how many micrograms of copper are in your bowl of vegetarian chili if your body can’t actually digest and absorb those beans anyway? Nope, doesn't. Here are the key reasons that an uber-simple diet may be the best.
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays; they happen. And sometimes right in the middle of an elimination diet. But where most diets recommend a little "cheating" here and there for sanity, you're either on -or very, very off- the GAPS/SCD wagon. It's tough. It's not fair. But it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a night out. In today's post, we'll learn how to navigate menus during gut healing without leaving in tears of self-deprivation.
Ketosis is actually a pretty rad thing. It's thought to be an evolved mechanism that allowed humankind to stay (relatively) healthy and functioning in times of famine or during long northern winters that were inhospitable to growing carbs (ie: fruits, vegetables, and grains). When the body is starved of carbohydrates, blood glucose -our body's primary energy source- dries up (figuratively). When glucose is severely limited over an extended period of time, the body responds by concocting little balls of energy called ketones, manufactured from fatty acids. These fatty acids come both from the diet and from the body's stored fat. What's unusual here isn't that the body is burning some fat, but that this particular form of fat is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and provide energy to the brain.
Inflammation. It's a dirty word in today's health and wellness world and with good reason; it's been linked to nearly all degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, cancer, autoimmune disease, and more.
Drug therapy for autoimmune disease is no one trick pony. Treatments vary widely and can focus on treating the symptoms, suppressing the immune system, moderating the pain, or all of the above. For many patients, the treatment plan starts at the shallow end of the drug spectrum and slowly creeps deeper as autoimmune symptoms progress (insert big-pharma-conspiracy-theorist rant here).
Autoimmune disease is on the rise. One in twelve Americans -and one in nine females- will develop some form of autoimmune disease in their lifetime. Between 2001 and 2009, rates of type 1 diabetes increased by 23%. Depending on who you ask, anywhere from 80 to 100 types of autoimmune diseases have already been discovered, with roughly 40 more diseases suspected of being autoimmune in nature. That frustrating recurring eczema? Yep, count it
For many years, I subscribed to the popular belief that protein was something easily obtained from a "clean," plant-based diet. Nuts and seeds, quinoa (!), or the ole rice and beans combo were the answers to all the body's needs. I thought I was being the healthiest. Animal protein wasn't exactly banned from my table, but it was mostly relegated to the dinner slot. I had read that it was hard to digest. My vegetarian friend told me it could turn rancid in the gut. Neither of us knew what she was talking about but the implications were clear.