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  1. Reasons You May Not Be Digesting Your Food Well–Not Enough Water

    Our bodies are 70 percent water, and if we don’t adequately hydrate our cells, they can’t function properly.  The water we drink and consume in our foods (like watermelon) is essential for bringing in nutrients and carrying out waste. But did you know that water can specifically help your digestive tract? ​ How water helps with …

  2. Raspberry Chia Fresca

    Not only is this drink delicious, but the raspberries are high in vitamin C, lemon is great for the liver, coconut water helps with hydration and adds electrolytes, and the chia seeds help with healthy bowel movements. Feel free to use any type of frozen berry – you can’t go wrong! You can even add …

  3. 6 Ways to Increase Stomach Acid (HCL) Naturally

    If you’ve determined that you have low stomach acid and you want to increase it, you’ll need to figure out the root cause (why it started in the first place) and do the remedy for it (a.k.a. take care of it). Root causes of low HCL: food sensitivities stress diet high in processed foods smoking …

  4. Too much stomach acid–or too little?

    The hydrochloric acid in our stomachs is supposed to be so acidic that it would burn our skin if any got on it! There are a number of reasons our stomachs are this acidic such as: to begin the digestion of protein so that it can be more easily broken down by digestive enzymes in …

  5. 8 Reasons You May Not Be Digesting Your Food Well

    You can eat the best food in the world, but if you’re not digesting and absorbing it, your cells can’t get the nutrients that they need from the food you’re eating.  In my experience there are eight common reasons that people do not digest their food well. 8 common reasons people don’t digest their food …

  6. Reasons You May Not Be Digesting Your Food Well–Motility Issues

    Motility–how fast food passes through the digestive tract– greatly affects how well a person digests their food.  If food is passing through too fast, there’s not enough time for the digestive enzymes to break down the food so that it can be absorbed in the intestines. And then, there’s not enough time for those nutrient …

  7. How to Increase Fiber in Your Diet WITHOUT all of the Digestive Upset

    Not eating enough fiber is a very common reason for people to have digestive issues.  Our minds first race to constipation, a very common side effect of not eating enough fiber.  However, even if you’re not constipated, you could still have consequences from not getting enough fiber in your diet.  And that’s because fiber has …

  8. Breaking Down the Food We Eat: Digestive Enzymes

    Digestive enzymes (along with HCL and bile) make the digestion of the food we eat possible.   While most of our digestive enzymes are made in the pancreas, enzymes are made throughout the digestive system.  There’s even one made in the mouth!  (It’s called amylase, and is in our saliva). The three main digestive enzymes are: …

  9. Split Pea Soup

    Split Pea Soup 1 ham bone or hock  1 lb split peas (or 1/2 lb. each of green and yellow)  1 lb smoked sausage (beef, pork, chicken, turkey)  6 cups water  1 medium onion, diced  12 carrots, diced  1 stalk celery, diced 1/4 tsp thyme, dried 1/4 tsp savory, dried  1 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp pepper  1 cup almond, soy, coconut milk or cream (or dairy milk if using)  1 tbsp butter, melted, optional  1 tbsp flour of choice, …

  10. Resiliency: Protecting Yourself from Colds, Flu and Other Viruses

    It’s been just about a year since Covid-19 came to the forefront of news in our country.  If we’ve learned anything, we’ve learned how vulnerable many Americans are due to the current state of their health, which has a lot to do with diet and lifestyle choices.  Many health professionals have dug into the research …

  11. Magnesium, magnesium everywhere but not inside me!

    Magnesium is found pretty much everywhere – it’s the fourth most abundant element in the earth as a whole and the ninth in the universe as a whole. It’s  highly water-soluble and is the third most common element dissolved in seawater. But did you know that dietary surveys consistently show that the majority of Americans are …

  12. The Second Time Around: My Own Food Sensitivity Story

    I first used the MRT test on myself several years ago, after very successfully using it with a bunch of clients for a couple of years. I had always had it in the back of my mind that I needed to do the test on myself because of two conditions I had that were related …

  13. What Is “Leaky Gut” and Is It Really All That Bad?

    “My gut can leak??” is what you may be asking right now, and that’s a completely valid question! Here are some of the symptoms of having a leaky gut or, in other words,  increased intestinal permeability. SOME OF THE SIGNS OF LEAKY GUT: Chronically exhausted Suffer from skin  conditions (eczema, acne, psoriasis, inflamed skin) Suffer …

  14. The Vicious Cycle of Food Sensitivities

    Eliminating inflammatory triggers is the subject of part 3 in my mini-series on “How to Have Better Digestion Starting NOW!”.  We will take a look at food sensitivities and their role in wreaking havoc in the digestive system. Quite easily the best piece of advice I can give anyone wanting to improve their digestive health …

  15. Tend your Microbiome (part 2 of How to Have Better Digestion Starting NOW!)

      One of the best things you can do for your gut bacteria, or microbiome, is to take a good quality probiotic, right?  But what does it take to make a good quality probiotic?  That’s a question I’m asked over and over again. Not only are probiotics important, but so are prebiotics, short chain fatty …

  16. How to Have Better Digestion Starting NOW!

    (This is the first of a multi-part series.) We all want better digestion, right?  Poor digestion, no matter how it shows up, can leave us feeling lousy and eventually lead to everything from skin conditions to achy muscles and joints. That famous Hippocrates quote, “All disease begins in the gut”, even though probably not 100% accurate, has stood the test …

  17. Vitamin D

    It’s summer and time to soak up some sun!  But there’s a fine art to that–I call it the Goldilock’s Principle.  That means you need not too much Vitamin D, and not too little.  It also has to be at the right time of day and with no sunscreen on.  (I know I just made …

  18. What is MRT and How Can It Help Me?

    Anyone that knows me knows that I am absolutely crazy about a certain test  called the MRT.  I am so crazy about it because when my clients do that test and then follow the food protocol (officially called LEAP for Lifestyle Eating and Performance, but I call it ISR for Immune System Reset) that I …

  19. The Better Digestion Blueprint

    The Better Digestion Blueprint program is designed to help you achieve normal bowel movements FAST with a unique and very effective approach – The P-Q-R Formula – in which we pinpoint problem foods, quench inflammation caused by eating those foods, and restore gut health through  both diet and supplements.   The end goal is an unrestricted diet of nutritious …

  20. Vicky’s LEAP Journey

    Vicky first contacted me in early to mid March of 2020, and I remember discussing with her what we thought the current COVID-19 crisis was going to do to our health and our economy.  She’d had severe digestive issues for more than 20 years and was having trouble staying in meetings for her job. Vicky …

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