Archives for March 2012

Digestive Health and Candida

Candida overgrowth is a common cause of digestive disturbance. Candida is a type of yeast, which is naturally and normally occurring in the intestinal tract. Healthy candida levels are vital for proper nutrient absorption and to protect the intestinal tract from other infections. Since the gut has its own immune and neurological systems, keeping the natural ecology in balance is key. One of the easiest ways to avoid yeast overgrowth is to limit dietary intake of sugars, carbs and alcohol. […]
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Gluten Intolerance

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats, and barley. There is more and more awareness now of gluten being a troublesome protein for humans to digest. Especially in the west, gluten is found in so many different foods and is hidden in different forms, so our bodies are constantly being bombarded with it. Further, wheat and other gluten-containing grains have become more genetically modified, which makes it a more dangerous grain to eat. Gluten intolerance mostly affects people […]
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GI Infections

There are a few underlying factors that can be present when gut health is compromised. One of the things we evaluate for at RestorMedicine is various infections that affect the gut. These can be parasitic, bacterial or yeast-related. Parasitic infections More common that one would imagine, intestinal parasites are a major cause of GI problems. When people think of intestinal parasites, sometimes they think of severe diarrhea coupled with malabsorption and weight loss. But this is often not the clinical […]
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Diets for Lyme Disease

Navigating the most appropriate diet for a Lyme disease patient can be difficult, but good nutrition is such a crucial part of any treatment regimen that it is well worth addressing. Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria that is typically transmitted via ticks, but may also be spread via lice, fleas, mosquitos and other insects. I believe that maintaining optimal nutrition is crucial for Lyme disease sufferers, but there is limited information on what people should eat, and […]
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Candida and Weight Loss

Candida overgrowth can be a significant barrier to weight loss. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in the intestinal tract, and is vital for healthy digestion. However, when Candida overgrowth occurs, it can create problems, both with digestive function (gas, bloating etc) and more systemically with fatigue, headaches, brain fog and so on. In looking at the association between Candida and weight gain, the first thing we need to examine is the fuel source for yeast (and subsequently Candida). Yeast […]
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