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The exciting world of gut health

This is an exciting time to be a gut health practitioner. I have been busy listening to Ted Talks and webinars, reading books and websites, and sharing and learning from my patients and colleagues. If I were a better blogger I would be sharing this information weekly. It’s one of my goals… Here are just […]

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Post-surgery gut rehab

The hospital is full of really sick people. I know, because I had an opportunity to work at the hospital this past week. (This is the same hospital I have worked at for over 18 years, though in recent years I am only there on-call.) Many years ago I was responsible for all the tube feeding and […]

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Low-FODMAP Diet Resources and My Lightbulb Moment

I recently purchased a copy of Sue Shepherd’s “The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet” book. It was a great read. The photography is beautiful and the information is clear. As a dietitian, I absolutely love learning new information. I was reading along and BOOM! out popped an “A-HA” moment for me. How had I missed this important […]

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Over the years, I have compiled a list of strategies to decrease diarrhea. My book goes into detail for each of these strategies, and includes even more! Determine if you have lactose intolerance. Try a lactose challenge. Determine if you have fructose intolerance. Fructose is a type of sugar. Cut back on very sweet or […]

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Tip #6 Avoid Polyols

Poly…what? Polyols are also known as sugar alcohols. The body cannot absorb them like regular sugar, so they pass through the digestive system relatively intact. Food manufacturers use them to add sweet flavor to foods and candy without contributing toward the calories. Unfortunately, if you have a sensitive gut, these sugar alcohols may result in […]

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Tip #4 Are you fructose intolerant?

I previously discussed Lactose Intolerance in some detail. Another less common, but possible cause of diarrhea is dietary fructose intolerance, or fructose malabsorption (FM). (This should not be confused with Hereditary Fructose Intolerance, a rare genetic disorder usually diagnosed in infancy which can lead to liver or kidney damage if not properly treated.) If you […]

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Lactose intolerance is very common, particularly in certain ethnic groups. For example, lactose intolerance may affect 95-100% of Southeast Asians, and 90% of Asian Americans. What is lactose intolerance? Technically it is a deficiency of lactase activity. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar found in milk. Lactase is produced in the […]

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Tip #2 Modify Your Fiber Intake

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. There’s a great review on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_fiber. Wikipedia’s definition of fiber is as follows: “Dietary fiber, sometimes called roughage, is the indigestible portion of plant foods having two main components — soluble (prebiotic, viscous) fiber that is readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically […]

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