For the month of January, 2017, I went without sugar. Taking one month off of sugar greatly changed the way I eat and how I feel as a result still to this day and I really can’t imagine going back to eating the amount I used to eat.
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It's very common, but hardly ever is the cause of heartburn diagnosed and treated. Most doctors will prescribe Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPI’s, which only treat the symptoms and actually makes heartburn worse over time. Not only that, but PPI’s are only intended to be taken short term, however, many patients take PPIs for years which increases their risk of many illnesses such as Dementia, various gut infections, and Kidney Disease. This is because proton pumps are used all over the body, so when you take something that inhibits their function, total body effects are a result.
So what causes heart burn then?
Research is only in its infancy when it comes to the gut microbiome but it absolutely fascinating to learn that our gut health influences everything in our body including our hormones, neurotransmitters, digestions, heartburn, allergies, obesity, and many chronic diseases including autoimmune diseases, regressive autism, colorectal cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease, to name a few.
I am always trying to find the best way to eat for my body and experimenting with new foods and new ways of eating, so my diet is always evolving. This year, my focus was on improving digestion. In 2017, I was finally able to decrease my sugar consumption, I experienced how effective a low FODMAP diet is for bloating and IBS symptoms, I started fasting for at least 12 hours every day and I incorporated more fat into my diet.
I hear "health professionals" everywhere, on TV, in podcasts, or online, say to limit fruit because of its sugar content, and it just isn't true for the everyday person. Fruit has many benefits for the body and the naturally occurring sugar in fruit is quite beneficial for gut health. Find out more about why fruit is part of a healthy diet and how much fruit you should be eating as well as which individuals should limit their intake to 1-2 servings per day.
Bone broth is a hot diet trend promoting an answer to everything from leaky gut syndrome to a detoxifying, weight loss diet to a way to reverse aging and reduce wrinkles to helping autism, ADHD and depression. But can one food do all of this without any caveats?
Which foods to eat for a healthier gut and which foods to avoid
Feeling bloated and uncomfortable after a meal is not normal, however, some experience this almost every day. Here's what you need to know about an unbalanced gut.