Migraines, Nutrition & Food Sensitivities

At the ripe old age of 12, my migraines began. I learned to treat them with prescription medications, but never learned how to prevent them until I was in my 30’s. By the time I was 27, my migraines were so crippling that I often found myself unable to even teach a 90 minute yoga class. Skull-crushing pain would often immobilize me in my bedroom for 2-3 days at a time, twice per week. I had no life and barely functioned. I was so depressed because I was already living a thoroughly healthy life, or so I thought.

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Nutrition Therapy for Crohn’s Disease

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates My clients know that I LOOOOOVE talking guts! The art and science of digestive health is really, really interesting, especially as our knowledge of it grows through research. Our guts are dynamic and impact every other system in our bodies. Unfortunately, digestive problems poop on a lot of people’s parties. Of the many things that can go functionally awry with your guts, inflammatory bowel diseases are growing in popularity.

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GAPS diet to help brain, gut, mental health

The GAPS diet has worldwide fans who use it to help gut disorders, autism, learning disorders, mood disorders, and mental illness. This is known as Gut and Psychology Syndrome. I asked Penelope Ferguson, a Certified GAPS practitioner and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to help explain the GAPS diet in a podcast interview (her description below). Gut and Psychology Diet origins: It is a nutrition system developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

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How a low FODMAPs diet can improve your digestion and IBS

People who have intolerances to FODMAPs foods may suffer gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea, or increased pathogenic bacteria as a result of certain carbohydrates fermenting. The low FODMAPs strategy is a dietary approach that is growing in popularity for IBS sufferers. Many of my patients have found relief when I’ve helped them through the FODMAP method. It’s clinically demonstrated to help 75% of patients improve their IBS symptoms.

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Is healthy food causing your digestion problems?

Mmmm, lunch! Being health-conscious, you grab a bowl of lentil soup with whole wheat toast. You slather it with fat-free apple butter. Later in the day, you treat yourself to a little frozen yogurt with your family. You’ve picked up these habits after years of trying. But if you’re eating really well and still suffering from uncomfortable (or even really painful and embarrassing) digestion, you’re not alone.

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Relieve PMS Naturally

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) causes some women (and their loved ones) to experience a dramatic, negative impact in their quality of life before periods. When a woman suffers with PMS, the men, women, and children near her also suffer. Am I right, fellas? (wink!) Seriously, PMS is a very challenging condition that can present up to 150 different symptoms. These include fluid retention, fatigue, weight gain, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, depression and food cravings.

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The connection between gluten and pain

For those of us who have struggled with pain, we understand that getting it under control can be really challenging. Taking a pain pill may provide short-term relief, but it’s not a smart long-term strategy. Clients who struggle with pain, like fibromyalgia, migraines, headaches and arthritis are often surprised to learn that nutrition and lifestyle are playing a huge role in their pain.

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