How to lower stress and prime your digestion before a meal

How to lower stress and prime your digestion before a meal

Life is busy. And stressful. Stress effects the entire physical body, and if you’re someone prone to digestive issues, you know how much it can mess with your gut. The scientific literature, too, continues to confirm that the relationship between the gut and brain, often called the gut-brain axis, is an extremely intimate one.  …

Can gluten affect your hormones and fertility?

Can gluten affect your hormones and fertility?

The short answer is yes. If you’re a woman with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), gluten can have a significant impact on your hormones and fertility. Even though the majority of people with celiac are women, the connection between women’s health issues and gluten is frequently overlooked. Here’s what you need to know about…

The Ultimate Guide to Fiber & How it Affects Gut Health

The Ultimate Guide to Fiber & How it Affects Gut Health

Did you know that we aren’t able to break down or directly use fiber? That’s right, fiber is entirely food for the trillions of microbes in our gut, called our gut microbiome! They eat the fiber, and make by-products called short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that, among many benefits, are incredibly anti-inflammatory and immune-supportive. That…

When your labs are “normal”… but you don’t feel normal

When your labs are “normal”… but you don’t feel normal

Have you ever been to the doctor and gotten your labs run, just to be told everything is “normal”? Maybe it was on in your journey toward getting a diagnosis when doctors were testing for everything BUT celiac (ask me how I know!). Or maybe you’ve been gluten-free for awhile now but have lingering digestive…

Are wheatgrass and barley grass safe on a gluten-free diet?

Are wheatgrass and barley grass safe on a gluten-free diet?

Wheatgrass and barley grass powders are showing up in many products, from drink mixes to protein powders to snack bars. They’re high in vitamins and minerals, can have blood sugar balancing effects, and may be immune-supportive based on the high chlorophyll content. But are they safe for those on a gluten-free diet? Wheat and barley…

How Probiotics Work (and a tip to optimize probiotic use!)

How Probiotics Work (and a tip to optimize probiotic use!)

Did you know that in most cases probiotics don’t take up permanent residence in our gut? That’s right, they act more like house guests that come and go. That means the benefits of probiotics only last as long as we’re actually using them! If this isn’t how you pictured it working, hopefully the little visual…

Stress and Gut Health: How it Works and How to Check-In

Stress and Gut Health: How it Works and How to Check-In

This year has been a historically stressful one, to say the least. Many of us have felt it in our gut. Literally. That’s because stress has a significant impact on gut health. The medical literature continues to confirm that the gut-brain axis is very real. Chemical messengers are traveling back and forth all day long…