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  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to Candida

    by Paula Gallagher | October 8, 2014

    candida-anxietyCandida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc.

    It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth, which is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream, and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Taking a natural approach to candida can help many with addressing this condition.  Read more

  • Digestive Health Series: Acid Reflux

    by Paula Gallagher | September 30, 2014

    heartburnIn this weekly series, we will look at digestive health and natural approaches to related problems like candida, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and food allergies.

    The first issue we will tackle is acid reflux. Acid reflux or heartburn occurs when stomach acid rises up into the esophagus. This results from the lower esophageal sphincter not closing properly. Normally the sphincter closes as soon food passes through it and it should not allow back flow of food or stomach acid. However, when the sphincter either doesn’t close all the way or it opens too often, stomach acid moves into the esophagus causing uncomfortable symptoms.

    Symptoms can include:

    • Chest pain/burning sensation
    • Dental erosion
    • Asthma
    • Belching
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Hoarseness
    • Sore throat
    • Regurgitation of food

    Read more

  • Thanksgiving Tips

    by Paula Gallagher | November 26, 2013

    In a few days many of us will be sitting down to huge meals and afterwards rolling over to the couch.  Here are some past blogs that will help you prepare for that big meal.

    Pathway Digase: A blog about helping with digestion.

    Avoid Thanksgiving Discomfort: Tips for a healthier Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving Heartburn: An all-too-real affliction for many. Tips to help reduce and avoid heartburn.

    And if you are looking for an amazing cranberry sauce recipe, this one cannot be beat!

  • Fermented Foods: In-Season in the Off Season

    by Jared Rice | January 23, 2013

    Right about this time of year the produce aisle of the grocery store starts feeling less than inspiring. In-season options are limited to storage vegetables like potatoes, onions and winter squash, which are getting old. Citrus is delicious, but you can only eat so many oranges and grapefruits.

    So where do we turn to entertain our palates until spring?  What’s in season when nothing is in season?

    The traditional answer is fermented foods!  Think sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha. Read more

  • Four F’s of Digestive Health

    by Jared Rice | January 23, 2013

    Digestive dysfunction is one of the most common ills of today’s population. Symptoms of acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and bloating have become so normal that people often don’t recognize them as problems to be solved, if they recognize them at all. The allopathic diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has become increasingly popular, leaving patients concerned and completely clueless as to the true source of or potential solution to their discomfort. Truth is, from intestinal parasites to food intolerances to emotional stress, digestive imbalances can have a variety of causes. Read more

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