Category Archives: Eater’s Digest

Me and my GI (gastroenterologist)

‘Tis the season of good cheer, indulgent food and frequent festivities. . .

Ho ho ho, so much fun!

Yet sometimes the jolly times come with a not-so merry belly.

It may be the amount of chow or the curious combination of cuisines in one sitting. It could be a tad bit more of the goodies that you usually leave for special occasions. (Those “special occasions” sure are coming one on top of another right now!)

Or, if you’re among the 60 to 70 million Americans that suffers from reported digestive distresses each year, this may, unfortunately, be a season not unlike any other.

Recently I had an open conversation with my dear friend Venu Julapalli M.D., a gastroenterologist in Houston, Texas.

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Signs, Symptoms and Selenium

It’s not just what you eat. It’s how it gets there.
Eater’s Digest, from Replenish PDX is one eater’s monthly reflection on the journey of her food.

This month: mining key minerals from your food

Though we’ll be shifting our focus to the importance ofdigestion fairly soon (I know it’s a topic near and dear to your heart), I’m not quite done waxing on about the beauty of the butterfly nestled within your neck.

Here in the virtual halls of Replenish, thyroid health is still top of mind since the Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s kicks off tonight with our first live call (pssst…it’s not too late to join us!)

If you’re thinking, I don’t have Hashimoto’s, I don’t need to read this. Think again! There are so many factors that affect thyroid health and that ultimately affect you.

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shore up your stomach

As I spend time with each of the experts that I’ve been privileged to interview, it never ceases to amaze me how interconnected all parts of the body are and how disconnected we’ve culturally grown from that reality.

I’m not just talking about “Dem Bones” here. The network is more vast and biochemical.

From a conventional perspective, for instance, the thyroid, seems to float of its own accord in the region of the throat, detached from the brain, the gut, the stomach, and a host of other hormonal and chemical actions and reactions. But as I’m continually reminded and hopeful that you’ll understand, this just isn’t so.

The thyroid is affected by and affects many other functions in the body, as you’ll learn in the Hashimoto’s Institute, where the presenters draw out relationships that may have been overlooked ~ to your immune health, your mental health and your environment!

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Chew on this!

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with chewing. It’s the thought of chewing that’s got my attention, not the practice. The practice is what I’m hoping to inspire today ~ in myself, and hopefully in you too.

I often say that we’re not just what we eat, but how our body processes what we eat. In this way, we are what we can digest, absorb and utilize. We are, in part, the health of our organs and body systems.

It’s curious to me how we can overlook the importance of the many chemical reactions in our bodies. There are those that are triggered by the food choices we make, and there are those affected by the strength and efficiencies of our organs.

(If your curiosity is piqued about how digestion affects your health, click here and see the details below. For now, let’s chew on more facts about chewing!)

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I’m Sweet on You

You know what?

I’m sweet on you and your health.

That’s why I’m hosting the free class tomorrow,’Even Keel: The Three Keys to Sustainable Blood Sugar Balance’ and still want to take time to explore some of the top questions I receive about blood sugar.

It’s that important. (And dare I say, that misunderstood!)

There are a host of possible causes for bogus blood sugar metabolism. Things such as:

▪ excess or deficient release of the hormone insulin
▪ impaired cell receptivity
▪ under or overactive adrenal glands
▪ compromised liver health
▪ too much sugar or refined carbohydrates or even high glycemic foods in the diet
▪ thyroid issues
▪ surplus stress
▪ and more!

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“back it up” for your energy & metabolism

In Sean Croxton’s Thyroid Sessions (the awesome free online event happening now), you’ll hear me speak about “backing it up” when it comes to the function of the thyroid.

But just what do we want to back it up to so that our thyroid can provide us with energy and metabolism as it’s meant to do?

Back it up to Digestion.

And by digestion I don’t just mean what you eat (though that’s critical too!), but also how each of the organs in your digestive systems works for you.

Those organs include your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small & large intestines but also your pancreas, gallbladder and your beloved liver.

Interestingly, in ancient Chinese practices the cycle of the day and the cycle of the year had correspondence with organ systems in the body. The relevance even relates to the seasonal foods during that time of year and how they feed and fuel those associated organs.

Waking up at 3am on a regular basis?

Could be your liver.

Feeling a bit of anger as we enter into the season?

Um. . . could be your liver.

(And believe me when I tell you that you’re not alone!)

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Rest & Digest

You may be wondering what stress has to do with your digestion.

Or you may already know.

You’ve likely felt butterflies in your stomach before a big event ~ a performance, your wedding, or even prior to a difficult conversation with your partner or boss. And in those moments you’re likely not thinking about french fries.

Yet in my practice I often see clients who are suffering from chronic stressors.

It could be a difficult job that’s been taking a toll for months.

It might be systemic pain.

Or it may just be the challenges of everyday modern living ~ kids, finances and getting a good meal on the table at the end of a busy day.

Let’s face it: life can be stressful!

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Post-Christmas Digestive Wellness

Recently I had an open conversation with my friend Venu Julapalli M.D., a gastroenterologist in Houston, Texas. I wanted to discuss how a medically trained doctor considers the role of food and nutrition in digestive health, especially given the nature of our upcoming Resolution Detox, which allows you to sink into your own core health to kick off the new year.

As you’ll see, Dr. Julapalli had some questions for me too!

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It’s easy going green: hormone balance and green tea

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a moment to meditate on the migration of my meals and morsels on these pages you read. But as I prepare for the EstroZen Detox, I’m deep in thought of the physiology of food.

Not just my food, but hopefully yours too!

Which foods support your hormone balance and which thwart it?

It’s all a careful correspondence as I articulated in the Tipping the Scale Webinar on Saturday. And I must confess that I love delving into the nitty gritty details to customize a dietary protocol that delivers the best results possible, while also creating a blueprint you can carry easily into your everyday.

Today I want to make testament to the tea leaf ~ the green tea leaf.

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Aloe Vera Juice: Healing the Skin (Inside & Out)

You’re likely familiar with the idea of putting aloe on your outer skin to soothe either a sunburn or an inopportune encounter with some fire ~ from the stovetop, the fireplace or your campground dinner.

But can aloe actually provide some benefits for that internal skin as well?

You bet it can!

It was over 3,500 years ago that the health benefits of aloe were first documented. But the research didn’t stop there.

There’s a body of contemporary research that contributes to the reasons why I’m a fan of the healing benefits of aloe vera juice. I include it in many of my cleanses, like our upcoming Retreat: A TrulyFood Autumn Cleanse.

I also like to incorporate aloe vera juice into particular clients’ daily protocols and smoothies to help address specific digestive disturbances from heartburn to ulcers to intestinal or bowel inflammation to diarrhea. But why?

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