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Digestive health is finally getting its just due; people around the world are trying to combat anything from stomachaches to serious digestive ailments by improving their diet. We’ve heard of the benefits in fiber, yogurt, and probiotics, but did you ever imagine a world where ingesting a beloved Mediterranean staple like olive oil could improve the health of your gut? Preferred Dietary Fats for Beneficial Bacteria We all know that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is great for the heart, but did

DNA surveys tell us we're all 99.9% alike, but what if the gut microbiome (the bacteria that resides within us) makes us radically different when it comes to health and longevity? In my practice, I’ve been putting a precedent on the personalized dietary model for years. As early as 2006, I have recommended blood sugar testing devices to clients so that they can understand first­hand how their meal choices affect pre­ and post­meal consumption blood glucose levels. This allows them to

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Natural apple cider vinegar is made by crushing fresh organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from refined and distilled vinegar found in most supermarkets. Apple cider vinegar is an effective, natural, bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, copper and iron. All of which are essential to a healthy body. Hydroxytyrosol

I'm giving you the takeaway right now: don't underestimate fiber when it comes to boosting favorable strains of gut bacteria. Fiber for Gut Health Back in 2006 while attending a conference, I saw my first designer probiotic with a hefty price tag to match. As I listened to the marketing rundown, I wondered who would spend this type of money on what is essentially bacteria from dairy (think roquefort cheese).  Suddenly my grandmother's saying "just eat the goat yogurt from the Cho̱rió

Digestion and Carbohydrates Carbohydrates can be particularly pesky—and it’s their cumbersome nature that may be behind the increase in global obesity. Each of us carries at least one AMY1 gene, which allows us to digest foodstuffs high in starch (think carbs). The original school of thought preached that we each carried 2 copies of the gene; research has recently found that number to be highly variable, however. AMY1 is responsible for allowing us to produce a salivary enzyme known as amylase: a

I was well on my way to becoming a professional swimmer when disaster struck: the official diagnosis was iron deficiency, at hazardously low levels. After suffering through a slew of tests and prescription drugs that didn’t seem to help, a change in diet saved me. Iron, An Athlete’s Best Friend Anemia is no joke, it has both psychological and physiological impacts. This makes sense when you understand iron’s role in the body. It’s an important trace element; responsible for aiding in oxygen