When Your Doctor Says You're Fine, Part 4 - Testing for Minerals and Heavy Metals

Ensuring that you aren’t deficient in all the critical minerals is one facet of healing that often gets overlooked in chronic illness, but was critical in helping me regain my energy after years of treating gut disorders.

However, conventional testing for mineral status and heavy metals isn’t always the most reliable. That’s why I recommend using testing like the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) to learn what’s really going on with your body’s mineral deficiencies or heavy metal toxicity.

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When Your Doctor Says You're Fine, Part 3 - Analyzing Hormone Test Results

Figuring out what your hormone status is can be one of the biggest keys to unlocking true healing on your journey to health.

However, conventional hormone testing via blood is usually not the most accurate, and could possibly lead to you missing some irregularities in your hormones.

I prefer testing my hormones via urine using a DUTCH test. This way I make sure that I’m only looking at the hormone levels that bioavailable and being used by my body, and I can track my hormone levels (specifically cortisol) over time.

Digging deeper into our hormone status using functional testing is so critical in recovery from chronic illness or autoimmune disease!

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When Your Doctor Says You're Fine, Part 2 - Analyzing Stool Test Results

Stool testing can be an important diagnostic tool for anyone with an autoimmune disease, or chronic illness. These tests can give you an inside look into one of the most complex systems in your body, your gut.

However, simply relying on conventional stool testing, without doing your own research to determine how the lab is analyzing the sample could leave you with some missing pieces to your gut health puzzle.

I recommend using a functional stool test (like GI MAP or Viome) in order to get you the most complete and accurate read on what’s actually going on inside your gut.

These tests are going to be a little pricier than what you’ll get from your GI doc (and most likely won’t be covered by insurance), but if your finances allow it’s so totally worth it to have a higher degree of certainty that you aren’t missing anything in your gut that could be contributing to your ill health.

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When Your Doctor Says You’re Fine, Part 1 - Analyzing Lab Ranges

We’ve all been there - you go to your doctor’s office for answers about your chronic illness, gut symptoms, or autoimmune disease, and all they can tell you is you’re completely healthy.

I’ve been there so many times, and in this four part blog series I’m going to show you how to dig deeper into your medical test results in order to uncover the root of your health concerns and get back to your healthiest life!

In part one, we’re going to look at the difference between western medical lab ranges, and functional medicine lab ranges, and how they can make a big difference in your treatment plans.

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How the Hustle is Hurting Your Health

Hustling for those worldly achievements, like promotion or staying out late with friends, is just what society tells us is normal these days.

But when you’re dealing with a chronic illness trying to keep up can often times hurt your health.

Succumbing to the hustle just isn’t worth it, not when you’re doing it to please someone else or live up to society’s standards. And especially not if you’re hurting your health in the process.

So, I encourage you to find your own path to success and contentment, even if it looks nothing like society tells you it should - one that brings you joy and leads to a healthy, full life.

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Healing Power of the Mind-Body Connection in Chronic Illness

In a guest post from my wonderful mother, she shares her journey with chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and the relationship that stress has played in her health for her entire life.

It was only until she discovered and cultivated a meditation practice was she able to take control of her anxiety and fear, and successfully manage her stress - and in turn successfully manage her health.

The mind-body connection is a powerful thing, and it’s truly quite amazing that we have been given the ability to control our thoughts, emotions, and ultimately our health!

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Tips for Eating Out With Celiac Disease (or Any Food Intolerances)

Eating out with Celiac Disease, any Autoimmune condition, or food intolerance can be a daunting and scary task.

Whenever you eat out, you’re trusting your health and wellbeing to the restaurant staff - who most of the time, doesn’t have your best interest in mind when preparing your food.

Since I’ve needed to switch to a 100% gluten free diet, I’ve been able to come up with some tried and true techniques to feeling as comfortable as I can while dining out.

I’ve used these tips to successfully eat gluten free at many restaurants for years, and now I want to share them with you!

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Three Tips to Find the Best Doctor for You (And Get the Most Out of Your Time and Money)

When struggling with symptoms of a chronic illness, choosing the right health professional for your specific condition can make a huge difference in your health and the amount of time and effort it takes you to start feeling better again.

And, most of the time, finding a doctor who will actually listen to you and who will work to find the root cause of your symptoms can be very daunting.

That’s why I’ve come up with my top three tips for finding a practitioner who will actually work with you and help you move forward on your healing journey.

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My Experience on the Keto Diet: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The ketogenic diet is all the rage these days, and even I jumped on the bandwagon and found myself in ketosis in an attempt to heal from blood sugar dysregulation caused by years of low FODMAP, low carb eating.

The keto diet helped me be able to reintroduce higher FODMAP foods without having reactions, but it also caused me to develop physiological insulin resistance, HPA dysregulation (adrenal fatigue), and disrupt other hormones leaving me feeling exhausted and totally depleted.

I don’t regret my time in ketosis, but I hope that sharing my unique experience will allow others to make a more informed decision than I did when deciding if this popular diet is right for them.

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The Importance of Detox Support During SIBO Treatment (And Four Easy Ways to Get Started Right Now)

Treating SIBO with antimicrobials and antibiotics is a very common practice. But what a lot of people don’t know is that when you take these supplements and prescriptions to kill bacteria in your gut is that those bacteria release toxic byproducts while they’re being eradicated - they don’t like to go down without a fight!

For people with chronic illnesses, gut infections, autoimmune disease (all conditions that increase the liver’s toxic load), the liver can get a little busy, and actually become overburdened - especially when you add in killing off bacteria.

Detoxification support is critical to maintaining good health of all body systems while treating overgrowths and gut infections, I’ve developed some simple but effective detox methods that I absolutely love.

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Tips For Reintroductions on the low-FODMAP Diet

The low-FODMAP diet isn’t forever, and it’s really only a tool to use to reduce your IBS and SIBO symptoms while you work on healing your gut and getting rid of any overgrowths.

I know how difficult it is to work on expanding your diet after you’ve been eating low-FODMAP for a while and feeling great. But it’s important to reintroduce these carbs as they’re the only source of food for your good gut bacteria.

So, I came up with a few tips for helping you get started in your FODMAP reintroductions!

#1: Work on introducing the category of FODMAPs you don’t react to

#2: Start with small portion sizes

#3: Support your digestion

#4: Don’t stop reintroducing if you experience some symptoms

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Four Mistakes I Made in My SIBO Treatment (And How You Can Avoid Them)

I’ve been through many years of treating my SIBO and healing my gut. Although it’s been a journey I don’t regret, there have been some mistakes I’ve made along the way that I want to help you not make. Here are a few of the mistakes I made in my SIBO treatment:

#1: Not testing for SIBO before treating SIBO

#2: Not supporting my gut before trying to kill the overgrowth

#3: Staying Low-FODMAP for so long

#4: Not being consistent with the labs I used for testing

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Vegetables - How and Why to Add More to Your Diet

Vegetables provide the best source of antioxidants and phytonutrients out of any food you can eat.

Unfortunately, vegetables are also the most unpleasant and difficult for most people to consume, so they tend to be overlooked for more satisfying foods.

In this article, I’ll answer some common questions about why vegetables should actually make up a majority of our plates, and how you can go about starting to eat more of them each day.

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Five Factors that Contributed to My SIBO, and How You Can Avoid Them

Looking back to right before my SIBO symptoms started to take over my life, I was living in a perfect SIBO-shaped storm, with so many of my lifestyle factors lining up to create a massive disruption in my gut function.

In this blog, you’ll learn about the five major factors that contributed to my SIBO and general gut dysfunction, and some tips about how to avoid them in your own life.

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My Health Journey

My health journey starts with a diagnosis of Celiac Disease, and continues today with issues like SIBO, leaky gut, dysbiosis, adrenal fatigue, liver toxicity, and overgrowths of pathogenic bacteria.

But, I’ve come such a long way, and have learned so much in the process. My gut is well on its way to healing and being the gut it used to be.

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