Will a Functional Doc Help?

Will a Functional Doc Help?
Have you ever seen a functional doctor? I always wanted to go to one, but I never found one that took my insurance.

I went on a quest to find out if there was a functional doctor somewhere in Maryland, where I live, that would take my insurance. I don’t have the greatest insurance so I wasn’t hopeful.

However my niece found this doctor and absolutely loved her. And then I had two other people tell me that they loved her too. So I looked at my insurance and guess what? They tak...
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If Chocolate Can Make You Happy, Can Some Foods Make You Sad?

If Chocolate Can Make You Happy, Can Some Foods Make You Sad?
If chocolate can make you happy, can some foods make you sad? I've found this to be true in my case, and I found out that of people who eliminate foods that they are sensitive to, 81% saw improvement in anxiety and depression!!

Some people say carbs make you happy, but this is...
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Are You Sensitive to Dairy?

Do you think you have a dairy sensitivity?

I have gone back and forth on this for years, because I. Love. Cheese. And ice cream! Some of the worst I’ve felt in my life was when I’ve been eating dairy. Just because cheese is so hard to imitate. I still haven’t found a true imitation cheese, one that melts like the real thing. I love goat cheese, but it doesn’t agree with me either!

What’s wrong with dairy?

In my little opinion, I think it’s more the processing of the milk, and the care of the cows. But who knows? All I know is I feel terrible when I eat it.

  • Sinus congestion that goes into my ears
  • Stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Joint pain
Obviously, my body isn’t digesting dairy well. Remember we aren’t talking allergies here—that includes hives, wheezing, vomiting.

Intolerance to lactose, the sugar found in milk, is a problem many have. It’s estimated that 65% of the world’s population has some trouble digesting lactose. There is a shortage of lactase enzymes. Aged cheeses and fermented products have less lactose, and may be easier for people to digest.

There’s also a protein in milk called casein.

Pay attention here: casein is in higher protein dairy products, like milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. Low protein dairy products, like butter and cream, only have a little casein. Ghee or clarified butter shouldn’t have any casein.

So, the big question is: is it the casein or the lactose or is it both?

Here’s a trick:
  • gas, bloating, diarrhea = lactose
  • stuffy nose and mucus = casein and/or whey
Some people, (ME), have both! Argh... 

Soon, I'll be sharing some great info on how to stop eating dairy and not feel like you're missing out on life.

What Are Your Symptoms: Digestion?

Ah the dreaded first sign.... the bloat....

This is how I feel when I eat soooo many things (dairy especially, sugar, grains...)  ☝🏽

Do you have any of these symptoms:
  • Looking 8 months pregnant in minutes
  • Gas
  • Pains in your gut that can last for days
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Mucus poo (your gut is trying to protect itself)
Have you ever wondered why we have gut issues when we are sensitive to foods?

Let's Talk About It

Many people have heard of lactose intolerance. People that are lactose intolerant are short of the lactase enzyme, which breaks down lactose in the gut. "Simple" answer is to stop eating dairy products. I quote simple because it's not easy. Medline says that approximately 65% of the population has trouble digesting lactose. Digestive issues associated with lactose intolerance are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and nausea.

Gluten intolerance is a sensitivity to a protein in wheat, rye and barley. If you have celiac disease, it is vital for you to stop eating gluten. It is an autoimmune disease that causes severe damage to the small intestine if you continue to eat gluten. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is much more common, and can affect up to 13% of the population. Digestive symptoms of NCGS include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation.

FODMAP intolerance is very common in people with IBS. FODMAP's are short chain carbohydrates that can cause digestive distress.

There's so much more information out there about digestive issues with food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune issues, etc, etc.... but I'm no doctor, and I don't play one online.

The truth of the matter is this: you're not crazy! It's not that you're laxative deficient, and some people might get worse from taking a fiber supplement (I sure did!). Making a few simple tweaks in your diet may help your digestion out a ton. It sure did for me (that and Natural Calm Magnesium!)

If you're looking to figure out what your sensitivities are, check out my class: Thriving with Food Sensitivities, or jump in my Facebook Group.