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Which Diet is Best for You?

There are a lot of food choices for us to make and choosing the right diet for you can feel a little overwhelming at times. To help you sort through the noise and get you off on the right track, I’ve outlined four great diets worth considering.

  1. The Paleo Diet
  2. The Low FODMAP Diet
  3. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet – SCD
  4. The Mediterranean Diet

Each of these are great for different reasons. You may even find you feel your best when you take elements from each and combine them to make your own personal plan. Fortunately, once you have a good idea which diet is best for you and your personal goals there’s mountains of […]

By | 2018-03-27T17:22:57+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Diet, Digestive Health, Nutrition|Comments Off on Which Diet is Best for You?

Fiber – How Much Do I Need?

As a gastroenterologist, I get a lot of questions from my San Antonio, TX patients about fiber intake.  We all know it’s the right thing to do but most of us don’t take enough.  So what is the right amount?  What is the right type?  Can I get it in my diet or do I have to buy a supplement?  Let’s dive into some of these most common fiber questions.

What is dietary fiber?

Fiber is the plant material we eat in our diets and comes in two main forms- soluble and insoluble.  Soluble fiber dissolves in water and is fermented in the colon.  Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and acts […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:53+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Bowel Movements, Diet, Nutrition|Comments Off on Fiber – How Much Do I Need?

What Your Poop Says About You

Let’s just start by saying we all poop.  For some people this is a topic that’s difficult to discuss with family, friends or even their physician in San Antonio, TX.  For others, like my grandpa or my 6 year old boy, they could talk about it all day.  However, a bowel movement can be an indicator of your overall digestive health.  I’m going to walk you through the basics of a “normal” bowel movement and give you the perspective of a gastroenterologist on the key indicators to look for and what they could mean.

BOWEL MOVEMENTS

bristol stool chartA poop – or referred to as a “bowel movement”- is defined […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:54+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Bowel Movements, Diet, Nutrition|Comments Off on What Your Poop Says About You

Should I try a Gluten Free Diet?

Gluten free.  Is it the new diet fad or is there a reason when it’s such a hot topic right now?  Gluten free diet is the number one diet change topic my patients in San Antonio TX come to me to discuss.  So what is it about gluten and does it deserve the bad rap it seems to be getting?  First, let’s explore what we know.

What is Gluten?

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is defined as the name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale.  It helps nourish the plant as it grows and is used frequently […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:55+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Diet, Nutrition|Comments Off on Should I try a Gluten Free Diet?

What are Probiotics?

I think we as a society strive to be too clean.  We spend our lives washing everything, we throw food away if it touches the counter and every time we cough or sneeze we’re given antibiotics.  We hate germs.  But it may well be some of these same germs, or bacteria, that we need even more of.  As a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, Texas, I get a lot of questions about bacteria from my patient.  The questions tend to center around probiotics.  Which ones are the best, how many bacteria cultures do we need, what diseases do probiotics help with, how long should I take probiotics, why haven’t they worked for me?  These are all great questions; unfortunately we don’t […]

By | 2018-01-31T01:21:55+00:00 August 24th, 2014|Nutrition|Comments Off on What are Probiotics?