Dealing with regular stomach pain, constant trips to the toilet, or bloating so much you can’t get into your jeans makes you miserable. You feel like you can never be truly comfortable – and you can never relax, at least not completely. And you can’t explain to your friend why you have to cancel your coffee date for the third time this month – you pretend it’s a headache.
I’ve attended a few holiday parties recently and it got me thinking about how they can be stressful for those with celiac or an intolerance towards gluten. With this in mind, I wanted to re-visit the topic of eating gluten-free and more specifically gluten-free holiday baking.
In this article I’ll cover a few fundamentals regarding gluten and then move on to a few tips & challenges with gluten-free holiday baking.
An unhealthy gut can leave you wasting time in the bathroom – and really, who has time to waste? We’ve all experienced it before – that rumbling sound coming from your stomach when the room is completely silent and that bloated uneasy feeling. That’s something we all want to avoid. I battled this myself for many years as I tried different diet and life style changes trying to find that balance for my system. I attributed it to getting older – which I was – but that didn’t mean I was ready to feel that way. These experiences led me to want to share hacks to improve gut health.
Not only can an unhealthy gut cause unwanted digestive issues, but
Did you know, there are trillions of bacteria creeping in every little nook and cranny in your digestive tract? There’s bacteria in your gut.
Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? That’s because we’re conditioned to believe bacteria is bad. Chances are you over clean your house and wash your hands constantly. In the US, we wage war on germs – but this is a big mistake because bacteria isn’t always bad for you.
During summertime, the sun in San Antonio starts getting brighter. We can feel the effects of the water loss on our bodies when trying to get out of our car after a long drive, our legs get stuck to our seats with sweat. Or when we pass out on our beach towels in the sun and wake up drenched in sweat– and probably a little sun-burnt too. We lose a lot of water through sweat in the summer and it’s important that we put back as much as our bodies are losing – because it’s vital to our health.
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.
- The Paleo Diet
- The Low FODMAP Diet
- The Specific Carbohydrate Diet – SCD
- 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
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
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.
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
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