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Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Tips

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.

What is gluten?

Gluten is the generic term for the storage of protein in grains. It is found in wheat, oats, barley, spelt and rye.

It is the high proline and glutamine content in gluten that prevents the proteins from being completely broken down

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By |2018-12-17T12:47:12+00:00December 14th, 2018|Diet, Nutrition|Comments Off on Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Tips

9 Hacks to Improve Gut Health Naturally

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

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By |2018-11-14T12:03:31+00:00November 14th, 2018|Diet, Digestive Health, Nutrition|Comments Off on 9 Hacks to Improve Gut Health Naturally

5 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

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.

Your gut microbiome is a fascinating ecosystem of bacteria that works to improve many aspects of your health. When it isn’t  functioning well, complications can arise. Probiotics are marketed as a quick fix to get your gut back to normal. But if it was that easy to cure gut issues, we’d

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By |2018-09-06T11:48:12+00:00August 9th, 2018|Digestive Health, Nutrition|Comments Off on 5 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

Having Digestive Issues? You Might Be Missing This Vital Element

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.

Water, food, air, and shelter are the 4 most basic things every living organism needs to stay alive. You can

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By |2018-09-06T11:48:51+00:00June 25th, 2018|Nutrition|Comments Off on Having Digestive Issues? You Might Be Missing This Vital Element

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

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By |2018-09-06T11:49:33+00:00February 14th, 2018|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

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:53+00:00June 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

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By |2018-09-06T11:50:24+00:00April 14th, 2015|Bowel Movements, 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

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By |2018-09-06T11:51:07+00:00January 15th, 2015|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

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By |2018-08-17T09:18:58+00:00August 24th, 2014|Nutrition|Comments Off on What are Probiotics?