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Digestion

5 Reasons Why Even Vegetarians Should Eat Gelatin

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her blog or visiting her on Facebook. There are so many amazing benefits that can come from eating gelatin, including improvements in digestive, skin, and mental health. Plus, gelatin can be used to make a yummy, all-natural dessert that’s actually good for us. So why aren’t we eating… Read More

What To Do If You Need To Take Antibiotics

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I wrote this a while back when I had more time, thinking it might come in handy during the book tour. I was right! A few years ago, I wrote an article about the often devastating effects that antibiotics can have on the gut flora. While it’s extremely important to avoid unnecessary antibiotic use, what about those who have carefully considered their options and decided that antibiotics are necessary in their situation? Is there no… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Xanthan Gum

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I hope everyone had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving! Today, I’m continuing my series on common food additives. Last time, I discussed the health effects of carrageenan, a food additive that is commonly used as a stabilizer, thickener, or emulsifier. Another additive that shares many of these functions in commercial foods is xanthan gum, which is also popular in gluten-free baked goods for the elasticity it lends to dough. Although it isn’t as heavily discussed… Read More

RHR: You Are What Your Bacteria Eat: The Importance of Feeding Your Microbiome – With Jeff Leach

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I’m really excited to have a special guest, Jeff Leach from the American Gut Project, on this episode.  We talk all about the gut, which is, of course, one of my favorite topics. In this episode, we cover: 1:00 What is the American Gut Project? 4:30 How the study of our microbiome changes as technology advances 15:22 Surprising insights from the latest gut bacteria research 22:38 What effect does diet have on the microbiota? 29:22… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

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Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community. (1) Carrageenan is especially common in non-dairy milks such as… Read More

How to Prevent Diverticulitis Naturally

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This is a guest post written by staff nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD. Click here to read her blog or join her newsletter! If you’ve ever experienced a diverticulitis attack, I’m sure you’d be the first to say that it’s not a pleasant experience. I bet you’d be willing to do a lot of things to prevent it from happening again! Or maybe you’re someone who has been diagnosed with diverticulosis by your gastroenterologist, but you’re… Read More