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Could a Gut Infection Be Causing Your Digestive Issues?

Digestive Problems

Guest Post by Jen Broyles

Digestive issues are all too common in today’s society.

In fact, 10-15% of the U.S. population has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects 2-3 million people in the US. These chronic symptoms of abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, food sensitivities, and fatigue can be debilitating and extremely frustrating. I get it. I’ve been there, and I’m still recovering.

I spent years seeing numerous doctors and undergoing a plethora of tests only to be told there was nothing seriously wrong. I just had IBS, and I needed to manage my stress, drink more water, and eat more fiber.

Well, as many of you know, it’s just not that simple. In fact, many people with chronic GI issues or autoimmune conditions often have some type of gut infection. Unfortunately, conventional medicine fails to thoroughly test for these types of infections, and instead gives you medications to manage the symptoms.

Gut infections can include parasites, bacterial overgrowth, Candida (yeast overgrowth), and bacterial infections. All of these infections are extremely common and often overlooked. If you’ve been eating a very clean, real food diet such as Paleo, SCD, or GAPS, and you still don’t feel 100% better, then a gut infection is highly likely.

Infections will not go away with diet changes alone. It will require an herbal or pharmaceutical protocol along with a healthy diet to rid your body of an infection.


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Podcast 275:
3 Reasons to Stop Eating Splenda.

Splenda

I don’t do Splenda.

There was a time when I had bought into the “made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar” hype.

But then I found out the truth…

I found out that Splenda was actually discovered in the chemistry department of Queen Elizabeth College in London back in 1975. That’s when a grad student, Shashikant Phadnis, and his advisor, Leslie Hough, were attempting to create new insecticides by adding a highly poisonous chemical (sulfuryl chloride) to a sugar solution.

Hough asked Phadnis to test it, but the student misheard and “tasted it”.

Whoops.

The prospective insecticide turned out to be surprisingly sweet. Soon after, Hough and Phadnis began working with a British sugar company to create the ultimate chlorinated sugar molecule.

They called it sucralose. We call it Splenda.

Then I learned that Splenda’s chemical structure contains 3 chlorine molecules — no, not the chloride naturally found in food and salt, but the toxic chlorine found in swimming pools — and consuming it actually delivers this chlorine directly to the cells. Yikes.

And this…

Splenda is classified as an organochlorine — just like DDT (banned insecticide), Aldrin (banned pesticide), PCBs (banned electrical insulator), chloroform (banned), phosgene (banned), and other toxic nastiness.

Banned. Banned. Banned. Banned. Banned.

Splenda. Safe for human consumption.


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Podcast 274:
My Obsession with Money

Money Bags

It was pretty much all I thought about.

All day. Every day.

I wanted more of it.

No, I needed more of it.

But my habitual daydreams of actually acquiring it typically ended in nothing other than consternation and incongruence, awakening to a reality that never seemed to change.

A bizarre feeling, it is. To want something, but to not want it. To convince myself that I didn’t really need it. To perpetually rationalize that I was somehow above it. And to despise those who had it.

To be a have-not.

I assume that my red badge of poverty was first pinned to my psyche sometime before my dirt bike lost its training wheels. When I began to wrap my impressionable brain around the concept of social strata.

We were us. They were them.

And to want what “they” had was to concede all loyalty to my side.

It took me over 30 years to finally understand that. That what lied at the root of my low credit score and umpteen overdraft charges was a set of limiting beliefs inherited from my upbringing.

This revelation didn’t happen overnight, however. The first chink in my poverty armor came from an unlikely source.


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Podcast 273:
Confessions of a Health Blogger

Confessions of a Health Blogger

I have a confession.

No, it’s not quite the worst thing in the world. But as a health blogger and podcaster, it’s certainly not one of my prouder moments.

I’d let myself go.

I can make all the excuses in the world — the holidays, football weekends with the guys, the stress of buying my first home, whatever.

The truth is that I had simply fallen off the wagon.

I’m human.

When it came time to start filming for The Thyroid Sessions, I took a look at myself in the mirror and freaked out.

My face was bloated. My belly was pushing through my t-shirt. And I discovered these “rolly things” growing just outside of my lower back.

When the first edits for my Thyroid interviews came back, I was pretty disgusted to witness what I had done to myself.

Even worse, I was left to wonder if any viewers would notice that the typically lean Underground Wellness guy had become a chunkier version of himself.

Motivated to whip myself back into shape like never before, I got back to JERFing (Just Eating Real Food), hit the gym, and actually started using the yoga membership I had been paying for.

Yoga made a huge difference. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, I made sure I was in Marisa P’s introductory hot yoga class.


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5 Natural Tips
for Reducing Cellulite

Beautiful naked woman legs in a spa with a towel

by Samantha Gladish, RHN

Are you battling cellulite?

From topical creams, to liposuction and butt vibrators (yes, this actually exists!), there are many, and might I say, ineffective ways to reduce your cellulite.

Although these products and gadgets may seem like the way to go — the expensive way to go — they are temporary. Those cottage cheese thighs and orange peel skin will find a way to creep back up and potentially ruin your summer and your short-short shopping spree.

So can you get rid of cellulite?

That is the million-dollar question! Fortunately, you can dramatically reduce the appearance with some simple and effective tricks.

First off, what is cellulite?

Cellulite is simply fat deposits under the skin. The fat pushes up against connective tissue and causes a dimply-looking surface.

If you lose fat, and put on muscle mass, you can get rid of cellulite. Now I don’t expect every woman to run out to the gym and start prepping for a fitness show and training for a body building physique. But the truth of the matter is that women who have a lot of muscle mass and train regularly, have no cellulite.

This isn’t about building huge legs and a large butt, but changing your body composition. Tightening the skin and firming your “problem’ areas will get rid of cellulite. I encourage women to lift heavy weights and commit to hitting the gym regularly.

Being overweight doesn’t always imply that you have cellulite. Thin women have cellulite too! Diet, dehydration, lack of physical activity, hormonal changes; these can all influence how your skin looks, how much cellulite you will get and how visible it will be.

Aside from exercise and weight lifting, there are other ways to dramatically reducing the appearance of cellulite. Here’s my TOP 5 cellulite reducing tips: