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Does Stress Cause Digestive Problems?

Does Stress Cause Digestive Problems?

Most of us can probably guess that stress affects the body negatively – but how does it affect the gut?
The Gut-Brain Axis

Changes in our mental state, like feeling scared or nervous, can lead to problems in the gut. Ever had to do a big presentation or take an important test and experienced heartburn or diarrhea as a result? That’s the brain and the gut in communication. This goes the other way too. Changes in our gut microbiota and changes in our intestinal permeability can affect our mental state, causing depression and anxiety. (1) These bidirectional signals going from the gut to the brain and vice versa can either keep us healthy or they can cause a great deal of discomfort.

It is vital to deal with any significant health issues that affect either the brain or the gut, but it’s important to note that neither will truly heal if you don’t also focus on the other. If you have a parasite and you treat it without dealing with your chronic stress, you leave yourself open to reinfection or sometimes, your body simply won’t be able to get rid of the parasite because of the chronic stress.

PODCAST: Women’s Health and the Female Athlete Triad with Kate Callaghan, RD

PODCAST: Women's Health and the Female Athlete Triad with Kate Callaghan, RD

Click through to hear Laura and I talk with Kate Callaghan about all things women’s health:

  • What the Female Athlete Triad and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea are and what causes these problems
  • Health consequences of the Female Athlete Triad, both short and long term
  • Common mistakes with going low carb Paleo that can contribute to hormonal issues
  • How to recover from this common condition using nutrition, activity, and lifestyle change

What Can You Do About Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)?

What Can You Do About Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)?

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Blood sugar regulation is process that is carefully balanced by our bodies.

We break down food to produce glucose and this is used by our cells for energy. Insulin, a hormone, acts as a key to open the door into the cell and allow glucose inside. If our blood sugar goes too low, another hormone called glucagon is released, which allows us to break down a stored form of glucose called glycogen. The process works much like a thermostat – when blood sugar is high, insulin is released to allow it to enter the cells; when it’s too low, glucagon is secreted to release stored glucose. Both high and low glucose can be dangerous, which is why our body works so hard to keep our levels in balance.

Today, I’m going to share my top tips for dealing with low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

Prolonged low blood sugar can cause serious medical problems, including seizure, coma, and even death. But the symptoms of a shortened period of low blood sugar can be more subtle.

It’s quite common for someone with hypoglycemia to not know it, and the symptoms are sometimes attributed to anxiety or panic attacks.

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PODCAST: Recommendations for SIBO and “Paleo” Alcohol Choices

Thanks for joining us for our fourth episode of The Ancestral RD podcast!  This is definitely a longer episode today, so buckle up and get ready for nearly an hour of Ancestral RD goodness! If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!

Remember, if you’d like to submit a question for our new podcast, or suggest a guest that we should host, CLICK HERE.

Here’s what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode:

  1. Are there any special instructions for the getting started with a Paleo diet for someone with SIBO?
  2. What are the most “Paleo” alcohol choices I can drink? (36:40)

CLICK HERE to listen to Episode #4!

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PODCAST: Choosing a Prebiotic and Grains Recommended During Pregnancy

PODCAST: Choosing a Prebiotic and Grains Recommended During Pregnancy

Thanks for joining us for our third episode of The Ancestral RD podcast!  We’ve got a lot of great questions to choose from so thanks for submitting them! If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!

Remember, if you’d like to submit a question for our new podcast, or suggest a guest that we should host, CLICK HERE.

Here’s what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode:

  1. My question is on prebiotics and soluble fiber. I often hear Acacia fiber recommended for gut health as it can feed good bacteria. But doesnt this also feed bad bacteria too? I have noticed prebiotics being sold in the store but I just dont get how it can help if its also promoting bad bacteria growth. I thought any kind of soluble fibre/prebiotic will help both the good and bad. And if we have Bad bacteria overgrowth, don’t we want to reduce it by starving them off?
  2. I have problems with grains, and have been doing well on the GAPS diet. However, I’m also pregnant, and most recommendations for pregnant women include several servings of grains.
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PODCAST: Switching to High Carb and Healing Leaky Gut

PODCAST: Switching to High Carb and Healing Leaky Gut

Thanks for joining us for our second episode of The Ancestral RD podcast! We’re planning to publish every two weeks and will hopefully nail down a consistent day of the week to publish once we determine a schedule for production. If you want to keep up with our podcasts,subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!

Remember, if you’d like to submit a question for our new podcast, or suggest a guest that we should host, CLICK HERE.

Here’s what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode:

  1. Due to crazy GI distress from paleo, is there any reason a plant-based, carb heavy diet might be unhealthy long term?
  2. Can leaky gut really be healed without expensive supplements? Seems a lot of health issues track back to that, and hope would be appreciated…

CLICK HERE to listen to Episode #2!

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PODCAST: Sweet Potato Intolerance and Multivitamin Dangers

PODCAST: Sweet Potato Intolerance and Multivitamin Dangers

We are so excited to finally be hosting our very own podcast, and we can’t wait to answer all your burning questions about nutrition and ancestral health.

If you’d like to submit a question for our new podcast, or suggest a guest that we should host, CLICK HERE.

Here’s what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode:

1. I’ve eaten sweet potatoes twice now and both times I’ve reacted poorly. My gut feels irritated and I go to the bathroom shortly afterwards. Any idea why this might be happening? I can tolerate regular potatoes with no problem.

2. Do I need to take a multivitamin? Are they healthy or harmful?

 CLICK HERE to listen to the episode!

Healthy Eating 101: The Rule of Thirds

Healthy Eating 101: The Rule of Thirds

I think that eating well should be dead simple. It shouldn’t require measuring things on a scale or counting calories or breaking out the TI-83, right?

That’s why I tell my clients to follow the Rule Of Thirds for their meals – it’s easy to understand and it’s simple.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes a plate-model (and I’ll admit that I think showing folks their food on a plate makes it much easier to understand), but I don’t like theirs. While it’s certainly better than the old pyramid I still think we can do a lot better! The Rule of Thirds is my version.

So here’s how it works:

Think about your plate sitting in front of you and break it into three sections. The sections are as follows:

Protein- beef, lamb, chicken, fish, etc (1)

1. Protein – This includes beef, chicken, lamb, pork, duck, fish, shellfish, etc. As much as possible, try to purchase humanely-raised grass-fed, pastured, organic, etc. Quality is key here!

2. Vegetables – any and all veggies, excluding only starchy vegetables which are included in the carbohydrates section.

Join the Fermented For 14 Challenge!

Join the Fermented For 14 Challenge!

I’m getting so excited for the Fermented For 14 Challenge to start! I’m ALWAYS encouraging my clients to eat more fermented foods and trying to do it myself, too. Personally, I find it hard to stay in the habit of making and eating fermented foods all the time, despite knowing how good it is for me! I wanted to challenge myself to be better about it and thought – what better way to get myself motivated to do it than to invite EVERYONE to do it with me? Thus, the Fermented For 14 Challenge was born!

I love real food. And I love thinking about what healthy, real foods I should add to my diet rather than what I should subtract. While there are certainly foods that we should consume less, I think there’s never enough talk about the great things we should be adding to our diets! I don’t like my clients to get in the mindset of restricting and subtraction; rather, I’d prefer them to focus on all the good food options they have available to them at any given time. It makes it more fun, right?

So this challenge is about adding to our diet.

Dining Out While Traveling

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If you didn’t already know, I spent two weeks in Italy during the month of May! We were in Venice, Rome, Cinque Terre, and Florence in that time, so it was certainly a fast-paced, whirlwind trip but I enjoyed every second of it. And the food…it was incredible. I’ll be honest, though – I didn’t stick to a Paleo diet while I was away (not even close). But, I don’t have any serious food sensitivities or allergies, so it was a decision I made for myself that I was (and am) happy with. Despite the fact that I ate my fair share of gluten, I think you could easily stick to a Paleo diet (even in Italy!), so I wanted to share my top three tips with you on how to do so. Even if you don’t have food sensitivities, I think these are good practices to follow when traveling and eating!

1. Learn some Italian!

Wherever you travel, I think it’s common courtesy to try to pick up a few phrases like “hello”, “please”, “thank you”, etc. I went beyond this and spent a few minutes a day for a month or so before my trip using an app called Duolingo to learn more about the language.