Tag Archives: Digestion

Hit the Reset Button, Baby! Your Guide to Cleansing

October 2, 2015

I never used to be a fan of cleansing (see I’m Not a Big Fan of Cleansing. Here’s Why I Did One Anyway). It’s so harsh on your body and it’s such an American way to do things (“I’m going to eat however I want but one week a year I’m going to purge”). Super not holistic. But after doing a couple of cleanses—and even convincing my husband to do

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Five Tips for A Beach-Ready Body

July 12, 2015

So, if you’re planning a trip to a tropical locale, you might be thinking about hitting the gym a few extra times, or at least holding up your bathing suit and wondering how you might wedge yourself into it. And my guess is you don’t have a whole ton of time to make that happen. Or maybe you just want to make sure you’re looking your best. Nothing wrong with

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The Best Time to Indulge

August 15, 2014

So after all this digestive fire talk, I wanted to talk a little bit about everyone’s favorite topic: When is the optimal time to indulge. There are so, so, so, so many different opinions on what size meals we should be eating and what time of day is best to eat the biggest meal. There’s a phrase out there that goes something like “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like

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Balancing Your Digestive Fire

August 13, 2014

As we talked about on Monday, we want make sure our digestive fire is burning just right. Like Goldilocks, it can’t be too hot or too cold—and if you keep it roaring appropriately, you’ll have the best possible digestion and a strong metabolism. Low Digestive Fire If your digestive fire is burning too low, you can’t digest your food or break it down the way you need to, which means

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Your Digestive Fire: Why 100 is the Magic Number

August 11, 2014

In Chinese medicine, we think of digestion as a soup pot cooking over the fire, and the fire has to be burning juuuust right. It can’t be too strong, or foods will cook too quickly and you will feel hungry quickly. We also don’t want it to burn too low, because food will sit in your stomach too long and won’t turn into energy you need, leading to slow metabolism

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7 Myths About Food Therapy

August 6, 2014

Think you have a reason not to try food therapy? I bet I can change your mind. Behold, seven common myths and my rebuttals: If you implement food therapy, you’ll have to give up foods you love. That is absolutely not true. I actually find that many times people eat in tune with their bodies—sometimes foods you love make you feel good, and that’s why you’re eating them. I will

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Three Home Remedies to Ease Acid Reflux

June 13, 2014

OK, so—you may be struck with a case of heartburn or reflux and can’t get to the clinic. Or you need more instant relief. Or you may need to supplement ’til you’re feeling tip-top. Here are three tried-and-true home remedies for you! Raw Celery This is my absolute favorite. Raw celery is so fantastic. I eat two to three stalks of it when heartburn strikes, and it really takes care

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The Battle of Cold vs. the Spleen

April 30, 2014

Myth or reality: Going out in the cold can cause IBS. Sometimes you hear this and it’s brushed off as an Old Wives’ Tale: I was in the cold wind and it caused a cold. I drank too much cold water and it caused a headache. Or maybe sleeping on a cold floor caused a stiff neck. People have asked me if this is really possible. I’m here to tell

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The Battle of the Liver vs. the Spleen

April 28, 2014

Welcome to our last week of exclusively-IBS coverage. As April winds down, I wanted to spend this week talking a bit about the cool diagnoses that help us resolve your IBS woes. Today, it’s the rather war-like Liver Invading the Spleen. And if you’ve ever experienced it, it might feel like your gut is loaded with smart bombs and guerilla warfare. Are you at war with yourself? Because Liver Invading

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Six Patterns of IBS, According to Chinese Medicine

April 23, 2014

On Monday we talked about IBS symptoms: They can be embarrassing to discuss, they can be painful and/or debilitating, they can seriously infringe on your enjoyment of eating, and they can be isolating. But we can fix that! It’s what I do best here at the clinic—all things digestive health-related. Oftentimes, people who have IBS are super in-tune with their bowels. They tend to celebrate movements they have or don’t

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IBS: Banishing Bloating, Part II

April 16, 2014

On Monday, we talked about a type of bloating that only seems to relieve itself with pressure and rest, even if the doctor has told you that you need to get up and move. Hopefully you’re feeling relief just from hearing that you aren’t crazy and you’re actually doing the intuitive thing your gut wants you to do! And now you know that we can ease those symptoms and heal

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IBS Continued: Banishing Bloat and Stomach Pain

April 14, 2014

Bloating is one of the most uncomfortable symptoms people can have with IBS. It’s probably the number-one thing that brings people into my clinic, because they’re so fed up and nothing seems to be working for them.  This is more than just the garden-variety bit of bloat you might get after a huge or rich meal or drinking a can of pop. This is chronic bloating that comes with sharp

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Evaluating, Diagnosing, and Treating IBS the Chinese Medicine Way

April 9, 2014

You’re probably starting to get the hint that Chinese medicine is far superior to Western medicine when it comes to the treatment of IBS, right? Western medicine just doesn’t have the tools and techniques to reverse IBS fully, like Chinese Medicine does. I wanted to talk a bit about what that looks like! Ultimately, we’re looking at how your digestion and Qi is working, and then fix it. We diagnose

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An Overview of IBS: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and What We Can Do About It

April 7, 2014

Oh, Irritable Bowel Syndrome: You are SUCH a pain. Literally. IBS is one of the most difficult things to treat in Western medicine, because it’s considered a “functional disease”; that is, there’s nothing physically or anatomically wrong with you, it’s just that your digestion is not functioning the way that it should. It’s IBS Awareness Month, and last week we took you through a classic patient profile of an IBS

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Patient Profile: Diagnosing and Healing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

April 2, 2014

In our previous post, we learned a bit about my patient, Caroline, and her frustrating—but classic—case of IBS. Today, I want to talk a bit about how we diagnosed and treated her IBS and share some follow-up feedback from her about how it’s going! Caroline has a classic, straightforward case of IBS. She complained about a cycle where she’d get constipated, then have a bout with loose stools several times

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