Acid reflux, resulting in heartburn, is incredibly common these days. In fact, as many as 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. So if you’re no stranger to some mad, fiery reflux—you are not alone! And, the great news is, there are ways to prevent and treat heartburn that have nothing to do with medications like PPIs or our old friend Pepto.
While autoimmune diseases are common these days, they’re also commonly misunderstood. Their symptoms can sometimes masquerade as other conditions, making them harder to diagnose. And while treating autoimmunity with immune-suppressing drugs is sometimes helpful and necessary, often these treatments merely address the symptoms, not the root cause of autoimmunity. Because the truth is, autoimmunity can be managed and even reversed (yes!) by using nutrition and other lifestyle changes.
“Your gut and your emotions are a two-way street.”
– From the film Food Matters
I am sure you have experienced this interplay at some point in your life…butterflies before going out with your crush, uncomfortable bowels (read: diarrhea) before you had to give that uber-important presentation at work, upset stomach when you are feeling stressed or anxious…
This is our brain talking to our guts.
“All disease begins in the gut.”
Turns out, he wasn’t just being a dramatic…this is spot on.
This month, in the spirit of all the creepy, crawly, gross things that take center stage this time of year, I am focusing on gut health, in general, and all the [read: trillions of awesome] creepy, crawly bacteria that live in our digestive system.