We’re sharing some eye opening truths surrounding women’s gut health. 👩🏻‍⚕️🌿

1. Many women feel guilty about their gut issues and ultimately go undiagnosed. When they feel bloated or constipated, they typically blame it on something they’ve eaten. Dr. Ellen Vora shares, “Women tend to blame themselves for just about everything. We may think to ourselves: ‘I didn’t eat cleanly enough, so now I pay the price.’” This ongoing problem highlights the lack of conversation surrounding digestive issues.

2. Gut problems aren’t limited to your digestive system. Dr. Ellen Vora explains, “We think that if we have bloating or diarrhea, it means our gut is unhealthy, but we fail to recognize that it has profound downstream ramifications for our health. That dysfunction is not limited to your gut, but in fact impacts your mental health, your hormones, your period, your skin, your joints, your energy, your immunity, your risk of developing an autoimmune disease, and just about everything else.”

3. Women’s microbiomes are different than men’s. “For one thing, women’s gut microbiomes shift with our cycles,” Dr. Ellen Vora explains. In addition, your gut flora is impacted by female-focused products including makeup, perfume, and birth control, and it can also be affected by female-specific life events such as pregnancy. Bottom line: Your gut-health issues aren’t just about what you eat and do for your body. There are many factors—that are often out of your hands—affecting your flora.

Sourced from: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/womens-gut-health-renew-life/

What’s Trending – #Bitters 🥒
Bitter foods such as asparagus, cucumbers, grapefruit, and cacao are growing with popularity this year. Nutritional experts share that bitter foods help detox your GI tract and love on your liver. They clean toxic, sluggish bile which helps aid in digestion and gets your thyroid back on track to jump-start overall health.

Low FODMAP Bruschetta Omelette 🍳🍅

Enjoy a low FODMAP bruschetta omelette for breakfast with fresh vegetables and herbs.

Ingredients:
-2 roma tomatoes (diced)
-1 tbsp olive oil
-Salt and pepper (to taste)
-6 fresh basil leaves (torn)
-2 tbsp aged cheddar cheese (crumbled)
-4 large eggs
-2 tbsp butter

Instructions:
Mix tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
Add eggs to a mixing bowl and gently stir with a fork so that the yolks blend.
Warm a frying pan on medium heat and add 1 tbsp butter.
Add 1/2 cup of eggs and shuffle it back and forth so the eggs evenly coat the pan.
Swish the top liquid egg portion around while cooking to ensure eggs cook through.
Once almost fully cooked, add basil, cheese, and 1/2 cup of bruschetta mixture to center of eggs.
Gently fold over one side and slide the omelette onto your plate.
Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Enjoy!

Signs Of SIBO You May Be Ignoring🌱

As most of you know, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth can mimic other digestive issues. Common symptoms of SIBO (that can often lead to a misdiagnosis, such as IBS) include:

1. Bloating and gas
2. Diarrhea
3. Stomach and abdominal pain
4. Fatigue
5. Strange bowel movements
6. Vitamin deficiency

Ask your doctor or Naturopathic Physician about getting tested for SIBO with a Hydrogen Methane Breath Test Kit. Check out our website for more information!

What’s Trending – Probiotics Market Growth in Coming Years👨🏼‍⚕️💊

With the rising growth and awareness surrounding digestive issues (such as SIBO and IBS), the market for nutritional supplements is also on the rise. Probiotics provide numerous health benefits, particularly for the digestive tract. Products including yogurt, fermented foods, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut naturally contain probiotics. There’s a rapid increase in demand for these products as the probiotic market is expected to continually grow. This rising production scale poses growth for companies in the food and beverage industry including Nestle and PharmaCare Laboratories. Companies are launching products such as probiotic juice and chocolate bars. Probiotics can balance gut microflora, treat diarrhea, improve mental health, reduce allergies, and prevent digestive disorders.

Sourced from: The Guardian