Micronutrients: The Gut Barrier and Malabsorption

The small intestine and large intestine are where the majority of vitamins, minerals, and other important micronutrients are absorbed after a meal. The health of your intestinal cells and the protective coating above them called the mucosa directly impacts how efficiently you digest and absorb nutrients from your food and supplements. If you have been…

Lyme Disease: A nationwide concern

Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by ticks. The infected tick bites a host (in this case a human) and transmits an infectious microorganism, Borrelia burgdorferi, to the host and causes highly inflammatory symptoms, which altogether are classified as Lyme disease. Common symptoms of Lyme disease include: Fever and/or chills Headache Bell’s palsy Neck stiffness…

Dairy Sensitivity and Autoimmunity: What’s the Connection?

Kefir. Homemade yogurt. Ghee. Have you heard of these referred to as healthy alternatives to conventional dairy? Some experts in the nutrition world commonly suggest that the best dairy products are sourced from raw, unpasteurized, grass-fed, organic sources. But should we consume dairy once we outgrow our childhood? Or should we consume dairy at all?…

What Is the Gut Microbiome? Why Is It Important to Your Health?

What is a gut microbiome? The gut microbiome refers to the population of microbes that lives in your intestine. It contains trillions of microorganisms, including a minimum of 1,000 different kinds of bacteria and more than three million genes. But in any given individual, only 150 to 179 bacterial species dominate. The human microbiome is…

Autism and the Gut Microbiome

April is Autism Awareness month, and while a great deal of scientific evidence in this field remains to be elucidated, an undeniable connection between gut health and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has already emerged. Digestive Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders It is well-known that children with autism experience significantly more GI symptoms than healthy controls….