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Do you suffer with bloating?

I had never experienced what it felt like to not be bloated until about 7-8 years ago. We’re talking about decades of bloating!

I tried to pinpoint what might be the culprit to this uncomfortable and embarrassing symptom. I started paying closer attention to what I was eating and then began implementing some new strategies. The moment came as I was putting on a pair of pants. The pants were not new but this time, things felt different. There was no struggle and no super snuggle. I just stood in the closet and felt a sense of huge accomplishment.

What I learned over the years was that there are several different reasons someone might be experiencing bloating after meals:

  • If you feel bloated after a meal with protein, you might be low in something called Hydrochloric Acid
  • If you feel bloated after a meal high in starches, you could be low in pancreatic enzymes.
  • If you feel bloated after a meal that has a lot of fat (good or bad, makes no difference) you could have gallbladder issues. (more on this topic soon)
  • There are some people that actually say they are bloated after every meal, regardless of what they eat. All foods cause issues. You might be looking at a case of what is known as Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO for short. More on this in a future post.
  • If your bloating is dependent on portion size, you could be looking at an issue with the Gut-Brain Axis.
  • Lastly, chronic constipation can lead to dysbiosis (imbalances in the microbiome) which can cause bloating.

To be honest, it can be tricky to determine which of these (or groups of these) could be the cause of your discomfort.

My first course of action would be to start journaling. I recommend including what you ate throughout the day, how you felt before and after each meal, snack or even fluid intake, consistency and frequency of your bowel movements, daily exercise, stress and any other symptoms you may have experienced throughout the day.

No fancy journals are needed (although if that motivates you, go for it). Just use a post it note or pad of paper, your calendar, even an app if you are technically inclined. Journaling can bring awareness to so many of our daily habits that we aren’t even thinking about and in turn, you could uncover some areas that might be causing your symptoms!

If after you have tried to pinpoint the culprit, you come up empty handed, give us a call! There is usually more to the story than meets the eye and we can guide you through the process of moving past your bloating once and for all. 



Constipation could be connect to thyroid function

No two cases of constipation are precisely the same. There are many potential underlying issues that could be at play with constipation. 

Interestingly enough, one of those underlying issues is unmanaged hypothyroidism. 

The contractions that move food through our digestive tract (aka Intestinal motility) are dependent upon thyroid hormones and therefore proper thyroid function. 

A lack of sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone negatively affects the time it takes for food to move through all the processes necessary to breakdown, extract nutrients and send out waste for elimination. This process is called transit time. 

Transit times slow with low thyroid, leaving us with a much greater chance of bacterial and yeast overgrowths as well as imbalances in the gut microbiome which is home to trillions of organisms that affect our health and wellness.

Even if you eat extraordinarily healthy, if you deal with chronic constipation where you reach for caffeine, laxatives, or magnesium (or even enemas) to maintain regular bowel movements, you would want to get your thyroid checked by a thyroid expert. This means someone that will run all the right tests and develop science backed strategies to get your thyroid functioning as it should. 

If you are dealing with constipation, reach out so we can help you uncover the type of constipation you have and build a plan to help you move past constipation and avoid future digestive issues.


What is Hydrochloric Acid?

The stomach has a unique environment where the pH is substantially different from anywhere else in the digestive tract. Stomach acid (Hydrochloric Acid or “HCl”) acts as a protective mechanism that helps to kill incoming pathogens that make their way into the body via food and fluids. 

This highly acidic environment requires a pH of between 1.5-2.5. When the pH drops below 3.0, it initiates the closure of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter – the valve between the stomach and esophagus), preventing the contents of the stomach from traveling back up the esophagus, which cannot tolerate the high acid contents of the stomach. Not producing enough stomach acid is much more common than over production and is, we now know, the main cause of heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. 

That said, HCl does so much more than simply protect us from pathogens. It plays other very important roles in digestive processes. 

HCl acts as a signaling agent for the release of bile and digestive enzymes. Bile emulsifies fats and digestive enzymes break down starches (plants and carbohydrates). HCl itself works to break down protein. Without proper HCl, we are left with ineffective breakdown of all three macronutrients (protein, fats and carbs). This leads to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Remember, the digestive system is responsible for providing nutrients to every cell in our bodies, it is the way we get energy to cells to perform the countless tasks they have every moment of our lives. Low stomach acid prevents cells from optimal performance, impacting our entire body. 

When we fail to properly break down food, we increase our risk of maldigestion and malabsorption, both of which leave us vulnerable to developing food reactions or sensitivities. When we encounter an increase in food reactions it means our immune system has been involved in tagging food proteins as foreign which is the beginning of a whole host of issues including chronic inflammation and the potential for developing autoimmune disease. 

Aside from food reactions, low stomach acid also contributes to an inability to properly sterilize the small intestines which can lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (more on SIBO in another post). This altered pH status in the stomach also negatively affects the large intestinal environment which is home to trillions of bacteria, allowing for limits in microbiome diversity and the overgrowth of organisms in the large intestines. (check out more about the microbiome now). 

Hypochlorhydria is the clinical term for low stomach acid, an under-researched and dangerous condition. Every time you take antacids, H2 blockers or PPIs, you are contributing more to this problem (which may be one reason you develop heartburn in the first place). 

As you can see, what might seem like a simple issue at the top of the digestive tract can snowball into a much larger, systemic issue if left unchecked. 


Helicobactor Pylori – a pesky stomach bacteria you should know about

Helicobacter Pylori or H. Pylori is a type of gram-negative bacteria that can cause serious issues in the stomach.

How does someone develop a H. pylori infection?

It can be passed from person to person living in the same household through saliva, vomit or fecal matter. Or, you can be infected by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food.

Wondering what the signs and symptoms of a H. pylori infection are? Let’s take a look:

  • Burning in the stomach or a stomachache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain that gets worse when you don’t eat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn and acid reflux

Health concerns with H. pylori you should know about:

Aside from symptoms listed above, (which, by the way, are not common for many people. In fact, some people are asymptomatic and don’t realize that it could eventually cause other health issues) an H. pylori infection can cause considerable health issues.

  • It can suppress our parietal cells which release Hydrochloric Acid (HCL). Reducing HCL can lead to iron, B12 and calcium malabsorption, contributing to anemia, malnutrition and osteoporosis.
  • Additionally, low HCL can reduce diversity in our microbiomes and eventually contribute to Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.
  • If that isn’t enough, it can also lead to increased risk of cancer, autoimmunity, gastritis, type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

How to determine if you have H. pylori

Anytime you have recurring stomach pain or digestive issues, you would want to reach out to a trusted practitioner. There are different ways of assessing whether or not you have contracted H. pylori.

A blood test can be run to see if you are producing antibodies for H. pylori. Honestly, this is the least effective option but can still be useful for starters.

You can speak with your GI Specialist about an upper endoscopy. This is a procedure that requires light sedation. They thread a long, flexible tube with a camera through the upper part of your digestive tract, down into your stomach where H. pylori can be found. They are able to visually see any inflammation and also take biopsy samples to test.

If you do have an H. pylori infection, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics. If you don’t want to go that route, there are botanical protocols that can serve the same purpose. Creating an environment that H. pylori finds it difficult to thrive in by working with a practitioner who can help determine your levels of HCL and the right supplemental dose for your body is really important as well.

In our opinion, the best option is a comprehensive stool test that can detect proteins associated with an infection related to H. pylori. It is very reliable, and not only detects the bacteria but also quantifies it. All stool tests are not created equally by the way. We only run gold standard stool tests. 

One thing that is sometimes helpful for people experiencing the symptoms above, is to reduce your intake of spicy foods, alcohol and caffeinated beverages like sodas, coffee, and some teas. This can help ease symptoms if you have any. That said, this is not the fix, it is only a means to relieve symptoms that are really trying to tell you that something needs your attention. Heed the warnings. 

Eating small meals more frequently can also be beneficial if you experience stomach pain or burning when you haven’t eaten.

If you have unexplained upper GI issues, reach out and let’s chat!


Acid Reflux? Heartburn? GERD?

Roughly 1/3 of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from acid reflux. That’s a lot of unhappy people!

If you are one of them, you have almost certainly been prescribed a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Prilosec and Nexium are two PPI brands you might recognize. A PPI is used to reduce the amount of hydrochloric acid (HCL), sometimes called stomach acid.

The acid reflux, heartburn and/or indigestion you experience could mean your HCL is too high. But, it’s more likely that your HCL is too low.

Let’s take a step back real quick.

What does HCL even do in the body?

  • It helps break down, digest, and absorb nutrients. 
  • It serves as a first line of defense against incoming pathogens.
  • Creates a sterile environment for the gut.
  • Changes the pH balance in the digestive tract.
  • Impacts microbiome diversity.

What are some of the causes of low HCL?

 If you are over the age of 65, that could be a major contributing factor as HCL gradually decreases over our lifespan. Other reasons include things like chronic inflammation in the gut, gluten sensitivity, stress, thyroid issues, diet, and medications. One of the more common reasons is a Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) infection. I will be speaking about this pesky bacteria soon.

How do you know if your HCL is high or low?

If you find that your acid reflux symptoms are not subsiding and you reach for acid blockers frequently, it’s a strong indication that you probably are not producing sufficient hydrochloric acid and it would be wise to supplement with HCL. That said, if you decide to take HCI and feel discomfort,  you could actually have stomach inflammation or even ulcers caused by an H. Pylori bacterial infection.

We all have low levels of H. Pylori but nearly 50% of Americans have an over abundance of H. Pylori. It is wise, if you have these issues, to run a comprehensive stool test and have it interpreted by someone trained to do so. We can help out if you are interested.

As a side note, if you have indigestion but not necessarily acid reflux, it may be due to gallbladder sludge. There will be more to come on the gallbladder soon! 

Regardless of high or low HCL or gallbladder sludge, it is imperative to get to the bottom of your acid reflux, indigestion or heartburn once and for all. Acid blockers are not long term solutions and can actually do more harm than good. 

Comprehensive blood work and stool testing helps us better understand the causes of your acid reflux. It’s best to test and not guess. 


The Amazing Digestive System

Most of us don’t think much about the digestive system unless we are hungry or have a digestive issue. If you suffer from digestive woes, you might be interested in knowing why digestion is so important for our overall health and what it is responsible for. Might seem obvious but I promise you, it’s not.

Digestion is so much more than simply providing a means to end hunger. The food we consume provides nutrients to our cells so the body is well equipped to perform all the tasks that sustain us each and every day.

But that’s only the beginning of the story. There are so many really cool things about the digestive system that anyone suffering should really know about if they want to heal.

Did you know that digestion actually begins in the brain?

When you smell that movie theater popcorn or you see a huge billboard with a juicy cheeseburger and crispy fries, that’s when we start to salivate, and our digestive system revs up. In fact, just thinking about food can get the digestive system going!

Just a cool fact most of us weren’t taught in school.

So, why is digestion such a big deal when it comes to our overall health?

The digestive system is responsible for:

  1. It serves as a transportation highway for ingested food to move through the entire digestive system. There are stops along the way that I will be discussing soon. Be on the lookout, it’s actually pretty fascinating.
  2. It chemically and mechanically breaks down food
  3. It extracts and absorbs nutrients
  4. It is home to roughly 70% of our immune system and provides a huge immune barrier for antigens coming into the body
  5. Helps remove waste from the body
  6. It activates hormones
  7. Communicates with the central nervous system – our guts are literally connected to the brain! 
  8. It helps maintain balance in our microbiome

That’s a lot of work and coordination!

As you can see, our digestive systems are incredibly important. And I am just scratching the surface.

If anything along the pathway is not functioning properly, that’s when we begin to experience unpleasant symptoms.

Symptoms are the body’s way of communicating with us. Ignoring those messages is risky and can not only cause us to feel bad but could lead to bigger problems down the road. 

There are a whole host of symptoms associated with dysfunction in the digestive system. Just to name a few (but there are many others):

  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Abdominal cramping or pain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Skin issues like hives, psoriasis or atopic dermatitis
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Food sensitivities
  • Bloating and gas

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you are almost certainly dealing with digestive dysfunction. We can help. Reach out and schedule an appointment with us so we can help prevent further issues and we can help you get back to feeling great again.  


Glutathione – our master antioxidant

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant. It protects our cells from damage and is a powerful agent in helping manage inflammation and tissue destruction. Making sure your glutathione status is strong and reducing glutathione depletion can play a profound role in immune resilience to viruses and in managing autoimmune disease, inflammation, chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities, and other chronic health issues.

Unfortunately, we are prone to depletion of glutathione from:

  • Medications
  • Chronic stress and anxiety
  • Environmental toxins
  • Unhealthy diets
  • Inflammation
  • Alcohol
  • Aging
  • And more

Unlike most antioxidants that come from food sources, glutathione is made in house by the liver. There are some foods that help boost production of glutathione by providing us with some of the building blocks that are needed to make it. Almost everyone can benefit from an extra dose of glutathione so here are some veggies to choose from:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bok choy
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Okra

Dietary changes are amazing but as I pointed out, the stress culture we live in and the chemicals in the air, on our food and in household and beauty products, leave us depleted of glutathione over time. Insufficient glutathione can leave us unprotected and contribute to declining health.

Supplementing with Glutathione can be very beneficial.

How to supplement with Glutathione

Intravenous (IV Therapy):

This is a pretty popular method that is highly effective. Glutathione is not easily absorbed in the digestive tract and IV completely skips the digestive tract and gets Glutathione directly into the bloodstream. Dosing is easiest with IV therapy. Most of our patients love adding Glutathione to their IV therapy regime.

To book an IV, give us a call today or click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to find a time that works for you.

S-acetyl glutathione:

This is a newer and more accessible form of glutathione that the intestinal tract can efficiently absorb. S-acetyl glutathione may be effective in helping manage autoimmune disease.

This is the only oral glutathione I personally prefer. It has both bioactive glutathione (GSH) and glutathione recycling precursors. Hold tight, we will get to the business of recycling shortly. All brands are not created equally. Feel free to get in touch with us if you want to discuss this further.

Liposomal cream:

This is used as a topical cream on localized areas. If you have pain or inflammation in a particular area, just apply the cream directly on top of the area for relief. Consider using it on joints for joint pain or even directly on the thyroid if you have Hashimoto’s.

Glutathione recycling? Yep, it’s really a thing. 

As important as glutathione is, when we supplement, it helps raise levels outside the cells. It is equally important that we are able to push available glutathione inside of the cells where our mitochondria live. Mitochondria use glutathione as their main antioxidant that converts all that food we eat into pure energy. This is where glutathione recycling comes in.

Glutathione recycling is different than glutathione. It actually takes existing glutathione and reuses it. We support this process with certain glutathione precursors such as selenium, N-acetyl L-cysteine, and standardized extracts of cordyceps and gotu kola that help raise levels of glutathione inside the cells.

This is especially important for anyone with an autoimmune disease because the degenerative process of autoimmune disease destroys the mitochondria in affected cells, such as the large intestines in Ulcerative Colitis.

So, be sure to supplement with both glutathione and a glutathione recycler for the full health benefits.

Reach out to find out more about how you could be protecting yourself from future health issues or if you are dealing with health concerns currently!


Meet Cecili, our Gut Health and Autoimmunity Expert

Hi, Cecili here from Fit Logic Functional Medicine. I am so excited to let everyone know that I have officially joined the team here at FLFM full time! I figured now was the perfect time to share my personal health story with everyone.

Eventually, I was diagnosed with IBD – Ulcerative Colitis. I was told I would need to take medication “forever” and that “40 years of research has never uncovered a connection between food and IBD.” My only option was to take the medication for the rest of my life.

It was a time in my life that was full of fear and “the unknown”. That might have  swayed me into taking this seemingly magic pill that I had been prescribed. But  that’s not my style.

I decided to do some research. I had never eaten well so I started with diet. It took me  months and months to determine how to eat for my body and this incurable disease. Once I  figured it out, all my symptoms subsided. I knew diet was only one piece of the puzzle, so I  began working on childhood trauma, all my fears and my negative mindset (and so much  more). The outcome was amazing. Now I know that (most of the time) if you treat your  body well, it responds in a beautiful way!

I was determined to not give up, and really it was never an option, I have three kids and a  husband that I want to enjoy every moment with to the fullest. As I thought about my journey,  I  also thought about how other people with serious digestive issues likely needed hope and  inspiration.

I knew there were hundreds of thousands of others that were having very similar  experiences. Leaving their doctor’s office in a state of fear and feeling powerless. I decided that I desperately wanted to help others  understand the power of their choices, the power of the body and most importantly, that they have more control over their health outcomes  than they are being led to believe.

I chose to go back to school to become a Nutritionist and have continued to pursue every opportunity to learn and grow in my field of gut  health and autoimmunity ever since. I use my passion and my in-depth education to provide my clients with a comprehensive  wellness plan, working hard to leave no detail left unchecked. It truly is a holistic approach to helping people resolve their long-  term health issues once and for all.

The absolute best part about my job is that I get to see people completely transform their health, return to living the life  they desire and it’s all because they chose to use their power in such a brave and positive way. I get to meet superheroes  all the time!


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