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Digestive Health

February 28, 2019

Keto Diet: Fad or Not so Bad?

By: Dr. Lisa Metzgar: Over the decades there has always been a fad diet that everyone gets excited about to lose weight. My question is how do these diets benefit or harm our health. In the 70’s we adopted a low fat diet and it turns out that it was...

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November 2, 2018

Can you help improve acne by focusing on your gut?

By Dr. Lisa Metzgar: I have discussed in past articles that there is a direct link between our gut and our brain. Our gut flora can have a big impact on our emotional state and how we deal with stress. And we also know that stress may cause skin issues...

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August 29, 2018

Best Healthy Fat for Your Keto Diet and Gut

By: Dr. Lisa Metzgar: I love that healthy fats have come into the spotlight with the popularity of the ketogenic diet. One of my favorite healthy fats is avocado, and I eat them on almost a daily basis. They are so versatile and it turns out they may also be...

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July 6, 2018

How Fast Food Destroys Your Gut Microbiome

By Dr. Lisa Metzgar, PhD: Fast food seems to be a mainstay of our western diet. We are so busy that we grab cheap food on the go. Marketing makes the food enticing for adults and children by referring to them as “happy meals”. As a parent, I have even...

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June 1, 2018

9 Tips to Naturally Reduce Bloating

Belly bloat is not only uncomfortable but also keeps us from having that flat belly we all want. With just a few changes in our health habits we can help reduce the bloat and feel better. One of the biggest culprits of belly bloat is an overgrowth of bacteria in...

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April 30, 2018

How the Skin Microbiome Affects the Immune System

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It not only protects your body from pathogens, but a very diverse group of bacteria1 called your skin microbiome also live on it. The health of your skin microbiome is just as important as your gut microbiome in keeping you healthy....

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December 20, 2017

What is Kefir?

Dr. Lisa Metzgar: Kefir is a yogurt-like drink that can be made from diary or other non-dairy options like coconut milk, or nut milks. It is a fermented drink that is an excellent source of probiotics providing sometimes 3 times more gut friendly bacteria than yogurt. Kefir starts with little...

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October 16, 2017

Let's all eat dirt?!?

By Dr. Lisa Metzgar, PhD: We live in an age of over sanitation, especially when it comes to our children. We use antibacterial soaps and don’t expose our children to necessary bacteria that help to build their immune systems. "According to this "hygiene hypothesis,'' the human immune system evolved two...

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July 31, 2017

Oatmeal, the superhero of all breakfasts?

By Dr. Lisa Metzgar, PhD: One of the most common questions I get from my clients is “what can I eat for breakfast besides eggs?” Everyone is on the high protein kick these days and carbs have gotten a bad rap, even healthy carbs. The fact is that some carbs...

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June 22, 2017

5 Tasty Dips and Dressings that Boost Your Gut Health

Adding healthy dips and dressings are a great and tasty way to help benefit your gut bacteria. I find it is much easier to eat healthy when you have great recipes. Here are some easy recipes to help improve gut health and make your meals more interesting. Yogurt is a...

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