Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Healthy Digestion Issue! Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
June 2009


June is here and Boulder is encased in a shroud of green! Last night we had our first salad of the season straight from the garden! The weather as I write this is very cool, cloudy and Seattle-like. The rainy weather fosters introspection and assimilation, apt metaphors for digestion. Not only do we digest our food and drink, but we digest and assimilate our surroundings as well.

Many things can impede healthy digestion. An imbalance in the gut flora, eating foods one is allergic or intolerant to, stress, leaky gut syndrome to name just a few.

While allopathic medicine is great for heroic measures, it is not so great for chronic disease. Many imbalances of the GI tract are much better served through natural medicine. I hope this is informative reading and enjoy June, one of my favorite months of the year!

in this issue
Supporting a Healthy Digestion Leaky Gut Syndrome Explained Probiotics How Identifying and Treating Food Allergies May Help Your Digestive Problems Mache Recipes

Leaky Gut Syndrome Explained

Leaky Gut Syndrome, a diagnostic entity is a gastronomical disorder. It is the disorder that is very famous in most of the branches of alternative medicines and is characterized by increased permeability of intestinal lining, hence rightly called as 'Leaky Gut.' To understand leaky Gut Syndrome, it is of utmost importance that we should take a look at the anatomy and physiology of our intestine. From Buzzle.com


Probiotics are dietary supplements of live bacteria or yeasts thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: 'Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host'. From Wikipedia

How Identifying and Treating Food Allergies May Help Your Digestive Problems

Food allergies can cause digestive problems. It's that simple. For people who don't have allergies, this is not an issue. For those who do, it's a big deal.

In addition, some people have delayed allergic responses that doctors now call food sensitivities, and they are even more difficult to detect. As a result, people can go through their entire lives with an allergy, unaware that it's causing them chronic problems. From Revolution Health

Mache Recipes

Mache is an heirloom ancient green from Europe. While it has become more popular recently due to its bitter /spicy flavor, it is still relatively unknown outside of "foodie" circles. I hope to spread the joy of mache and boost your nutrition this summer. Due to its bitter quality, it aids digestion by naturally enhancing the secretion of your own digestive enzymes while also adding fiber and antioxidants to your diet. Enjoy!

Supporting a Healthy Digestion

Since I firmly believe that good nutrition is the bedrock to good health, it goes to follow that a healthy and functioning digestive system is also crucial to optimal health. One can be eating the "perfect" diet, yet if your digestive system is compromised, than your health will also be compromised. Here are some simple tips to maintain an optimal digestion.

1. A healthy organic diet is still very important to maintaining a healthy digestion and assimilation. Also identification and elimination of food allergens from your diet is crucial. Testing for the delayed allergens (IgG antibodies) is not offered by many allergists and is available from Registered Naturopathic Doctors and other health practitioners familiar and well trained in integrative medicine.

2. Take a good probiotic. Not only do they support your immune system, they help to support healthy assimilation of nutrients. An imbalanced gut flora can create endotoxins which may cause bloating and diarrhea as well as acne, joint and muscle pain as well as fatigue and other general feelings of malaise.

3. Don't eat after 7 PM! Not only is it unhealthy to go to bed with a full stomach, it can interfere with having a deep restful sleep as well as contribute to weight gain.

4. Get a handle on your portion size. Many people eat the right foods, yet they eat too much of them. Overeating can put undo pressure on the diaphragm and contribute to hiatal hernias and esophageal reflux.

5. Get a handle on your stress levels. Eating under stress, on the run or under duress can also interfere with proper digestion and assimilation of your foods.

6. Chew your food. Slow down your eating. Mom was right! You need to chew your food enough - optimally until it is almost liquid. Amylase is secreted by your salivary glands and is the first step in digestion. If you don't chew enough, then you leave chunks of food for further on down the GI tract and that is not what those areas are great at doing! And you miss out on that first digestive step. So no wolfing down your food!

7. Drink 64 oz of purified water per day. This will keep your bowels regular (along with a high fiber diet) as well as help to flush out toxins. Most people don't drink nearly enough water per day.

8. This goes with stress management - learn how to RELAX. Digestion is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system. IT works best when you can learn how to deeply relax. Some of my favorite tools for this are yoga and meditation.

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