Archive for June, 2009

I’ve received several requests (folowing my media stories and blogs) asking about the natural (non-medication) options for reflux (GERD).

Note: Please, as always, contact me and / or your healthcare practitioner to discuss what’s right for YOU rather thank just taking any / all of these.

  1. Keep the digestive tract underwhelmed – small, frequent (about every 3 hours) eating occasions and chew food well
  2. Plant enzymes with eating occasions (especially with animal proteins) to help breakdown the food
  3. L-glutamine: this amino acid may aid tissue recovery
  4. Probiotic: please read my probiotic blog (strain specificity and quantity are key)
  5. Omega 3s may help reduce any inappropriate inflammation of the digestive tract
  6. Chew deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) between meals this amino acid may aid tissue recovery
  7. Mastic gum has antibacterial properties
  8. Read my blog about the TEN (the essential nutrients)
  9. Magnesium citrate or glycinate before bed to improve motility.

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Sick all the time, worried about bone density, battling frequent skin blemishes and / or digestive complaints? An overly acidic system could be the (part of) culprit. Why? Bad bacteria (skin, immunity, digestions issues) and viruses (immunity) thrive in an acidic environment, the body removes calcium from the bone to alkalinize itself (bone density).

While our body needs acid in the stomach (see GERD blog), the rest of the digestive tract and resulting urine is meant to be alkaline for optimal health. (more…)

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New study draws some concern over gluten-free diets (Read more at: celiacdisease.about.com). My comment: I’m so glad and not surprised.

As discussed in detail in The G-Free Diet by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, following a gluten-free nutrition plan is about a lot more than just removing gluten from the diet. To heal the digestive system (and maintain a healthy digestive system), as well as to reduce risk of other chronic diseases and to maintain a healthy weight, it is critical to look at the following: a) quality, b) quantity, c) nutrient balance and d) frequency. (more…)

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By Ashley Koff RD and Gerard E. Mullin MD

This article in US News raised concerns among patients about a link between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common treatment for acid reflux disease, and bone fractures. Their concerns led us to want to discuss the following:

a) What is Acid Reflux, really?

b) Why do we take medication for it?

c) What diet and lifestyle modifications aid Acid Reflux?

d) If I am taking medication, should I just stop?

e) Will continuing to take a PPI ruin my bones and what else?

f) Can I help my bone density through better nutrition?


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Summer is upon us, and while we know we need to hydrate, sometimes our water needs an upgrade. True hydration means that the water doesn’t just go into our body, but into our cells (we need the right mineral balance, sufficient potassium, to bring the water INTO our cells). Summer heat is not the only thing rising, especially at bbq’s and beach parties where the sodium from snack foods can really add up. Potassium acts as sodium’s natural counterbalance. Here are some potassium-rich beverage ideas, sure to add a hydrating splash to your summer (I use plain coconut water or Ultima Replenisher to supply potassium and other minerals):

Without Alcohol:


Brew 1 tea bag of ginger or rooibos tea (for 8 ounces of water)
Add 1 scoop mixed frozen berries
Add 1/2 a frozen banana sliced

Sugar-Free Arnold Palmer

Iced Tea + 1 packet of Ultima Lemonade

Anti-Ox Palmer

Iced Green Tea + 1 packet of Ultima Berry or 4 ounces of plain Coconut Water

The Ultima Shirley T

Premix one packet/serving of Wild Raspberry with 4 ounces of regular water
add to 4 oz. sparkling water
serve over ice and gently stir (don’t shake)
garnish with an orange
decorate with an umbrella.

With Alcohol:

Ultima Raspberry Goodness

2.5 oz Citron vodka
1 packet of raspberry Ultima
4 oz pineapple juice
Shake and garnish with lemon zest

“Id like my drink on the HydRocks”

Ice Cubes made from Coconut Water or Ultima Replenisher
Add to any liquor and enjoy

Ultima Dreamsicle

2.5 oz vanilla vodka
1 packet orange Ultima
4 oz water
shake and serve in sugar rimmed glass garnished with orange wheel

The Ulitma Lemon Drop

2.5 oz vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 scoop Lemonade Ultima
2 oz water
juice of lemon wedge
Shake and serve in sugar rimmed glass

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