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SDR 64: Top 10 Thanksgiving Tips

SDR 64: Top 10 Thanksgiving Tips

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The holidays are fast approaching, and this time of year can make it pretty challenging to eat well. With treats all around and the constant temptation to consume more and more, anyone can go off track. And while it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, the key is to be mindful when you do.

In this episode, I’m going to share some tips for doing just that. Listen in to learn my top ten strategies for doing holiday dining right. You’ll hear advice on when to go for seconds, how to spare yourself some calories at dessert, and more.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • How to begin your day to avoid feeling guilty about what you eat.
  • What kind of breakfast is best.
  • Advice for dealing with holiday stress and tension between family members.
  • How much water you should be drinking to stay hydrated.
  • What to take before your meal—especially if you’re going to be eating more than you normally would.
  • How often it’s okay to “cheat.”
  • What portion size to aim for when eating starches.
  • The number one nutrient we’re not getting enough of.
  • How long to wait before you go in for seconds.
  • When to get moving after a big meal.
  • A tip for saving some calories when eating dessert.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

80% of the food you want to be eating should be really clean and healthy, and 20% of the time, you can cheat. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet There’s nothing wrong with having foods that aren’t the best for you, as long as you don’t do this all the time. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Don’t eat with your eyes; eat with your brain. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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SDR 63: How Much Do You Value Your Health?

SDR 63: How Much Do You Value Your Health?

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Do you make your health a priority? Or are you more likely to make excuses? Unfortunately, I see far too many people who do the latter, and this episode is going to be a little bit of a rant about that.

No one should value your health more than you—period. So today I’m going to share with you two contrasting stories of patients I recently saw in my practice, one whose approach devalues both their own well-being and the work of health professionals, and the other who shows us what it really means to make your health a priority.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • The thing that makes Dr. Christine crazy.
  • Examples of two types of patients—and which is more likely to get well.
  • What it means to be a “symptom-chaser.”
  • Why we all have to take accountability for our own health.
  • Questions to ask yourself.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

When you’ve got stuff happening with your health, you've gotta find a way. Find a way, whatever way that is. Otherwise, you’re just not valuing your health. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Your health matters. How you show up matters. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Above all things, you have to love yourself so much; you have to love yourself healthy with whatever is required to do that. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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SDR 62: Common Symptoms of Poor Digestion

SDR 62: Common Symptoms of Poor Digestion

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It is so important to find a doctor who is willing to be a detective when it comes to figuring out what your symptoms are linked to. Symptoms are the way our bodies show us what’s going on inside and it’s crucial to go to a doctor or health professional who will ask the right questions. In this episode, I will go over the symptoms you experience when you are improperly digesting macronutrients and how they are linked to other intolerances.

There are many unique symptoms that you may not think about being related to poor digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. These may surprise you and help you work with your health professional to finally figure out why certain things are happening in your body. Your body wants to heal so it sends these signals to let you know what’s going on and I’m here to help you understand that better.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Why doctors should be more of a detective when finding out what’s going on with you.
  • Why the phrase, “You are what you eat” is false.
  • The signs of constipation – many you may not think of.
  • The 5 belly busters and why you should avoid them.
  • Some common worse symptoms that are related to poor digestion.
  • Symptoms related to digesting protein, carbohydrates and fats poorly and how they are linked.
  • Suggestions on important things to eat as your main sources of protein, fats and carbs.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

When you’re meeting with a doctor or any other health professional, you ought to work with someone who’s asking better questions. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Your body wants to heal, it wants to be in homeostasis. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Either you’re not eating enough of one of these nutrients we’re going to cover today, or you may be eating enough of it but not digesting it well. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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SDR 61: Getting Back to Basics

SDR 61: Getting Back to Basics

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I have noticed a theme when it comes to questions patients ask and have decided to address these questions by getting back to the basics. I’ll talk about the essential macronutrients, what they do for your body and why they’re so important to your digestion. Women specifically are not getting enough of some of these nutrients and this is a huge reason why women get hot flashes and other issues I talk about.

There’s no reason to suffer from hot flashes and hormonal imbalances and I’ll explain why this is. You’ll also learn why you probably shouldn’t be taking common medications like MiraLAX. I’ll discuss the dangers of these drugs and why you should be treating and nourishing your body in a different way.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • The essential macronutrients and their role within your body.
  • What most females don’t get enough of.
  • How much (in grams) you should be getting of these nutrients.
  • The importance of tracking your macro nutrients to make sure you’re getting the right levels.
  • Why you don’t need to be dealing with hormonal imbalances.
  • Why I don’t recommend Miralax.
  • Foods to limit and be careful with.
  • Why you really need to listen to your inner doctor.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

The problem is that you guys (specifically you females – you guys as in females) are not eating enough fat and protein. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet You’d be surprised just how many people just are not cutting the mustard when it comes to eating their macros properly – You gotta get these numbers in. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet When you have a symptom, you know now that you have an energy deficiency. Period. End of story. Because your body is not getting enough fuel from those macro-nutrients – that’s how we get our energy. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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SDR 60: Your Questions Answered

SDR 60: Your Questions Answered

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This episode is all about answering as many of your questions as possible. You guys have a lot of questions on digestion and how it relates to your various health issues and concerns so I cover as many of these as possible to provide clarity and solutions. From thyroid issues to bloating and ADHD, I’ll talk about how each one is linked to gut problems and how you can take steps to clear up these ailments.

As always, I emphasize that you are not what you eat, you are what you digest and health is not how you feel it’s how you function. These are major mindsets that you need to be living by to help figure out what’s wrong, why certain issues you’re having are happening and how to stop them. This episode is loaded with information and I’m just getting started – My goal is to answer all of your questions so keep them coming!

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • How leaky gut is connected to thyroid problems.
  • What causes fatigue and hair loss and how Caster Oil could be helpful.
  • How celiac and microscopic colitis are related to leaky gut.
  • How the digestion and creation of serotonin effect ADHD.
  • How to diagnose leaky gut and how I test it.
  • If antibiotics can always be avoided or if they’re necessary sometimes.
  • Why I think everyone should be gluten sensitive.
  • Why it’s not healthy just because it’s ‘gluten free’.
  • How to combat bloating.
  • How a leaky gut effects the liver.
  • If rosacea and skin issues are also side effects of leaky gut.
  • Leaky gut’s effect on rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Why you have too much calcium in your body and why protein is going to help.
  • How to beat IBS by treating your gut right.
  • Why pastured eggs are important to look for.
  • What oils you should and shouldn’t be cooking with.
  • How to choose the right probiotics.
  • Why birth control can be a big problem.
  • Linking depression and anxiety to digestion problems.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

Leaky gut has a lot to do with everything. I mean, your whole gut has a lot to do with everything. That’s where it’s all connected. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet As a society we are eating way too much carbohydrate. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Everybody has a leaky gut. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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SDR 59: The Truth About Cholesterol and Self-Care

SDR 59: The Truth About Cholesterol and Self-Care

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This episode of Smart Digestion Radio contains two snippets of audio that I hope you find useful and uplifting. The first is about cholesterol and why having high cholesterol is not really as bad as doctors tend to make it seem. The second is about the disasters that seem to be hitting everywhere and how we can find important and uplifting messages through these times as well as the importance of taking care of ourselves ESPECIALLY when things seem to be going wrong.

You’ll get to know the truth about cholesterol and a big reason to not always do everything your doctor says. I emphasize the importance of taking back your body and loving yourself healthy through being careful about your medical care and taking care of YOURSELF.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Why high cholesterol is not necessarily a bad thing.
  • What causes actually high cholesterol.
  • Knowing that you don’t have to do everything the doctor says.
  • Finding the beauty of unity amidst disasters.
  • The importance of self-care and self-healing especially when chaos and stress are around.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

Cholesterol is not the bad guy, we need cholesterol. Cholesterol is essential. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet You don’t have to do everything the doctor says. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet As much as I’m against the medical model, I’m not irresponsible. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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The Truth About Cholesterol and Self-Care

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SDR 58: Energy, Enzymes, and the Biggest Stress of All

SDR 58: Energy, Enzymes, and the Biggest Stress of All

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If you’re like most people, you’ve probably experienced energy loss or one if its associated symptoms at some point or another, but have you ever wondered what causes it? You may be surprised to find that it’s not just about a lack of sleep or needing to eat better; it’s also about how well you’re digesting the things you do eat. And that has everything to do with enzymes.

In this episode, I break down how it’s all connected. You’ll learn the important role enzymes play in our health, how the typical American diet contributes to the biggest stressor on our bodies that leaves us feeling drained, and what you can do to keep your body healthy and your energy levels high.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Where our energy comes from.
  • How energy loss manifests in the body.
  • Which nutrient gives us the most energy.
  • How many carbs we should aim to eat each day.
  • Why Dr. Christine is not a fan of long-term ketogenic diets.
  • Three key points that any medical professional should understand.
  • Timeless healing principles to keep in mind.
  • Where the body’s primary defense system lives.
  • The biggest stress of all.
  • What you can do to help keep your energy levels high.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

You have to recognize that energy comes from food. Period. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Only nutrition normalizes function. These prescription medications will never do that. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Symptoms are signs of energy loss. When you have energy loss, your body is trying to tell you something. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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Energy, Enzymes, and the Biggest Stress of All

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SDR 57: 4 “Healthy” Foods to Avoid

SDR 57: 4 “Healthy” Foods to Avoid

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There are so many foods out there that are marketed as healthy or just generally thought to be better options. In this episode, I’ll be talking about 4 different foods like this that are generally thought to be healthy and why you should actually be avoiding them. I’ll discuss why you should stop drinking juice, make dressing yourself, buy only wild-caught fish and be careful of what sweeteners you use.

You will get some great examples and ideas for alternative ways to do things in order to avoid dangerous additives, sea lice and more. I will also be answering some questions from my Facebook live that will clarify and provide more information on what I’m discussing about these foods. The importance of paying attention to what you buy and ultimately put into your body is crucial to your health so don’t take it lightly.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Why you should make your own salad dressing.
  • Why you don’t want to buy farm raised fish.
  • What sea lice are and how to avoid this disgusting reality.
  • The “healthy “ sweetener that is basically the same as high fructose corn syrup.
  • The healthy drink that you and your kids DON’T need.
  • The best, real sweeteners that are the healthiest options.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

You want to know how to make a wonderful salad dressing? You make it yourself! - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet You really want to avoid soy at all costs, guys. It robs your body of zinc. Ladies, it’s going to tinker with your menstrual cycle. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet If you’re buying any seafood at all it should be wild-caught. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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4 Healthy Foods to Avoid

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SDR 56: What Your Stool Is Telling You

SDR 56: What Your Stool Is Telling You

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I’m here today to convince you to take a look at your stool more often. The amount of people that don’t understand what their stools should look like – is impressive. I’ll go over what to look for when you check and why you have certain types of stools.

From the color and shape to frequency and urgency, I’ll discuss the many important factors that go into the health of your stools. Enzymes, stomach acid, bile and more are all part of the conversation today. I’ll also answer some live questions and why it’s so important to be more careful about your diet and digestion when you have had various forms of gastric or stomach surgeries.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • The main ways to evaluate your stool.
  • The shape your stool should take.
  • What most people get wrong about their stools.
  • Why you need enough stomach acid.
  • The importance of Bile.
  • The color your stool should be.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

Start looking at your stool. It’s important. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet You need stomach acid to trigger bile to flow. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet If you’ve had any kind of gastric op, enzymes are even more critical for you. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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SDR 55: Low Energy And Food Connection

SDR 55: Low Energy And Food Connection

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Have you ever suffered from low energy? Do you often have a hard time concentrating? I see people dealing with these issues all the time in my practice, and the truth is that both symptoms aren’t hard to resolve—once you improve your digestion.

That’s right: low energy and brain fog are the results of problems digesting a particular nutrient. So today I’m going to share a recording I did a while back about this topic. Listen in to learn how to restore balance to your body and get your energy levels and concentration back up to where they should be.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • The main reason the medical model is broken.
  • How stress affects nutrition.
  • The macronutrient most of the population has a hard time digesting.
  • Signs you’re not properly digesting carbohydrates.
  • How to reverse problems related to carbohydrate deficiency.
  • A filler ingredient to look out for in any supplement.
  • Why prescription medicine can’t heal the body.
  • The scary truth about the curriculum for medical doctors.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

When it comes to health and physiology and the overall recovery of the human body, you have to understand and you have to work with the elegant mechanism that is the human body. … It is a self-healing organism. - @thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet It is your body. Just because your medical doctor says that you should take XYZ drug, that does not mean that you have to. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet Respect your body’s ability to heal. Respect your body’s ability to reach homeostasis. Stop polluting your body with antibiotics, proton-pump inhibitors, painkillers—start looking at why you are feeling this way. -@thedigestiondoc Click To Tweet

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