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How Prebiotics Help Gut Health

How Prebiotics Help Gut Health

Do you take a probiotic for gut health every day? Let me stop you righttttt there. While probiotics may be helpful in managing specific conditions – what REALLY matters when it comes to gut health are ‘prebiotics’. See the difference there? Pre, versus Pro. Many of you may know that probiotics are living bacteria. However, when I say the word ‘pre’biotic – people often give me a funny look. No, I’m not just pronouncing probiotic incorrectly, pre and probiotics are two different things! (to throw some confusion in the mix ‘post-biotics’ is now a thing too). So, what are ‘prebiotics’? Prebiotics are beneficial compounds that act as food for bacteria and can improve our health. Prebiotics are undigestible parts of food that reach the colon without being absorbed, for...

Non Pharmacological Strategies For IBSD Managment

Non-Pharmacological Strategies for IBS-D Management

Believe it or not, roughly 20% of the population have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Of this, we see that about half the IBS patients at Ignite Nutrition fall under the umbrella of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) or have symptoms that alternate between diarrhea and constipation (IBS-M). Diarrhea predominant IBS can be SO frustrating to manage. Loose stools cause urgency, which causes stress, which tends to make symptoms worse!   IBS-D Management - Our Approach At Ignite, we first approach diarrhea management from 3 perspectives. how quick the gut moves (motility) stool consistency working on abdominal pain and cramping that is so common when your bowels tend to empty quickly! Today we are going to be discussing exactly how we manage IBS-D, as well as discussing some non-pharmacological options. At...

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Low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

These low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats are a go-to in our house (and a HUGE hit on our 5 day low FODMAP and gut health menu plan).  We created these for the Husky Wellness Fair event in 2018. Why I LOVE this recipe: the whole family can enjoy it it's make ahead - the perfect grab and go recipe it's versatile! Switch up the ingredients for what's in your pantry! It's balanced - with fibre, protein, and fat It's a good source of resistant starch, good for your gut microbiota! Save Print Low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats Author: Andrea Hardy, RD Serves: 4   Ingredients 1 ½ cup rolled oats...

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Taking Care of Your Gut Health this Back-to-School Season

This sponsored post is brought to you by Danone. They’ve kindly compensated monetarily me to develop this post on how to take care of your gut health this Fall, something you all know I'm super passionate about! Back to school is great for getting the family back into a routine – but often comes with added stress and a busy back to school schedule for moms… even the most experienced ones! Maintain healthy and balanced nutrition can be hard while trying to make sure your family is ready for this back to school season. I have my top tips for you to make nutritious, easy choices during this crazy period, so you can keep taking care of your overall health! Keeping it Convenient With a busy schedule, we often...

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Dietitians as Gut Health Ambassadors

Guys. This is not my usual post. Today, I'm sharing with you my interview with Gut Microbiota for Health. I attended their conference in Rome in March, and spoke to a group of dietitians in a plenary session on dietitians and their role as gut health ambassadors. There were over 80 dietitians and gastroenterologists from around the world, in my session - and I was SO nervous! I was the last talk of the day, and shared with my colleagues how we can connect with patients to get them thinking about their gut health in wellness, and in disease. Get a glimpse of my gut health interview here: If you have a GI disorder - like IBS, Crohn's, colitis, or are interested in reducing your risk of developing...

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7 things you can do to support someone on the low FODMAP diet

The low FODMAP diet, or really any medically necessary diet, can be really isolating. It can make you feel alone, misunderstood, and a giant inconvenience. While you’re busy navigating one of the most restrictive, non-sensical diets out there – you not only have to content with label reading, picking the right foods, and making a shift to your planning – but you ALSO have to navigate the impacts it has on your relationships at work, at home, and when you go out with friends. While most people are well-meaning (often in their desire to understand and relate) their questions can put you on edge. Make you feel judged, singled out, and unheard. As someone who counsels patients, it’s not the diet changes (though hard!) that are the most...

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Long Term Low FODMAP | A Dietitian Explains

Living with gut symptoms is miserable. They are painful, embarrassing and awkward. It’s not surprising that when people find relief on the low FODMAP diet, they want to stay on it forever. BUT, this is over restrictive, in most cases totally unnecessary and even detrimental to gut health. My name is Joanna Baker, I’m a FODMAP expert dietitian from Everyday Nutrition in Melbourne, Australia and today Andrea has kindly asked me to contribute some info on reintroducing FODMAPs back into your diet. What’s the deal with FODMAP cut offs? You probably know by now that: We can test foods in a laboratory to see what the FODMAP content is. We also have plenty of research telling us what people with IBS will tolerate before they start loosening their...

Homemade Gut Friendly Granola

Homemade Gut Friendly Granola

Hey there, it is Nancy again, and I am excited to share with you a homemade granola recipe made for a special someone found within your gut! Let me explain… Did you know that there is such a thing as good bacteria? Not all bacteria needs to be cleaned away, and killed through sanitization. We as humans contain trillions of good bacteria within our gastrointestinal system most of which have vital tasks to maintain our overall health. Our good bacteria help us in a variety of ways including producing a physical barrier in our gut to protect against bad bacteria, helping us digest nutrients, and even help support an efficient immune system.1  In fact, research is beginning to show - those bacteria may also play a role in...

Microbiome in Pregnancy

Microbiome in Pregnancy

Can I just take a second to introduce my AMAZING colleague, Sarah O’Hara, RD? She runs a private practice here in Calgary specializing in prenatal and PCOS nutrition. When she suggested writing a blog post on the microbiome and pregnancy - I was ALL over that. As a gut health dietitian - the microbiome, especially in infancy BLOWS my mind. So let’s get to it! Microbiome 101 The human “microbiome” refers to the community of microorganisms living in/on our bodies. It outnumbers our own cells by a factor of 10, contains upwards of 100 trillion cells and a collective 27 times more genes than the human genome. (That’s a LOT of microbes!) The species diversity and abundance vary depending upon the location in/on our bodies: our skin,...

Nine IBS Triggers That aren't FODMAPs

IBS Triggers that aren’t FODMAP’s

Have you ever wondered why, despite following the low FODMAP diet 'perfectly', you still have IBS symptoms? IBS is a complex condition where the low FODMAP diet can HELP - however I always explain it like a 'bandaid' solution - and putting all your eggs in one basket is never a good idea. I review the top 9 IBS triggers I see in my practice that aren't FODMAP related - and how to fix them! Catch the replay of my #AskADietitian Facebook Live: IBS Triggers That Aren't FODMAPS My Top 9 Triggers That Aren't FODMAP's Stress Eating Quickly Meal Spacing Hormones Sleep Medications Spicy Foods Alcohol High Fat Foods I go into detail in the video about each one! Be sure to watch it. (Also - I love that on...