Category Archives: Gut Health

Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

She’s been dealing with increasing pelvic pain symptoms for years. Newly married and ready to start a family, she worries about the effect that her pelvic pain will have on her relationship with her husband and whether she will even be able to get pregnant. She’s been coming to see you in your physical therapy… Continue Reading

An Athletic Mom Shares Her Shift from Carb Loading to Gluten Free Nutrient Rich Eating for Performance

An Athletic Mom Shares Her Shift from Carb Loading to Gluten Free Nutrient Rich Eating for Performance

We have been talking a lot about the nutritional needs of female athletes around here lately.  Have you seen our free video series on Female Athlete Wellness? >>Check it out here.<< Today we’re talking a bit more about the benefits of going gluten free for female athletes.  Please enjoy this guest post from Dr. Carolyn… Continue Reading

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

It is well accepted that the nervous system is the ultimate “decider” when it comes to an individual’s pain response in any given moment.  You have surely experienced this yourself when a paper cut feels like your whole hand is on fire, or when you wake up with a giant bruise on your leg and… Continue Reading

Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

As the weather gets colder and we are knee deep in the holiday madness (I mean excitement!), it’s helpful to have a few recipes on hand to soothe your soul, your hormones, and your digestion.  One of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes is my Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup.  It’s gluten free, dairy free, grain… Continue Reading

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading

What Does SIBO Have to Do With Bladder Pain?

What Does SIBO Have to Do With Bladder Pain?

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015). This is also seen with women with interstitial… Continue Reading

How To Build Healthy Breastmilk: Good For Babies and Moms

How To Build Healthy Breastmilk: Good For Babies and Moms

“I make milk. What’s your superpower?” – Unknown For the moms in your practice who decide to breastfeed, there is so much that you can do to encourage them to build the healthiest possible milk. There are several factors to building healthy milk.  Optimizing the early feeding environment is essential to reducing the baby’s long… Continue Reading

Painful Sex? 5 Ways to Find Relief without Drugs or Surgery

It’s not normal for sex to hurt. (In fact, it’s not normal for your periods to hurt either, but that’s a topic for another day.) But, for women with vaginismus, endometriosis, chronic yeast or bacterial infections, ovarian cysts, fibroids, or birth or other traumatic injuries sex can be intensely painful. If you suffer from painful… Continue Reading