Category Archives: Gut Health

Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

80% of adults don’t even get the minimum recommended amount of exercise recommended by the CDC and similar public health organizations – 2 days per week of strength training and 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise.(1)  Exercise for women over 40 is essential.  But, it’s important to consider a number of factors before… Continue Reading

Is There an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Diet to Improve Pregnancy Success?

Is There an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Diet to Improve Pregnancy Success?

While there is no one-size-fits-all IVF Diet, focusing on your nutrition can certainly improve your IVF success.  Let’s discuss a few important strategies for supporting your health to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy with IVF. The IVF Diet is a Mediterranean Style, Low Carbohydrate, Anti-inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet When 160 couples undergoing… Continue Reading

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

Relief for SIBO with Interstitial Cystitis Related Bladder Pain

Relief for SIBO with Interstitial Cystitis Related 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).  Thus, there is clear overlap between bladder pain… Continue Reading