Healthy Digestion; Happy Life: Understanding SIBO

By AIM Staff What is SIBO? SIBO is an acronym for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Bacteria in our gut is normal and plays an important role for healthy digestion and can even have an influence on other aspects of our health. Normally, the bacteria in our gut help to breakdown fibers to smaller components that … Continued

Earth element – Beyond good digestion is a core sense of well-being

Debbie Yu, MS, L.Ac   Physically, the digestive system is at the center of our body and in Chinese medicine, it is often referred to as the “middle burner.” It composes of the Spleen and the Stomach, both of which relate to the earth element. With good digestion, we are able to extract and absorb … Continued

GI Case Studies–What can we Learn?

  by Dr. Mohammad Shegeft Generally, it can be useful to take vitamins and minerals orally, and we recommend that when appropriate.  However, if vitamins and minerals are not adequately absorbed into the body, they are useless.  Frequently, due to certain disease states that create intestinal imbalance and malabsorption, patients do not adequately absorb vitamins … Continued

The Down-Low on SIBO

by Dr. Rhea “Doc Rabbit” Abbott Let’s talk a minute about everyone’s favorite topic: bowel dysfunction. There are hundreds of things that can cause constipation or diarrhea, but if all the usual suspects (giardia, food poisoning, celiac, hypothyroidism, etc) have been ruled out, some docs are stumped and just call it IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). … Continued

Fat As Medicine

By Dr. Liat Engel   As we left off in our discussion from last month about good and bad fat – you are what you eat… what is the meaning behind this message? 20 years ago fat was considered the first thing to eliminate for better health or weight loss and would have been the … Continued

Good Fat v. Bad Fat: not all fats created equal

by Dr. Liat Engel   Too Fat, or not Too Fat? That is the question.  Well, not really.  The question is more likely: “what is the nature of your fats?”  In this article we will be reviewing both the bad fats, including what risks they pose, and how to avoid them, right alongside the good … Continued

Demystifying Detoxifications and Cleanses: What You Need To Know This Fall!

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft   Detox. The understanding of what detoxification is and why you need to detox is not as easy as it seems.  First we need to go over some definitions.  1. Depuration; obsolete to promote the elimination of waste products from the body.  2. Detoxification; the metabolic process by which the toxic … Continued

The Gut/Breath Link–Breathing for Better Digestion

by Patti Shelton, MD, RYT In Chinese medicine, fall is all about the lungs and the colon.  In thinking about these two organs, I realized that there’s a connection between them that’s stronger than many people might realize.  And the name of that connection is the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is one of the … Continued

Petra on Plant-Based Diets and their connection to the Gallbladder

by Petra Davis, RYT Spring is a great time to detoxify, and lighten the load on our organs. Gall bladder disease is often caused or exacerbated by poor diet, including processed foods and animal products. So this spring, you might consider a plant-based diet for the good of your gallbladder and your overall health. Plant-based … Continued