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3 Tips to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

IBS Dietitian

Over 5 million Canadians suffer from irritable bowel syndrome with 120,000 Canadian developing IBS each year.  In fact,  Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world.

Symptoms that people living with IBS may have include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Alternating between diarrhea and constipation
  • Digestive cramps
  • Bloating
  • Digestive pains
  • Excessive gas

But, not to fear, a well rounded lifestyle approach can help you manage your symptoms and gain back control of your life.

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Community Partner Post: How to Improve Constipation using Chinese Medicine

Kelowna Dietitian

Staying “regular” is something that everyone should strive for. When you are not having regular bowel movements, your body is not processing and eliminating foods the way it should be. Not to mention, people often feel weighed down, bloated and uncomfortable. But when I ask someone, what is “regular” for you, I get answers that range from once a day, to 4 times a day, to once every 3-4 day.

What is “normal” can differ from person to person. Generally, if you are having less than 2 bowel movements a week, or bowel movements are accompanied by straining and are difficult to pass, there may be some work to be done to improve your digestive function.

A change in diet is often the first and best way to alleviate constipation, however, when someone is still struggling to have pain-free, easy bowel movements, I may consider a few other methods to restore optimal function to their digestive system.

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Gluten Free Almond Pulp Blueberry Muffins

what to do with almond pulp

I make almond milk all the time.  I tried making almond pulp crackers and, honestly, they weren’t for me.  So, I stopped making them and then the almond pulp started to stack up.  It was getting really bad actually.  I had ample amounts in the freezer, fresh in the fridge with and found myself with almond pulp coming out of my ears!

I needed to deal with this situation.  And, knowing me, I wasn’t throwing anything away.  What a waste of expensive almonds!  So, the recipe developing began.  I can say with absolute confidence that I have nailed this one on the head.  These muffins are delicious, scrumptious, and healthy.  Win, win, win!

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6 Tips to Make Healthy Living a Breeze

Eating healthier

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if healthy living just seemed like second nature?  Here are six tips to help make that a reality for you.

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Top 9 Foods For the Gluten Free Diet

what to eat on the gluten free diet

Did you know that a gluten free diet can actually be less nutritious if done incorrectly?  Despite my clients’ best intentions, many of them are eating a diet that is low in:

  1. Calcium
  2. Fiber
  3. Probiotics
  4. Iron
  5. Omega 3
  6. Magnesium
  7. Zinc
  8. Vitamin D
  9. B-vitamins

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