For much of his life, Dr. Vincent Pedre, an internist in New York City, suffered from digestive problems that left him feeling weak and sick to his stomach. As an adult he learned he had irritable bowel syndrome, or I.B.S., a chronic gut disorder that affects up to 10 percent of Americans.
Through the process of elimination, Dr. Pedre discovered that his diet was the source of many of his problems. Cutting out dairy and gluten reversed many of his symptoms. Replacing processed foods with organic meats, fresh vegetables and fermented foods gave him more energy and settled his sensitive stomach.
Dr. Pedre, a clinical instructor in medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, began to encourage many of his patients who were struggling with digestive disorders to do the same, helping them to identify food allergens and food sensitivities that could act as triggers. He also urged his patients to try yoga and meditation to alleviate chronic stress, which can worsen digestive problems.
We have written a lot about gut health here at Dherbs. The secret? To eat a diet rich with fruits and vegetables and positively afraid of processed foods. It’s great to see an example of a medical doctor practice what he preaches.
If you suffer from IBS or common instances of indigestion, consider switching to a vegetarian diet for a time and loading up on natural probiotics like kombucha, kimchi, and coconut or almond-based yogurts.