How a “Happy Gut” Can Soothe Your IBS

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.

Source: Seeking a ‘Happy Gut’ for Better Health – The New York Times

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.

2016-01-14T16:32:37+00:00

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    You are too young to be dealing with so many health issues. These are all issues that can be eradicated with a proper diet, consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables and eliminating processed junk food and animal products completely.
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    Take the following when you are done with your cleanses: For Thyroid: Take Thyroid Aid and Iron Formula for Hypertension: Take the Cardiovascular and Circulation Aid Formula. For Acne: Take the Blood and Lymphatic Formula and use our Oxy Oil after every face wash. 

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    Q: I am having problems digesting my food having gas bloating after eating I am 54 yrs female I am looking for digestive enzymes do you have any suggestions?

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    Detox your body (see FULL BODY DETOX and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN). Perform these cleanses! Change your diet: go vegan and raw foods. There's so much you can do! You came to the right place. Please try our ENZYMES FORMULA as well as our DIGEST AID. Visit our on-line store!

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    We would recommend the Full Body Cleanse and the Female Cleanse. Our Kidney-Bladder-Adrenals can also be helpful in remedying some of ther issues you are experiencing. Once you complete the cleanse, consume this formula to keep with the progress you've made.

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