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8 Fibers You Should be Taking for Digestive Health

Posted On Jan 28, 2014

  Fiber is often thought of as some blah-tasting uniform mass you have to choke down just for regularity’s sake. Truth is, there are many different kinds of fibers, and an assortment is necessary for good health. You need insoluble fibers, which bulk up and soften stools to maintain regularity, and soluble fibers, which help…

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Three Tasty, Quick and Healthy Ways to Get Your (Essential!) Daily Fiber

Posted On Jan 23, 2014

Fiber–where would we be without it? Not the bathroom, of course. Fiber is essential for proper digestion, healthy bowel movements, and good overall health. Yet, most people only get about half the fiber they need daily (you need 20-30 grams per day). We’ve found some great snack and beverage recipes high in fiber and other…

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Dr. Bakker’s Tips to Say Hello to Good Digestion and Goodbye to Constipation

Posted On Jan 15, 2014

Now that I’ve covered the common causes of constipation, let’s get to the good stuff: how to fix it. Here are my easy, sensible tips to help ease and prevent constipation: Stay away from “junk” foods The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” very much applies to your gut. Processed boxed goods, sugary treats, fast food…

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When Everything’s Not Coming Out Okay: 6 Causes of Constipation

Posted On Jan 08, 2014

I have a question for you: how often do you poop? You may find the question uncomfortable, but we all do it, and not going enough can be trouble. How often you go is a direct correlation to how well your gut is functioning (unless you have acute diarrhea from an infection or parasites, giardia,…

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Beating Negative Thinking During the Holidays Part 2

Posted On Dec 23, 2013

Here’s part 2 of my tips to beat negative thinking during the holidays (and anytime, really). You can read part 1 here. 6. Magnification and Minimization Anne is a 1st grade teacher and she overslept the day of the big holiday program. She rushes to get ready and makes it to school just in time…

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The 10 Stresses of Christmas: Beating Negative Thinking During the Holidays

Posted On Dec 18, 2013

The holiday season can bring a lot of joy and happiness, but it’s also a time when expectations or consequences can bring negative thoughts and high stress. Financial worries, canceled flights, sick loved ones, and pressure to have a perfect holiday are just a few things that increase stress during the holidays. I’ve outlined 10…

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How Vulnerable are You to Stress?

Posted On Dec 04, 2013

  “It is not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it.”  That quote is credited to Hans Selye, a pioneer in researching the effect of stress on the body. Stress is not inherently bad; in fact, some stress can even be good for you. How much a stressful situation or event affects…

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Good Gluten Gone Bad: Dr. Bakker’s Guide to Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease

Posted On Nov 26, 2013

To gluten, or not to gluten Have you been thinking about going gluten free, but fear the thought of complex recipes using obscure, tasteless ingredients? Many of my patients who want to go gluten free think they are heading for a world of joyless, bland food. But this couldn’t be further from the truth—with accurate…

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You Make Me Sick! 6 Things That Can Weaken Your Immune Response

Posted On Nov 19, 2013

You awake to a stuffy nose, achy body, 5 alarm headache, and feeling like you slept all of 20 minutes. Sick? But how? You stocked up on vitamins, wash your hands more than you’d like to admit, and keep your distance from anyone with the faintest cough. But you’ve also been extra stressed, not sleeping…

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The Link Between Stress and Autoimmune Disorders

Posted On Nov 07, 2013

  To understand the connection between stress and autoimmune disorders, we’ll need to start with the adrenal glands–those two tiny, triangular glands atop your kidneys that defend your body from stress using the hormone cortisol. Cortisol performs many vital functions in the body, from responding to small cuts to helping the body rebound from a…

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