Massage For Gut Health By Massage Therapist Jesse Atkinson

Massage for Gut Health? Might seem crazy, but yes – abdominal massage supports good gut health and good health overall.  Massage directly decreases constipation and reduces internal scarring through physical pressure, and whole body massage improves mood and digestion through the nervous and endocrine systems. Abdominal Massage Reduces Constipation Massage in the abdominal region is well known to ‘move’ along your poop through the large intestine and colon.  The physical mechanism of pressure decreases colonic transit time, increases bowel movement, and stimulates peristalsis.  Peristalsis, the continual muscular movement of digestion has a consistent direction and the large intestine is surprisingly
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Categories: Anxiety, Constipation, Massage, Mood Changes, Stress, and SYMPTOMS.

Finally! A Diagnosis – Ulcerative Colitis

In the same dreary medical building as Dr. Lin was my first GI Doctor. In the waiting room, I signed in with the nurses, sat in an uncomfortable chair. Waited. I didn’t belong here. I didn’t have gray hair. I was only 28 years young. Maybe my BMI was high for my age and weight. Maybe I wore over-sized clothing due to lack of self-confidence. But I did not belong here! Everyone was decades older. Surely this must be a mistake. Inside the patient room, my body tensed. Hanging from the walls, neatly organized, were black tubes. Different lengths and thickness.
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Categories: DIAGNOSIS, Joel's Story, and Ulcerative Colitis.

It’s Not Food Poisoning

As a healthy 28 year old man, I was starting to get worried. Why, all of a sudden, could I not hold down food? I made an appointment with my Primary Care Physician(PCP). Explaining my recent inexplicable symptoms got me and appointment the very next day. Dr. Lin asked if I had been overseas. I had not, but my girlfriend had been visiting family in the Philippines. That didn’t count. Feeling that food poisoning was the likely culprit, Dr. Lin gave me a stool test to perform at home and return to the office. By this time, a week after
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Categories: Diarrhea, Joel's Story, and Stool Analysis.

Homemade Cookies From Mom

I’m now 28, living with my girlfriend Rosalie in a mid-rise apartment in Arlington VA The year is 2001, I live just blocks from the Pentagon, the $31,000,000 dollar headquarters of the Department of Defense I’m working as the Lead Hardware engineer at Raytheon in Falls Church VA, on a classified Department of Justice project The infrequent stomach aches were a thing of the distant past Long forgotten I loved my job, my colleagues, our client, and the frequent travel to our nation’s top destination cities Honolulu, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle piled on the
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Categories: Joel's Story.

4 Secrets That Your Cravings Are Trying to Tell You

Picture it: you’re absorbed in work, when out of nowhere you are hit with a burning, insatiable desire … for chocolate. Immediately, all 5 senses are alight with expectation: you close your eyes and can vividly see your favorite truffle – its shape and velvety mahogany color. You inhale its sweet, rich perfume, and your anticipation heightens as the truffle draws closer to your mouth. You hear a soft crack as you take a bite, followed by a liquid gold sensation as the truffle melts and delightfully floods your taste buds flavors – nutty, earthy, floral and sweet. You have
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Categories: EAT, Self Love, and Uncategorized.

Playground Talk: “You Go To The Bathroom Daily”?!

“You go to the bathroom daily”?! I exclaimed and questioned my friend in High School Talking about bathroom activities was not normal conversation Except for the one time I left a hard lump in my pants on the bus ride home from nursery school (Thank God it was a ghost poop. Yes, I’m writing about bowel movements. Great Gut’s are all about them. Boy was that embarrassing, walking off of the school bus feeling like a dumbbell was in my pants, between my legs. That was the first time bowel movements were ever spoken about with my family This time
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Categories: Constipation, Joel's Story, STORIES-OF-HOPE, and Ulcerative Colitis.

My Gut Health Turning Point by Kimball Willson Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner

The Journey I used to think that once I discovered the ONE problem, infection, or imbalance in my body, all of my health issues would be resolved – the pain down the right side of my abdomen, the bloating that made me look 5 months pregnant, the low energy, bad skin, excess weight, brain fog, and of course, the dreaded constipation. As I began my journey, a shift from fifteen years on a “pastry vegetarian diet” to a whole foods Paleo-template helped me experience some improvement.  Next, I thought there must be an herb (or half the bottles in the
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Categories: Abdominal Bloating, abdominal ultrasound, Appendicitis, bad skin, Brain Fog, Colonoscopy, endoscopy, excess weight, IBS, Inflammation, Nutrition, and Stress.

My body froze! Where’s my Lialda?

June 25, 2016 – Exciting day today My friends put on the FitLife Live Transformation Summit at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Diego CA Djamel Bettahar, Shanna Yvonne, Sheree Trask work with Drew Canole Performing were other friends including Kiyoshi Shelton and Dallas Michael Cyr I didn’t even have to ask who the remaining speakers were, I knew I’d be blown away I packed my digestive enzymes, meal replacement bars, and headed downtown     I parked, closed the door, and walked towards the event A block away my body froze I freaked out I literally checked my pockets to
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Categories: EAT, Joel's Story, Lialda-Mesalamine, and Nutrition.

Q&A With Tara Rosas, Aka Crohn’s Babe

When I was studying at Institute for Integrative Nutrition I met Tara Rosas. Here we sit down for a deep dive into her personal healing journey. “Your interview with Tara was the best I have ever listened to with someone with IBD! And I read and listened to almost everything IBD/gut health related the past 5 years.” – Katalin Tara has been a student of health and nutrition for the last fourteen years. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through countless hours learning and researching the topic of holistic health she
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Categories: BREATHE, Colonoscopy, Cravings, Crohn's Disease, EAT, Friendships, Healthy Weight, Meditation, Nutrition, Parenting, and STORIES-OF-HOPE.

How Chinese Medicine Helped My Gut Health

I used to wake up and go through my undergrad days with asthma, sinus congestion, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and constipation. Now, I am free of many of these symptoms. I’ve stopped using inhalers and antihistamines. I am able to stay alert and concentrate even in some of the most tedious situations. How did I overcome this? Chinese medicine. Acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs, and diet turned my life around after my first year in grad school. I was able to do the things I love more effectively and easily like breathing, running, and eating.
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Categories: Abdominal Bloating, Acupuncture, Asthma, Botanical Medicine, Brain Fog, BREATHE, Constipation, Difficulty Concentrating, EAT, Gas-Flatulence, Herbal Medicine, MOVE, Nutrition, and Stories.