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Natural Solutions for Digestive Health

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Based on the latest medical and nutritional research, Natural Solutions for Digestive Health provides anyone suffering from chronic or intermittent gut disorders the relief they seek. It covers everything from low-grade irritations such as bloating, gas, constipation, and lactose intolerance to more serious conditions such as ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, gallstones, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. A special section focuses on pediatric digestive problems, and there's expert nutritional ...
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Overview

Based on the latest medical and nutritional research, Natural Solutions for Digestive Health provides anyone suffering from chronic or intermittent gut disorders the relief they seek. It covers everything from low-grade irritations such as bloating, gas, constipation, and lactose intolerance to more serious conditions such as ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, gallstones, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. A special section focuses on pediatric digestive problems, and there's expert nutritional and dietary advice plus recipes to help ensure digestive health.
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Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Naturopathic physician Teta and food educator and chef Bessinger team up for this comprehensive guide to improving digestive health. The modern world is rife with threats to our digestive systems, from too much soy in our diets, to environmental toxins, to chronic stress and, as a result, the rate of digestive illnesses is rising. The book offers an overview of the digestive process and the major organs' roles, with discussion of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's and colitis), and Celiac disease, along with conditions less commonly linked to digestion, such as arthritis and asthma. The centerpiece of the book is the "Gut Restoration Program"—a four-week regimen that eliminates gluten, dairy, soy, sugar and sugar alcohols, beans, and certain vegetables, while adding supplements, such as probiotics and digestive enzymes. Stress relief and regular sleep are also key components. The diet may sound punishing, but these recipes offer hope. What's more, the authors include a helpful roadmap for reintroducing "normal" food when the program ends. Readers who have suffered from these ailments will appreciate this approach. (May)
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"Naturopathic physician Teta and food educator and chef Bessinger team up for this comprehensive guide to improving digestive health. The modern world is rife with threats to our digestive systems, from too much soy in our diets, to environmental toxins, to chronic stress and, as a result, the rate of digestive illnesses is rising. The book offers an overview of the digestive process and the major organs' roles, with discussion of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's and colitis), and Celiac disease, along with conditions less commonly linked to digestion, such as arthritis and asthma. The centerpiece of the book is the 'Gut Restoration Program'—a four-week regimen that eliminates gluten, dairy, soy, sugar and sugar alcohols, beans, and certain vegetables, while adding supplements, such as probiotics and digestive enzymes. Stress relief and regular sleep are also key components. The diet may sound punishing, but these recipes offer hope. What's more, the authors include a helpful roadmap for reintroducing 'normal' food when the program ends. Readers who have suffered from these ailments will appreciate this approach." —Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
06/15/2014
Among the most common ailments many people suffer from are constipation, gas, acid reflux, and other discomforts related to digestion. Teta, a naturopathic physician, and Bessinger, a food writer, offer alternative remedies for these conditions. They begin by explaining how the digestive tract works, then discuss what can go wrong, and offer a program of treatment to restore the gut to health. They also cover specific conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Their solution remedy includes the removal of irritating foods (e.g., gluten, dairy, soy, nightshade vegetables, beans, alcohol, and sugar), taking probiotics, supplements and enzymes, and making lifestyle changes (e.g., getting enough sleep, managing stress, establishing healthy bathroom habits). They include recipes for their meal plans. While some of this advice is very useful, the claim that this program can help with conditions ranging from acne to multiple sclerosis is questionable. The authors also talk about "leaky gut," a condition not acknowledged in the medical literature. VERDICT Buy where there is interest in alternative medicine. A more balanced approach is available in Norton J. Greenberger's 4 Weeks to Healthy Digestion.—Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454910312
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 62,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jillian Sarno Teta, ND is currently the President of the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NCANP). She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, where she completed specialty shifts in environmental medicine, women's health, and adjunctive cancer care, and was able to shadow well-known physicians who are experts in their respective fields. She practices at the Naturopathic Health Clinic of North Carolina in Winston-Salem and writes for several publications, including Natural Triad, Forsyth Woman, Pain Pathways, OnFitness, Dr.Oz Online, the Gluten Intolerance Group National Letter, and others. Jillian also lectures extensively both locally and nationally.
 
Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, real-food writer, award-winning educator and chef, is The Clean Food Coach™-designer of “Clean Cuisine”—an innovative approach to preparing faster, tastier meals from seasonal whole foods (thecleanfoodcoach.com). She is the author and coauthor of seven books featuring healthy eating. Her recipes and clean food perspectives have been showcased in over 100 media outlets, including Consumer Reports, Clean Eating, Self, Better Nutrition, Parenting, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Martha Stewart Living, NPR, and NBC News. She lives in Portsmouth, RI.
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