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Why Your Detox Protocol Needs a Broad-Spectrum Binder

Your patients need your help to stop the harsh cycle of toxin recirculation. You may know the benefits of detox protocols, but toxin binders like activated charcoal, zeolite and shilajit are also key for safe and healthy detoxification.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

Novel Therapeutics to Help Soothe and Strengthen the Gut Epithelium

Alongside reinforcing healthy lifestyle habits, we can help support our patients' gut and immune health with nutritional supplements that calm the gut, soothe the epithelium and strengthen the gut barrier.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

PPI Overuse and Nutrient Depletion: Give Your Patients the Support They Need

PPIs are among the most widely prescribed drugs worldwide and are seldom used judiciously for short-term treatment. Instead, patients are often placed on PPIs indefinitely without regard for the long-term consequences.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Intestinal Barrier
Gastrointestinal Health

4 Key Strategies to Help Restore the Gut Barrier and Relieve Inflammation

Discover four key strategies to heal and protect your patients' gut barrier integrity using vitamin D, glutamine, Chinese skullcap and bee propolis.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

4 Unique Advantages of Spore-Based Probiotics

Growing research shows spore-forming bacteria have unique advantages for your patients who need gut health support, including those with SIBO. Some of these benefits of spore-based probiotics are increased stability, longer survivability, concentrated action, and targeted impacts in the GI tract.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

Tips for Supporting Elimination Pathways

How many of your patients have tried a detox that just didn’t work out as well as they planned? If they stuck to the protocol but felt worse than when they started, we have tips for supporting their elimination pathways and Phase 3 detoxification.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
An Emerging Clinical Conundrum: Patients with "Resistant"-Type Microbiome Patterns
Gastrointestinal Health

An Emerging Clinical Conundrum: Patients with "Resistant"-Type Microbiome Patterns

Functional medicine practitioners who prescribe probiotics need to consider some recent findings regarding their patients’ colonization patterns.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

Berberine Offers Multifaceted Benefits for Your Patients

Berberine is typically recognized for its antimicrobial or antifungal properties, but may better be considered a “microbial modulator” because of the distinctive relationship it has between the microbiome and overall metabolic health.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

4 Consequences of Stress on Gut Health & Tips for Repair

Although stress is ubiquitous, there are ways to guide patients in managing it, including how it impacts their gut health.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Blue microscopic microbes
Gastrointestinal Health

Key Considerations for Rotating Probiotics

The microbiome is a complex ecosystem in which a diversity of species is required for a healthy GI environment.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

GERD: Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Treatment Options

Take a moment to reflect how many of your patients experience heartburn or prolonged coughing. More than likely, it may be too many to count. And chances are if these patients are experiencing symptoms more than a couple times a week...

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

Protection Your Patients Need for the Holidays: Effective Approaches to Neutralize Gluten

As the holiday season approaches, eating patterns are often unpredictable. Whether it is eating out at a restaurant or going over to a family member's house for dinner, unexpected foods may present themselves at unexpected times. Sure, your patients can be educated to identify and dodge problem foods that provide digestive troubles. Yet it is often overlooked how "safer" foods are prepared.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

Treatment Strategies to Support Patients with Low Gut Motility

Many functional integrative medicine practitioners would agree that a fundamental principal of their practice is to pinpoint the root cause of dysfunction in order to truly help patients. Yet, this is not always easy to do, and some patients can be more frustrating than others. Such is true for patients with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), especially if numerous approaches to remove unwanted bacteria in the small intestine provide unsuccessful results.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

How to Make Spore-Forming Probiotics a Successful Part of Your SIBO Treatment Protocol

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a rising area of focus in functional medicine. As microorganism levels in the small intestine increase, so does microbial activity, like fermentation. With these type of patients in practice, you may have seen that even healthy diets can cause gas, bloating, and intolerance to certain foods and probiotics. Such gastrointestinal complaints have been attributed to sensitivity, but the reason may be microbial imbalance in the small intestinal environment. As you know, the health of the gut relies on a balanced microbiota. Spore-forming probiotics can contribute to that balance by having a positive influence specifically in the small intestine, promoting organism diversity and immune protection.

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

Gastrointestinal Health
Gastrointestinal Health

Improve Patients' Quality of Life with Lifestyle Interventions for IBS

Almost everyone experiences these symptoms at some point. But when they are a daily reality, these symptoms become a significant burden in patients' lives. Patients often feel isolated and limited in their day-to-day activities; they don't know where to turn. As practitioners, we must try to understand the frustration these patients are experiencing and recognize that our expertise in pinpointing the root cause of symptoms will be the key to helping these patients. Examples like these are classic cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Joseph Ornelas, PhD, DC |

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