Digestive Health

How Much Can You Cheat On Your Diet? (and get away with…)

Saturday Apr 22 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Local Market in French Polynesia We all have our definition of what is an ideal diet and lifestyle. For me, it’s pretty simple: a plant-based diet ... more »

2 NEW CELIAC TRIGGERS: IS THE HIDDEN TRUTH MORE COMPLICATED?

Friday Apr 14 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Who is not familiar with gluten, the protein in wheat that causes severe digestive complaints? In fact, gluten triggers severe reactions for the ... more »

How to Hack Your Astonishing Microbiome

Friday Dec 16 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What is the most exciting frontier in human science? Thousands of scientists, doctors, medical journalists, and natural health practitioners agree. ... more »

Are Grains and Gluten Really Bad for Your Health?

Tuesday Oct 27 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

The gluten-free diet may be popular, but is it healthy for everyone? Over the past few years, the gluten-free market has exploded. Between 2009 and ... more »

10 Ways to Get Your Gut—and the Rest of You—Healthy

Friday Jul 31 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Your colon is the doorway to health. The key to getting in may be closer then you think. I just swallowed a capsule containing 50 billion living ... more »

The Truth About the Seafood You Love

Tuesday Jul 21 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for you, but contaminants aren’t. Which seafood types are safest? Those healthy omega-3 fatty acids can potentially ... more »

Are Colonics and Enemas Helpful or Harmful?

Thursday May 28 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Just how often does your colon really need to be cleaned? I haven’t reached the age where I need to think about colon cancer screening yet, but my ... more »

How To Know The Biodiversity Of Your Microbiome

Friday May 22 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Want to know if eating fried cicadas or grasshoppers will improve your gut biodiversity? If you want to know what’s going on in your gut, get ... more »

Overdose: Are Pharmaceutical Companies Systematically Destroying Your Health?

Friday Mar 13 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In September 2004, Merck & Co. pulled Vioxx from the market. The press spun the headlines to make it look like Merck – a pharmaceutical giant ... more »

Is 10 Minutes of Daily Exercise Enough? Make Your Healthy Minutes Count

Friday Dec 19 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It seems that for health, the range of exercise—there’s always the proverbial range—is between 30 to 90 minutes daily for at least five days a ... more »

The Aging Gut: Do Probiotics and Supplemental Fiber Help Us Live Longer?

Friday Oct 24 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

One thing we know for certain, a healthy gut prevents disease and promotes longevity. As we age, all parts of our body get old with us, including the ... more »

Depression: A Mental Illness or Digestive Disorder?

Monday Oct 13 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Depression may have more to do with our “gut feelings” than we thought. After Robin William’s death in August 2014, the issue of depression was ... more »

Still Sick? When Going Gluten-Free Is Not Enough

Friday Sep 19 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You’ve gone gluten-free, but you’re still not feeling well. What gives? Every morning when I first come in to the clinic, I look at my ... more »

IBS and Abdominal Discomfort—Have We Incorrectly Blamed Gluten?

Friday Sep 5 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Why is it that after ten thousands of years of agriculture, we don’t know what foods work best? Bethany, a single mother of two, was in pain. She ... more »

Renegade Health Story of the Month: Laura Ricci

Tuesday Aug 5 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

Through a myriad of health problems including cancer, Laura hung in there looking for solutions, and found out she was a lot stronger than she ... more »

5 Health Benefits of Sauerkraut—Including Helping to Prevent Cancer

Wednesday Jun 25 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies show that compounds in sauerkraut may help prevent cancer, boost immunity, and more. A one-cup serving of sauerkraut provides about a quarter ... more »

Baobab—A Super Food from the Tree of Life

Wednesday Mar 12 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

The baobab fruit has three times the vitamin C of an orange, 50 percent more calcium than spinach, and a good supply of antioxidants—six times the ... more »

Your Brain on Bugs—Will Bacteria be the Next Treatment for Anxiety and Depression?

Friday Feb 28 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

New research suggests that certain types of probiotics may help improve your mood. First we had yogurt, then antibiotics, and then probiotics. Next ... more »

The Dangers of Antacid Drugs—and 7 Alternative Solutions to Heartburn

Monday Feb 24 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies show that regular use of antacids can cause a number of health problems. If you’re suffering a little heartburn and you’re on the go, do ... more »

Is Agave Syrup Good for You?

Friday Jan 24 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Agave syrup comes from the natural agave plant, but does that mean it’s good for you? Agave syrup, or “nectar,” is a commercial natural ... more »

What is pH Balance, and How Does Diet Throw it Off?

Wednesday Jan 15 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

A diet high in acidic foods can put a strain on kidneys, increasing risk of kidney stones and potentially, osteoporosis. Spinach is one of the most ... more »

9 Tips for Avoiding Botulism When Making Fermented Foods at Home

Monday Dec 9 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

If improperly prepared, homemade sauerkraut may contain botulism-causing bacteria. On September 11, 2010, the headline of the day in Canada read, ... more »

4 Factors of a Healthy Poop

Wednesday Nov 27 2013 | by Steve Wright

Does it look right? Here’s how to tell.It’s time to talk about poop in our society. Continuing to ignore this elephant is the easiest way ... more »

Your Anxiety Could Be Coming from Your Gut—Might Probiotics Calm You Down?

Monday Nov 25 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

Anxious? Depressed? You may need probiotics. That our mental state affects our digestive health is a concept most of us are familiar with. What’s ... more »

How About a Little Bone and Nerves with Your Chicken Nuggets?

Wednesday Nov 13 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

A recent study found chicken nuggets are less than 50 percent chicken. If you want a glimpse of what fast food is really like, just let it cool down. ... more »

Is the Gluten-Free Diet Really Healthy?

Thursday Nov 7 2013 | by Steve Wright

For many, this popular diet will only make symptoms worse. The rise in popularity of the gluten-free industry is simply staggering. SPINS, a market ... more »

5 Foods That Help Soothe a Crohn’s Flare-Up

Wednesday Nov 6 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

Bananas have a special fiber that can help block the transmission of bugs that aggravate Crohn’s disease. The idea that diet can affect flare-ups of ... more »

#2 Sushi Health Risk—Bacteria, with 10 Tips to Protect Yourself

Wednesday Oct 2 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

Sushi can be contaminated with bacteria and viruses, which can cause digestive issues. After talking about parasites in a former post, now it’s time ... more »

#1 Sushi Health Risk—Parasites, with 7 Tips to Protect Yourself

Monday Sep 30 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

Might that plate of sushi be contaminated with parasites? An informal poll by Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News showed that most doctors who ... more »

Sugar Wars: Should You Give Up Fresh Fruit?

Friday Aug 9 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Wait! Before you eat that apple—could you be getting too much sugar? As the sugar war rages on with fructose as its main target, natural fruits have ... more »

Can Probiotics Help Your Brain, Too?

Wednesday Aug 7 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

New research discovered that probiotics, like those found in yogurt, may help relieve stress and anxiety. A recent study has provided more evidence to ... more »

Should You Get a Stool Test?

Friday Aug 2 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

With all the research on gut health, should you submit to a stool test to see how you’re doing? What’s the next best step toward optimal ... more »

Carrageenan—Is This Additive Safe?

Wednesday Jul 3 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

Have you checked the ingredient list on your soymilk, pudding, toothpaste, or chocolate? You may find “carrageenan,” a food additive recently tied ... more »

Superorganism You: The Role of Gut Bacteria in Health and Disease

Friday Jun 28 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Your digestive health, and even your overall health, could be dependent on the bugs in your gut. Why is it that up until recently, medical theory was ... more »

Your Reusable Shopping Bag Could Be Making Your Family Sick

Wednesday May 29 2013 | by Colleen M. Story

It’s eco-friendly, but is it making your family sick? That reusable shopping bag you’re taking to the grocery store could be eco-friendly, but it ... more »

Outbreak of the “Gastric Flu”—Should You Be Worried?

Friday Apr 5 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Could this particularly nasty form of the stomach flu become a pandemic? The cruise ship virus jumped ship. After I moved to Florida, several of my ... more »

Coffee: A 5,000 Year Old Superfood Goes 21st Century

Friday Feb 8 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is coffee really good for your health? Is coffee good for your health? The answer is maybe. The 21st century buzz is that coffee stimulates and heals. ... more »

15 Natural Remedies for IBS—What About Raw Food?

Monday Feb 4 2013 | by Kevin Gianni

Doctors may prescribe medications for IBS, but natural remedies may work even better. Estimates are that worldwide, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ... more »

Why You Need Probiotics When Taking Antibiotics

Friday Nov 30 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Taking antibiotics can destroy your natural gut flora unless you take preventative measures. My mother was healthy, even as she got older, until a ... more »

Need Some Inspiration to Get Back on Track? Listen to These Healing Stories…

Thursday Aug 16 2012 | by Kevin Gianni

With Rev. George Malkmus back in 2009. Stories are truly what inspire me when I need a little emotional boost. (Also, when I just need to relax and ... more »

Your Heartburn May be Caused by an Infection: 5 Natural Ways To Heal It : Guest Author Donna Gates

Thursday Aug 9 2012 | by Donna Gates

If you’re taking too many antacids, you may be making your heartburn worse. As common as heartburn is, many people turn to conventional ... more »

What Are The Most Damaging Toxins to the Body? : Exclusive Interview with Dr. Alejandro Junger

Tuesday Jun 19 2012 | by Kevin Gianni

Are you cool about toxins like this guy or as crazy as I am? A lot of you asked for me to get Dr. Alejandro Junger, co-creator of the Clean Program, ... more »

New Science Shows Infants are Born with Gut Bacteria — How Do You Make it Healthy? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday May 4 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

New studies show that babies are born with intestinal flora already in place, which can greatly influence later health and personality. What goes on ... more »

Your Gut — As Damaged as the Earth’s Environment? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Apr 13 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are probiotics the answer to your indigestion? When I first started practicing three decades ago, we had only yogurt and kefir for gut repair. Things ... more »

Digestive Enzymes vs. Pancreatic Enzymes — What to Use for What : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Tuesday Apr 10 2012 | by Kevin Gianni

There are enzymes in that compost! After my re-posting of Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez’s partial interview from the Healing Cancer World Summit, I ... more »

Celiac Madness and the Gluten-Free Diet : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Mar 30 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are so many people really allergic to wheat? Separating medical fact from fiction is one of the roles of any good clinician. It helps to have a ... more »

How Do You Boost Female Libido, Plus Tips on How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

Friday Mar 16 2012 | by Kevin Gianni

Maca is considered a “hot” plant. I’ll let you figure out why… Alright, question time! I have a bunch of them from the last ... more »

Muña, The Herb That Almost Landed Me in a Peruvian Prison : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Friday Feb 3 2012 | by Kevin Gianni

Looks harmless right? Just wait… Alberto Fujimori, Joran van der Sloot… Kevin Gianni? No, I didn’t commit murder or crimes against ... more »

Acid Reflux? No Problem… (Plus, Two Other Resources for You) : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Monday Jan 23 2012 | by Kevin Gianni

You won’t get acid reflux if you eat at the Gerson Institute (Their spread for lunch!) It’s been a crazy day today… I almost thought ... more »

Detox Right! …Without Nasty Side Effects or Crappy, Half-Cleanses : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview

Thursday Dec 1 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

It’s no secret to you or I that some information that circles around in health communities is not always the best… For me, I tend to look ... more »

How to Ensure Your Probiotics Are Working For, Not Against You : Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Nov 23 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Getting enough fiber is necessary for building strong probiotic colonies. Consume at least 20-25 grams daily, and more if you have digestive ... more »

Do Bacteria Survive Your Stomach Acid, The Difference Between Fermenting and Rotting, Plus More Fermented Food Q & A : Exclusive Excerpt from “Cultured: How to Make Healthy Fermented Foods at Home”

Friday Sep 23 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Whatever you… make sure you never, never, never, make this face when someone is taking a photo of your presentation. (Eucalyptus Speaker Series, ... more »

Inflammation a Problem? Try Fermented Foods. (Plus 2 More Reasons to Eat Them!) : Excerpt from “Cultured: Make Health Fermented Foods at Home”

Thursday Sep 22 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

I have no idea what we’re looking at, but there is apple chicha in the pitcher (a fermented drink.) This excerpt is from our new book ... more »

Will Hydrochloric Acid Supplements Make the Body More Acidic? : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

Thursday Sep 1 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Interviewing Mr. Alkaline Diet himself… Dr. Robert O. Young. Today, I’m experimenting with breaking down my normal 2-3 question Q & A ... more »

Will Hydrochloric Acid Supplements Make the Body More Acidic? : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

Thursday Sep 1 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Interviewing Mr. Alkaline Diet himself… Dr. Robert O. Young. Today, I’m experimenting with breaking down my normal 2-3 question Q & A ... more »

I Thought I Could Eat Fat and Carbohydrates, What Gives? : Renegade Health Exclusive Article

Wednesday Jul 13 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Annmarie and Philippa enjoying the sunrise – unworried about proper food combining. At the end of last week, I published 5 rules for food ... more »

The Colon: The Forgotten Organ System : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jul 13 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Trillions of bacterial cells live in our gut. This microbiome of flora have beneficial effects on resisting viral and bacterial infection, lowering ... more »

Kev’s 5 Food Combining Rules : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Friday Jul 8 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Food Combining Grade: D. Taste Grade: A+. I’m sure you’ve heard of food combining before… If not, it’s a practice where you ... more »

What Foods and Supplements Improve Digestion? : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

Wednesday Jun 22 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Tarwi (tar-we) is a bean found in the Andes that is soaked for days before you can boil and eat it. If you ate them raw, you’d really have ... more »

Is Your Diet Making You a Recluse, Or Worse? : The 7 Things I Learned This Week

Monday Jun 6 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Traditional quinoa soup, vegetarian style. I know sometimes you feel like you’re left out because you’ve decided to eat ... more »

How to Fight Altitude Sickness, Stomach Bugs and Rude People : The 7 Things I Learned This Week

Sunday May 22 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Annmarie hanging out at Greens in Cuzco, Peru. In terms of a natural approach, we’ve got the stomach bug and the altitude sickness ... more »

Help, I Have a Problem with Gluten! Can I Ever Eat Wheat Again? : Renegade Health Exclusive Article

Wednesday Jan 26 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Walking in a winter wonderland earlier today… It’s snowing again in the Northeast! I do love the snow, but I also really love being ... more »

Can Your Digestion Determine The Foods You Can or Can’t Eat? : The Renegade Health Show Episode #749

Friday Jan 21 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Lot’s of questions today… In this episode, I’ll answer questions about protein powders, eating too much fruit, digestive problems, ... more »

Do These Products Increase Longevity or Work Any Better than Exercise? : Renegade Health Exclusive Article

Thursday Jan 6 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Since I talk about family and digestive enzymes, this picture is fitting for today’s article. I came to a pretty powerful realization ... more »

Do You Use Oregano Oil for Stomach Cramping? : The Renegade Health Show Episode #736

Tuesday Jan 4 2011 | by Kevin Gianni

Back to questions today! I have a bunch that include if you should use oregano oil for stomach cramping, what you should do if a friend has diabetes, ... more »

Did You Eat the Holiday Cookies? (The 7 Things I Learned This Week) : The Renegade Health Newsletter

Sunday Dec 26 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

It’s time to take control of what you do in life… maybe here is a place to start! I hope you had an awesome holiday… We spent it ... more »

Stomach Pain Gone Overnight (The 7 Things I Learned This Week) : The Renegade Health Newsletter

Saturday Dec 18 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

I talked a bunch about Mom in the post, so here she is with Aunt Donna and me. I’m beginning to feel like Saturdays are my most favorite ... more »

How to Tell If You’re Producing Enough HCL for Digestion : The Renegade Health Show Episode #629

Friday Aug 6 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

We’ll close out this week with a show on digestion and detoxification… In this episode Sean Croxton explains how to know if you’re ... more »

How to Get Rid of H-Pylori Naturally : The Renegade Health Show Episode #628

Thursday Aug 5 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

Today, I talk with Sean Croxton of UndergroundWellness fame about adrenals, digestion and how to get rid of h-pylori naturally… You’ll ... more »

Ways to Improve Digestion Beyond Probiotics : The Renegade Health Show Episode #583

Thursday Jun 3 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

Hey, don’t mind the poodle look today, it will be tamed by tomorrow… In this video I address a bunch of questions about alcohol, storing ... more »

The Five Tibetan Rites : The Renegade Health Show Episode #574

Friday May 21 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

We recently were turned on to the five tibetan rites again by Helen, who was a guest at Hacienda del Sol… She demonstrated them one morning and ... more »

Can Aloe Vera Improve Digestion : The Renegade Health Show Episode #573

Thursday May 20 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

This episode is not only about if aloe vera can improve digestion, it’s also about aloe vera and if it’s able to help produce HCl… I ... more »

Will Oil of Oregano Kill Probiotics : The Renegade Health Show Episode #551

Tuesday Apr 20 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

More questions today… First off, thanks for posting your comments on the MyStyle blog! We really appreciate it! Now on to the ... more »

Raw Fooders May Really Need More Protein – The Renegade Health Show Episode #536

Tuesday Mar 30 2010 | by Kevin Gianni

Low protein, low protein, low protein… But what if this weren’t exactly true. In this interview Donna Gates explains a massively important ... more »

Does Massaging Greens Increase Digestion and What the Heck is Liposomal Methylcobalamin – The Renegade Health Show Episode #121

Tuesday Aug 19 2008 | by Kevin Gianni

More questions today… Today I address some interesting topics for you! Here they are in no particular order… – Does massaging greens ... more »

What Do Probiotics Eat – The Renegade Health Show Episode #120

Monday Aug 18 2008 | by Kevin Gianni

Have you ever wondered what the probiotics in your stomach eat… Well, in this show I explain the answer and it may not be what you think! I also ... more »