Growing evidence suggests that autoimmune conditions can stem from poor gut health AND that many cases of POTS/dysautonomia are autoimmune. Even people without without autoimmune problems should prioritize gut health because growing evidence links it to numerous aspects of health, both physical and mental. So here’s a handy list of 15 ways to promote better gut health:… Continue reading POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help
Do you have trouble swallowing? If so, you are not alone. A 2015 survey of 39 POTS patients found that 41% reported swallowing difficulty (Deb et al., found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4365108/). POTS is not the only condition associated with dysphagia (trouble swallowing). A recent NPR story reports that every year 1 in 25 people experiences dysphagia, and… Continue reading Have trouble swallowing?
4 ways to save while eating better.
Over the years, our nutrition practice has witnessed countless people discovering three valuable lessons over Lent, and wishing they had internalized them sooner. Lesson 1: The loss is temporary. Giving up a favorite junky food (for Lent or any time) is hard....but only for a few weeks. Once a processed food loses its hold on… Continue reading Food Lessons from Lent
Before I get IVIg I like to eat a breakfast including some fresh salsa, guacamole, pesto, bruschetta or other food that includes crushed raw garlic. Is it because I want others to go running from my bad breath? Nope--it's because crushed raw garlic might have health properties to help prevent all three of my IVIg-related… Continue reading My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks
Nothing shows true love like food that is both romantic and healthy. Here are some Valentine's ideas to get you started: Breakfast: Flowering tea served in a glass mug or wine glass, so your Sweetie can watch it blossom Heart-shaped dallop of salsa on top of a veggie omelet Yogurt or oatmeal with berries shaped… Continue reading Valentine’s Menu Ideas
Our oceans are increasingly polluted, so maybe it should be no surprise that researchers found microscopic plastic in 16 of 17 samples of sea salt from all around the world. While they claim the small amounts of plastic shouldn't affect human health, I'm not taking any chances. We POTS patients consume more salt than others,… Continue reading Sea salt contaminated with plastic
Many of us try to eat lots of seafood expressly to be more healthy. The FDA used to recommend that most adults eat at least 8oz per week...implying the more the better. Not any more. Although they still recommend eating 8oz per week for its benefits to heart and brain health, they now recommend limiting… Continue reading FDA: Limit seafood to 12oz per week
Watching football (i.e., hours of sedentary snacking and high adrenaline) is the optimal condition for promoting blood sugar spikes, fat storage and inflammation, if you don't watch it. One way to reduce the risk is to do a good workout before the game, to deplete your muscles of glycogen. Another option is to choose healthier… Continue reading Super Bowl Snacks
It's important for POTS patients to know the difference between salt and sodium. It's easy to make this common mistake.