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his month’s article, “Funny Tummy,” by Kath- leen Barnes, is one of my favorites. As I have mentioned in the past, digestive issues are something I have known all too well. Because an estimated 60 million people in the U.S. are suffering from IBS, I’m sure many of you know exactly how difficult it can be to suffer with this syndrome. Although I worked with a naturopath for almost a year to help me get my digestion back on track, I still must watch what I eat—gluten, sugar, dairy or alcohol can make me feel sick—usually after a vaca- tion where I have overindulged in all of these items. I am usually sick to my stomach with bloating and abdominal pain, and it can take me anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to start feeling better.

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I usually follow a Candida diet, which can be strict, but it helps with my symptoms very quickly. There are several Candida diets out there with differ- ent types of restrictions. I find that the best one for me is very simple: organic, lean protein with green leafy vegetables diet—no carbs, no fruit, no sugar, no alcohol, no nuts, no dairy, no grains and no legumes. It sounds restrictive, but it really does help me.

I gradually add back in legumes, grains and low-sugar fruits once I am feel- ing back to normal. In many ways, this Candida diet makes cooking a breeze; broiled fish with fresh herbs and olive oil with a side of steamed greens or a roast chicken with sautéed asparagus. Omelets make a quick healthy breakfast, too. I am careful to select organic meats to avoid unwanted antibiotics in my body because many non-organic animals are given them on a regular basis to both treat and prevent infections and disease. As you will read, antibiotics can be quite problematic for IBS sufferers. I hope this article helps you on your own personal journey to wellness. Remember that Natural Awakenings is on your side. We’re not just another business; we think of ourselves as community partners with all our readers. Give us your feedback and ideas at Natural Awakenings, Hudson County NJ on Facebook or and please be sure to patronize our wonderful advertisers (really) and tell them that they reached you in the pages of Natural Awakenings.

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