Top 20 Takeaways from the 2016 SIBO Summit

Australia’s first SIBO Summit was held in chilly Melbourne on 8th October 2016. I had the absolute pleasure of attending and rubbing shoulders (well, almost!) with Dr Alison Siebecker, my favourite SIBO guru from the USA, Dr Nirala Jacobi, Naturopath and creator of SIBOTest, and Dr Jason Hawrelak, our very own Aussie probiotics advisor. As an added bonus to my recent 3-part SIBO blog series, here are my top 20 takeaways from the day that I hope can help you with your healing journey.

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SIBO SERIES PART 2: The Science (and Art) of SIBO Testing

We know that SIBO is hugely underdiagnosed and potentially responsible for up to 85% of IBS cases (1); people who are told that there is nothing identifiably wrong with them. But how can this be? Why is SIBO so commonly missed or overlooked? A big part of the problem has to do with SIBO testing; who to test, when to test, how to test and most importantly how to interpret the SIBO breath test results.

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SIBO SERIES PART 1: Is SIBO The Hidden Cause of Your IBS?

This post is personal. As a SIBO sufferer I am pretty passionate about getting the word out about this under-diagnosed IBS condition. It wrecked my life for 2 years, so I’m dedicating a three-part series to it, to give you the most up-to-date science and everything you need to know about what it is, and how to get started with testing and treatment so it doesn’t wreck yours.

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Paleo Lemon Tart

If life gives you lemons, make a paleo lemon tart! There is a lot of love for all things lemon in our family. Particularly the baked goods variety. This recipe needs a fair bit of honey and coconut sugar so it's not recommended for anyone with inflammation or who is in the early phases of a gut healing protocol. But it is gluten and dairy free, paleo and SCD-friendly, so for everyone else, eat up!

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Allergy Friendly Hummingbird Cake

Another celebration means another recipe creation! It was Father's Day here in Australia over the weekend just gone and Dad requested a challenge - Hummingbird Cake with lots of thick and creamy icing... So I delivered the gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, low-FODMAP and vegan version - just 'cause you're gut healing, doesn't mean you can't eat cake! And of course, it had to be delicious - Dad has a sweet tooth, after all.

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5 DIY Gut Health Tests That Will Cost You (Almost) Nothing

I talk about gut health a LOT... So you might be wondering just how healthy yours is. Especially because it has such a big impact on almost every aspect of our overall health, including our immune system, allergies and sensitivities, autoimmunity and even our weight. And while we can do proper functional lab tests to identify conditions like SIBO, Leaky Gut, dysbiosis and infections like parasites, candida and bad bacteria, there are a few DIY Gut Health Tests you can do at home to get an idea of the state of your gut health and see if there are clues about whether you need proper testing.

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UTI Treatment Without Antibiotics: My Natural Protocol

A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) sucks. They are uncomfortable, painful and make it hard to keep up with everyday life. BUT, they are beatable and the good news is you can successfully get rid of a UTI without the gut-destroying antibiotics I once thought were my only option. And, I am going to share with you my approach to UTI treatment without antibiotics that actually works. It's an all natural protocol that I use with myself and my clients with great results.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Egg-Free Baking

Rock-cakes suck. And when it comes to allergy-friendly baking, it’s not just the gluten-free flour making life difficult. Whether you’re vegan, allergic or intolerant, baking without eggs is a challenge for achieving the right taste and texture that will test even the most seasoned master chef. But it’s a challenge that can be won. So I wanted to share everything I’ve learnt over the last decade, through trial and (lots of) error to make the transition to egg-free baking an enjoyable and eggcellent experience!

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Allergy Friendly Pancakes - Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free!

It is safe to say that pancakes are by far my favourite breakfast food. Growing up, we would hit Mum up for pancakes at all special occasions - birthdays, christmas, school holidays, weekends, hump day, Fridays... This basically meant that I had to nail a gluten, dairy and egg-free recipe ASAP.  Here is an oldie, but a goodie, the world's easiest allergy-friendly pancake recipe.

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Traveller’s Diarrhoea: 3 Natural Supplements You Need To Travel With Confidence

Having travelled to over forty countries, including many in South-East Asia, Africa and South America, I (unfortunately) know a thing or two about Traveller’s Diarrhoea. Bali Belly, Thailand Trots, Montezuma’s Revenge... you name it, I’ve had it. Traveller’s Diarrhoea affects up to 50% of people holidaying abroad, so if you spend a bit of time overseas, chances are pretty high that you will get caught out at some stage (1). So how can you prevent Traveller’s Diarrhoea yourself naturally so you don’t end up wasting your holiday on the loo? Well, let’s find out!

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Adrenal Fatigue and IBS, the Hidden Connection

The term ‘Adrenal Fatigue’ might have been thrown around a lot lately but that doesn’t mean the actual condition isn’t very real and very debilitating. While IBS-type symptoms let you know that your digestive system isn’t happy, the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue make you feel like you are falling off a cliff. You are tired, completely worn out and can’t retain your usual energy levels, no matter what you do. Through my own journey, and those of my clients, with both Adrenal Fatigue and IBS, I’ve learnt a lot about the often overlooked connection between these two misunderstood conditions.

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Turmeric Latte - Gold Is The New Black

Two parts science, one part ancient medicine and whole lot of parts deliciousness, turmeric lattes are my new favourite healthy alternative to the old evening hot chocolate. And maybe for some, a valid rival for coffee? Too far? Usually I’m not big on hot drinks, a hang up from growing up in muggy Queensland, but I found a new love recently when we were in chilly Sydney that HAD to be re-created.

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Is a Gut Infection the Hidden Cause of Your IBS?

Have you ever followed a healing diet like Paleo, SCD, GAPS or low-FODMAP to control your IBS symptoms? You might have felt great for a while, and then found that your gut symptoms came creeping back. And you felt like a complete failure because these diets are supposed to control IBS, right!?! What if I told you that no matter how perfectly you stick to that diet it isn’t going to work on its own if a hidden gut infection is the root cause of your IBS.

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5 Steps to Save Your Gut After Antibiotics

While using antibiotics is never ideal, there can be times when they are absolutely essential. Like getting a UTI on day 2 of a 7 day boat cruise around the Galapagos! But don’t worry, if this is you, all hope is not lost. It’s likely to take time and little bit of effort, but there are proven things you can do both during and after antibiotic treatment to reduce the damage, avoid IBS flare-ups and follow-on conditions that come with having your gut destroyed by antibiotics.

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