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Why Should I Eat For My Gut?


Why Should I Eat For My Gut?

Eating for your gut will help you eliminate foods that inflame and irritate the gastrointestinal system which will help to improve digestive issues and reduce abdominal discomfort. The foods incorporated in the recipes are geared toward cleansing the gut, repairing its integrity, and replenishing the good flora for healthy digestion and elimination.

This cookbook allows you to take control of your health and use food to improve your current condition. My recipes are geared toward an easy-to-digest, anti-inflammatory diet that can help you relieve any gastrointestinal discomfort you may have. There are many layers to gut health. Diet is obviously a very important one, but there is always the possibility of dysbiosis, also known as the overgrowth of bacteria, yeast, or infestation of parasites.

In a healthy gut, only nutrients can pass into the blood. Leaky gut Syndrome occurs when the integrity of the gut lining becomes compromised and foreign particles can pass more easily from the gut into the bloodstream. This damage to the gut lining can happen due to toxins, pesticides, heavy metals, genetically modified foods, and medications. When foreign particles like bacteria, yeast, or food particles get into the bloodstream where they are unwelcome, the immune system will react.

Eat For GI Dysbiosis

Suffering from symptoms of gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, yeast infections, frequent urinary tract infections, hives, itchy skin, or sinus congestion?

Have you been diagnosed with Candida Overgrowth, bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, parasites, or skin conditions like hives, acne, or eczema?

Eat For Autoimmune or Inflammatory Conditions

Do you have symptoms that include constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, chronic joint pain, headaches, or explainable weight loss/gain?

Have you been diagnosed with autoimmune conditions like Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lupus, Diabetes Type 1, Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or Ulcerative Collitis?

Meet Dr. Nicole

My name is Dr. Nicole Rivera, I am the owner of Integrative Wellness Group and a practicing Functional Medicine Doctor in New Jersey. I grew up in an Italian household with Sunday pasta dinners and an obsession with breaded chicken cutlets. As most kids in pre-school ate ham sandwiches for lunch, the foodie in me demanded homemade chicken cutlets and mashed potatoes instead.  

When I was young, I followed my mom around the kitchen and picked up a few family recipes, like making a mean tomato sauce or what Italian Americans affectionately call “gravy”. As I got older, I decided to play with my mom’s recipes and “healthify” them. I realized that I enjoyed fresh, whole food cooking and was passionate about making healthy meals. 

Eat For Your

A paleo-inspired guide to reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and managing autoimmunity

By Dr. Nicole Rivera

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Your immune system will kick in an inflammatory response to foods like gluten, dairy, eggs, and nightshades (ie. tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, and eggplant). Your body will soon create a memory of these invaders through the production of antibodies. Your body will actually remember that these foods are foreign invaders and that they need to be attacked upon entering the body. This speaks to people who have food sensitivities, food allergies, and/or autoimmune conditions.

In autoimmunity, the memory component of the immune system can have a level of error. As the immune system attacks these foreign invaders, sometimes the immune system can confuse organ tissue for the foreign invader, which can allow an attack on an organ. Since some hybridized foods, like gluten, have been known to have protein sequences that resemble the tissue that makes up the thyroid. In this case, over consumption of gluten over the long term can trigger an attack of the thyroid.

There are many other factors that play into autoimmunity such as heavy metals, toxicity, and stress, but our focus is on foods that heal the gut to help repair damage to the GI tract and help you manage your symptoms. You must heal the gut before focusing on the organ that is being affected by the autoimmune attack. 

If you try upgrading your diet and your symptoms do not improve, see a Functional Medicine doctor in your area for proper analysis to understand your symptoms. Functional Medicine doctors use specific analysis such as stool analysis, neurotransmitter testing, heavy metal testing, blood testing, and autoimmune testing for a more accurate diagnosis.

I moved to California to attend chiropractic school and learned about healthy living, farming, and organic food. Shortly after, I started clinical chiropractic practice in Seattle, WA where I saw limited results in my high stress, overworked, nutrient starved corporate clients. Their physical bodies could not heal because of the level of chemical stress from poor diet, environmental toxicity, and lack of work-life balance.

I decided to leave my one-dimensional practice and move back to NJ to open a multi-faceted wellness center that offered chiropractic, functional medicine, and nutrition. I enrolled myself in the Institute for Functional Medicine to advance my knowledge of medicine, nutrition, and biochemistry. Upon enrolling, I became clear on my passion and purpose to help people heal through diet and lifestyle.

I decided to take my passion for food and knowledge of biochemistry and began to create recipes and meal plans to heal specific conditions. I had a light bulb moment to write a cookbook to allow all people, not just my clients, to start cooking differently to heal their body and start feeling good again.

From my kitchen to yours, bon appetit!

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