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Springtime Health Tips, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 637

Springtime Health Tips, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 637

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Probiotics for more than Immunity, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 608

Probiotics for more than Immunity, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 608

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Summary of Digestive Health

Summary of Digestive Health

Written by Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND digestive

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com†

I have covered the most common digestive concerns that occur. As I went through this series, I wanted to get the point across that digestive health doesn’t just mean diarrhea or constipation. The digestive tract is one of the most important systems in our body. Not only does it process the nutrients we need to live, it also affects our immune system. Our digestive tract is impacted by every part of our daily life from what we eat to stress and even if we aren’t sleeping enough. Often times when we start to feel sick, we feel it in our digestive system first. That is why it’s important to “listen to your gut,” as they say. If there is any changes in our digestive system, it’s important to find out what’s going on. The symptoms and risk factors for the topics I discussed in this series have similar symptoms. Knowing what exactly is going on can help pinpoint exactly what will be helpful. Additionally, stress has a huge impact on the digestive system. If you’re undergoing stress, treating the digestive symptoms won’t be helpful in the long term. The same is true if there is any systemic medical concern such as diabetes. Doing a food log and matching it to a symptom log can help a lot. Every day for at least 1 week, write down what you eat and how you feel. Were you constipated? Felt gassy? Mark it down and it can help us determine if there are any food triggers. This is a fantastic tool to bring in with you when you sit down with a nutritionist. Along with a food log, bring a list of any and all medications, supplements that you are taking and any blood work you have. While every individual digestive issue has its own slightly different protocol, there are some things that are just important in general. It is important to know what’s going on since some things can have very different protocols. These are some suggestions I believe can be helpful.†


Elimination Diet

An elimination diet can be helpful in determining if there are any food sensitives causing the underlying concerns. I like to recommend doing an elimination diet after a 10 day food log.†

Castor Oil

Castor oil packs are amazing for reducing inflammation and pain in the digestive tract! (1) †


Reducing stress with L Theanine (2) , magnesium (3)  and even Hemp (4) which have all been found in studies to reduce stress ! Since stress is such a common risk factor when it comes to digestive concerns it just makes sense that eliminating or reducing stress would help the digestive system! See Invite’s L Theanine, and our extensive line of magnesium and Hemp products!†



Healing herbs such as the Demulcents have been found in studies to help with inflammation, pain, and even healing the digestive tract. These demulcent herbs can include the following: DGL, Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm and Marshmallow root. (5) Please see Invite’s G.I Maintain, Min Acid and DGL.†


Probiotics are so important and came up over and over again in this series! Probiotics have been found to have so many benefits in varies studies. Please see Invites Probiotic Hx, weight and our newest probiotic, Probiotic Women! (6)†

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes have been found to help with gas and bloating and breaking down food. In studies they help with symptoms of constipation among other concerns (7)†

As I said this series was made to discuss the most common digestive concerns. In some cases an individual may have gone to many doctors and still isn’t sure what is going on. Or you may have a concern that was not covered by any of the topics in this series. In that case feel free to email me or call me so we can discuss what is going on in more depth and find some suggestions that will help you feel better!†


  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/castor-oil-pack
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324120#:~:text=L%2Dtheanine%20may%20help%20reduce,may%20help%20lower%20blood%20pressure.
  3. https://chandramd.com/magnesium-deficiency-anxiety/#:~:text=Magnesium%20also%20plays%20a%20vital,magnesium%20can%20help%20us%20relax.
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6065514/
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27741164/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991651/


Is Prebiotic And Probiotics The Same thing? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 563

Is Prebiotic And Probiotics The Same thing? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 563

Ever wonder what the difference between prebiotic and probiotics are? Well today you can learn the simple difference with Melissa Bistricer, MS, RDN.

Immune System, Part 1: The Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 491

Immune System, Part 1: The Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 491

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, immunity has been on everyone’s mind. But how much do you know about the immune system? Learn about the basics of how your body defends itself from pathogens and invaders in this episode of the InVite Health Podcast.

Healthy Gut for a Happy Holiday Season – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 465

Healthy Gut for a Happy Holiday Season – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 465


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Keeping your gut healthy during the holiday season is key to making sure that your holidays are a success. We know that we’re often exposed to many different foods that we may not usually eat and maybe it’s prepared by people we don’t know. It’s important that we make sure we’re doing everything in our power to keep our gut nice and healthy during the holidays.†

How common are foodborne illnesses?

When it comes to foodborne illnesses during the holidays, that’s when we see an exponential shift in terms of how many Americans actually get ill because of different foods. We know that, throughout the entire year, foodborne illnesses affect about 50 million people, so it’s a very common issue that arises. When we look at the holidays, we can see that this really spikes.†


We have to think about the different reasons as to why this happens. We have to look at who is making the food. Are they handling the food hygienically? Were they storing them properly? Were they reheating them properly? This is important because bacteria thrives in these types of environments, so we want to make sure that our gut is ready just in case we’re exposed to something that is not exactly friendly.†

Maintaining the integrity of your gut

When it comes to making sure that our gut is prepared in the event we are exposed to things such as salmonella or staph infections, there is a triple nutrient defense that I always recommend. This would include laying down good, healthy bacteria with Probiotic Hx. This is a multi-strain probiotic that also contains prebiotic, which primes the gut for the introduction of the good, healthy bacteria.†

Then we look at the Nucleotide Complex, which offers nucleic acids that make up our DNA and RNA. When we think about our GI tract or gut cells, those have a rapid rate of division and turnover, so we want to make sure that we’re having healthy turnover and not have unfriendly cells continuously replicating. Having the Nucleotide Complex is certainly an immune-boosting nutrient to have on board during the holidays, not only in the event that we are exposed to a foodborne pathogen, but also for our immune defenses in general.†

We also want to include Grape Seed Extract. Grape Seed Extract has been shown to have these really powerful antibacterial properties to it. Research has shown that it has this ability to help fend off some of the gross things that we may be exposed to during the holiday season.†


All of these things matter to your health because you want to be able to make it through the holidays. You want to be able to have an enjoyable time and get together with friends, family and coworkers, but you also want to make sure that you can do this in a way that isn’t opening your system up for a potential gastritis or other gut issue.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses gut health and foodborne illnesses. She explains different ways that food can become contaminated and provides suggestions for nutrients that can help you keep your gut safe this holiday season.†

Key Topics:

  • The steps to take to help prevent foodborne illness
  • How nucleotides and probiotic bacteria help fight bugs
  • Research on Grape Seed Extract

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