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Gastrointestinal Health and Disorder

Maria was selected to be a preceptor at the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center. She is a Certified LEAP Therapist trained to help clients navigate a diet for food sensitivities, as well as a certified FODMAP dietitian helping clients relieve GI symptoms related to SIBO and IBS. She has attended lectures and workshops given by well-known gastroenterologists including Dr. Gerard Mullin (Johns Hopkins University), Alessio Fasano (Harvard University) and Dr. Mark Pimentel (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center).  Maria is all about learning everything under the sun related to SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth). She has attended all four SIBO Symposiums in Portland, Oregon and can’t wait to hear Dr. Mark Pimentel’s conference about SIBO in November 2016.

Maria has extensive experience counseling clients with:

  • Celiac Disease and Non-celiac Gluten Sensitivity
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation and Gastrointestinal Dysmotility
  • Diarrhea
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Loss of Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut)
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis)
  • Acid Reflux/Heartburn
  • Esophageal Disorders: Barrett’s Esophagus, Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Gall Bladder Diseases: Gall Stones, Bile Insufficiency or Reflux
  • Diverticulitis/-osis
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Pancreatic Disorders
  • And many others…

Maria also understands the gut-connection to seemingly unrelated diseases and disorders.  She focuses on how the state of her client’s gut might very well be part of the reason for other annoying and debilitating conditions (see below). And because of her experience and expertise treating eating disorders, she can is astute to how they affect the gut and impair recovery.

Conditions Affected By Poor Gut Health

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain/arthritis
  • Weight gain and weight loss resistance
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Brain fog and impaired memory
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and hormone imbalances
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • ADHD

Start Getting Your Life Back!

An imbalance in gut bacteria, the presence of parasites, yeast, or heavy metals in the intestine as well as pancreatic or bile insufficiency and plain old low stomach acid can impair our gut ecology. Food and environmental sensitivities develop when our gut lining is damaged and recognizing and removing sensitive foods can be one of the first steps to healing the gut. Maria will work with you and your doctor(s) as necessary to order the right tests and interpret results accurately so you can be on your way to feeling better and getting your life back!

There is no doubt that the food we eat can either heal or damage our gut. Maria will personalize foods and a gut healing food plan that is best for you. Working together with Maria can help you comfortably start eating right away.

A better gut means better health!
And better health allows you to enjoy life to the fullest!

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