lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivity

Do you have lactose intolerance or is it something more?

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Lactose is a sugar that’s found in dairy products like milk, cream, yogurt and ice cream. In order for lactose to be absorbed from our digestive tract, the small intestine must first break it down by releasing an enzyme called "lactase". Unfortunately an astounding 65% of the population has a reduced ability to break down lactose after two years of ...
2015 health goals

Your 10-minute plan to ignite 2015

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Lifestyle, Mind Body, Psychology 2 Comments

Happy New Year! As I sit here this morning, I am reflecting on how to make 2015 magical! How can I ignite this year with passion and purpose, experience greater joy and garner true fulfillment in my day-to-day routine? How can I find a balance between striving for more and relishing in the present moment? Where is the balance? What ...
Does milk really do the body good?

Does milk really do your body good?

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A large cohort study from Sweden was published this week that investigated the relationship of dairy in regards to bone health, cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Over 100,000 people were surveyed in depth regarding their diet and lifestyle choices from 1987 through 1997 and their health outcomes were monitored for an average timeframe of 20 years. The number of ...
Healthy habits for happiness

Five unconventional habits for a healthier, happier you!

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Health, Lifestyle, Mind Body, Psychology 2 Comments

When you think about improving your health, perhaps your thoughts drift to snacking on kale and sipping on green smoothies.  But how often do you reflect on how your mood and stress levels are affecting your health? Often we are so busy checking-off the items on our to-do list that we end up working on overdrive and feeling stuck in ...
gluten free diet and gluten sensitivity

Is there a supplement to decrease the symptoms I get from eating gluten?

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Hi Dr. Kimberley, I've never had issues with gluten until the last year or so (I'm now 53). While I don't get major intestinal distress, I do get some bloating. The biggest issue is that I get nasty bleeding blisters on my scalp. Is there a supplement that I could try to take that might minimize my reaction? Thank you ...

If you don’t have celiac disease can gluten still be the cause of your symptoms?

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Hi Dr. Kimberley,I recently got tested for celiac disease because I have had a lot of digestive problems and have been very tired lately. My doctor told me that the test showed I don’t have celiac disease. I heard from a friend that I might be allergic to gluten even if I don’t have celiac disease. Would this have showed ...
removing your comfort zone

Are you Living your Life on Repeat? Time to Climb out of your Comfort Zone!

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Most of us can accept that exercise is something that we should strive to incorporate into our daily lives.  Invest some time and energy into a daily kettlebell, yoga or interval training session and you can proudly show off your toned abs and dominate that next fitness competition. Take a month planted on the couch to play video games or ...
Taking responsibility for your health

The First Step in Reclaiming your Health and Living your Best Life

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Do you ever feel like you are not living life to it’s fullest potential or that you are accepting “good enough” when it comes to your health? Do you dream about feeling fit and healthy, but feel your waistband tightening as you watch the numbers on the scale climb? Perhaps you feel as though you are lacking control in your ...
Tackling information overload - fact vs fiction

Tackle Information Overload and Take Ownership of your Health

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Lifestyle 2 Comments

Have you ever read an article touting the latest and greatest superfood, only to later watch the news and hear that same food might actually be harmful to your health? Or maybe you read a newspaper headline stating "Build unbeatable bones with dairy".  Meanwhile the health magazine you just bought poses the question: "Does dairy cause osteoporosis?". You watch a ...