Our Bodies Need Nutrients from Food to Function Properly. Simple, Right?

Simple, but not easy. It’s common for people to think “as long as I’m eating fairly healthy and taking supplements, my body is getting what it needs.” That’s just not the case. Eating a healthy diet does not necessarily mean good digestion and absorption of nutrients.

3 Truths About Digestion

  • Digestion is one of the most energy-intensive functions that the body has to perform—and it doesn’t just happen automatically.

  • Proper digestion of specific food groups (grains, proteins, vegetables) helps you absorb your nutrients. Without it, we have nutrient deficiencies and detoxification back-up.

  • Proper breakdown of food creates proper absorption of nutrients which is achieved with the right conditions, including having enough digestive resources—such as nutrients, enzymes, and gut-balancing supplements.

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Clients Come To Me With a Variety of Symptoms…

  • Acid Reflux

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety

  • Bloating

  • Blood Sugar Imbalances

  • Candida

  • Colitis

  • Constipation

  • Crohn’s

  • Cravings

  • Diarrhea

  • Eczema

  • Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gas

  • GERD

  • Headaches

  • Heartburn

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Indigestion

  • Inflammation

  • Insomnia

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Joint Pain

  • Lactose Intolerance

  • Poor Sleep

  • Psoriasis

  • Skin Issues

  • Stomach Ulcers

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

  • Yeast Overgrowth

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And Several Modern-Day Norms Contribute to Them…

There is more confusion than ever about what a “healthy” diet consists of. People come to me having eliminated gluten, dairy, or meat—and still aren’t feeling great. The truth is: each body is biochemically unique and digests food differently. Some foods that are seemingly “healthy”, such as quinoa, tomatoes, and bell peppers, may contribute to inflammation in the body for some people. What works for your neighbor or what is boasted by the leading health expert may actually be harmful to your body. Additionally, eating a healthy diet does not necessarily mean good digestion and absorption of nutrients.

A Seemingly “Healthy” Diet

The Standard American Diet

Red meat, refined sugars, saturated fat…it’s not hard to convince someone why the standard American diet makes people sick. Eating this way kills off essential bacteria in the gut, causes an inflammatory response and puts a strain on the immune system. Medical research shows that even those who eat healthier and lead an active lifestyle aren’t eating enough vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats to get the recommended daily nutritional intake.


Modern packaged and processed food is heated to high temperatures that destroy natural enzymes. After years of eating these foods, the body becomes depleted of enzymes and cannot make enough on its own to keep up with the demands of daily digestion. The resulting symptoms are gas, bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, IBS, among others.

Large-Scale Food Production Practices



Everyday Irritants

Household cleaners, detergents, excess perfume, automotive exhaust, indoor dust, mold, and other seasonal aggravators—when we breathe these in, they enter our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. The liver, kidney, and gallbladder (which work with the digestive system) have to filter those extra toxins, and that’s a lot of work. When undigested food particles enter the bloodstream, that adds extra filter requirements, so we are not further burdening the filtration system. It’s easy to see why people commonly experience “seasonal allergies”…runny nose, itchy eyes, red or blotchy skin.



Medications can be helpful in some situations, but many of them just turn off the symptoms and don’t heal the body. Additionally, many rounds of antibiotics can upset the bacterial balance of the gut and may create long-term effects on the digestive system. 



Digestive Specialist Renee Barasch Libertyville IL

Reneé Barasch
“The Tummy Whisperer“

Curious if Your Digestion Is Negatively Impacting Your Health?

Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, and each body is biochemically unique. I take an individualized, science-based approach to figuring out my clients’ unique digestive and nutritional needs and help them restore their bodies’ balance, naturally.

Helping people to feel better and empowering them to make choices that will better their wellbeing is my top priority.