Category Archives: Francie Silverman, Master of Science in Nutrition

Natrium Halotherapy (salt therapy). Breathe easier!

I’m excited to announce that my personal trainer has opened his own Halotherapy room in Columbus!

What is halotherapy?  

Put simply, it’s salt therapy. 

Halotherapy is a method of inhaling pure, dry, micronized salt particles dispersed into the air from a halogenerator. For more than 40 years researchers have shown that this type of therapy helps with multiple health issues including  acne, eczema, psoriasis, neurodermatitis, allergies, asthma, COPD, eczema, depression and other mental health issues.

I can tell you from my own personal experience that hanging out in the salt room clears my sinuses every time. In addition, I get a 45 minute nap…it’s like being at the beach…complete with zero gravity chairs and relaxing music for sleeping or meditating. The floor is covered with 3 inches of Himalayan salt.   Salt panels, dim lighting, and beach décor complete the illusion and give you a calm, comfortable feeling.  Pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride is pumped into the room with a halogenerator to saturate the room with negative ions to help alleviate stress and give you an overall sense of well-being.  Some of the most common comments following a halotherapy session are: “I can breathe”, “That’s so relaxing”, “I could stay in there for hours”.  

Interested? Check them out at or follow them on Facebook and Instagram to receive specials and discounts. They open on June 3rd and are running a special for the month of June for $15 a session (regularly $30). Tell them we sent you and enjoy!

Corn Allergy Food List

This list is intended for patients who are sensitive or allergic to corn and/or corn derivatives.

* Most common items that might not always contain or be derived from corn. Be informed and proceed with caution!


  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Aspartame (Artificial sweetener)
  • Astaxanthin
  • Baking powder
  • Barley malt* (generally OK, but can be contaminated)
  • Bleached flour*
  • Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
  • Brown sugar* (generally OK if no caramel color)
  • Calcium citrate
  • Calcium fumarate
  • Calcium gluconate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
  • Calcium stearate
  • Calcium stearoyl lactylate
  • Caramel and caramel color
  • Carbonmethylcellulose sodium
  • Cellulose microcrystalline
  • Cellulose, methyl
  • Cellulose, powdered
  • Cetearyl glucoside
  • Choline chloride
  • Citric acid*
  • Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
  • Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Corn alcohol, corn gluten
  • Corn extract
  • Corn flour
  • Corn oil, corn oil margarine
  • Corn starch
  • Corn sweetener, corn sugar
  • Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
  • Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
  • Cornstarch, cornflour
  • Crosscarmellose sodium
  • Crystalline dextrose
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Cyclodextrin
  • DATUM (a dough conditioner)
  • Decyl glucoside
  • Decyl polyglucose
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
  • Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
  • d-Gluconic acid
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Drying agent
  • Erythorbic acid
  • Erythritol
  • Ethanol
  • Ethocel 20
  • Ethylcellulose
  • Ethylene
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fibersol-2
  • Flavorings*
  • Food starch
  • Fructose*
  • Fruit juice concentrate*
  • Fumaric acid
  • Germ/germ meal
  • Gluconate
  • Gluconic acid
  • Glucono delta-lactone
  • Gluconolactone
  • Glucosamine
  • Glucose*
  • Glucose syrup* (also found in IV solutions)
  • Glutamate
  • Gluten
  • Gluten feed/meal
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerin*
  • Glycerol
  • Golden syrup
  • Grits
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Hominy
  • Honey*
  • Hydrolyzed corn
  • Hydrolyzed corn protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
  • Inositol
  • Invert syrup or sugar
  • Iodized salt
  • Lactate
  • Lactic acid*
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Lecithin
  • Linoleic acid
  • Lysine
  • Magnesium fumarate
  • Maize
  • Malic acid
  • Malonic acid
  • Malt syrup from Cornu
  • Malt, malt extract
  • Maltitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Methyl gluceth
  • Methyl glucose
  • Methyl glucoside
  • Methylcellulose
  • Microcrystaline cellulose
  • Modified cellulose gum
  • Modified corn starch
  • Modified food starch
  • Molasses* (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
  • Mono and di glycerides
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • MSG
  • Natural flavorings*
  • Olestra/Olean
  • Polenta
  • Polydextrose
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Polysorbates* (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
  • Polyvinyl acetate
  • Potassium citrate
  • Potassium fumarate
  • Potassium gluconate
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pregelatinized starch
  • Propionic acid
  • Propylene glycol*i
  • Propylene glycol monostearate*
  • Saccharin
  • Salt (iodized salt)
  • Semolina (unless from wheat)
  • Simethicone
  • Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
  • Sodium citrate
  • Sodium erythorbate
  • Sodium fumarate
  • Sodium lactate
  • Sodium starch glycolate
  • Sodium stearoyl fumarate
  • Sorbate
  • Sorbic acid
  • Sorbitan
  • Sorbitan monooleate
  • Sorbitan tri-oleate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum* (not all is  bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
  • Splenda (Artificial sweetener)
  • Starch (any kind that’s not specified)
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearoyls
  • Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar* (not identified as cane or beet)
  • Threonine
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
  • Treacle (aka golden syrup)
  • Triethyl citrate
  • Unmodified starch
  • Vanilla, natural flavoring
  • Vanilla, pure or extract
  • Vanillin
  • Vegetable anything that’s not specific*
  • Vinegar, distilled white
  • Vinyl acetate
  • Vitamin C* and Vitamin E*
  • Vitamins*
  • Xanthan gum
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast*
  • Zea mays
  • Zein

Got Bloat? It might be SIBO.

The small intestine… ground zero for SIBO

So what is SIBO?

Everyone experiences gas and bloating at some point, right? But what if it just doesn’t go away? The embarrassing rumble in your stomach, uncomfortable distention in your abdomen , and unpredictable trips to the bathroom… it’s all frustrating and painful… and it might actually have a name – Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth, or SIBO. Simply put, SIBO is a chronic overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.  These bacteria normally live lower in the gastrointestinal tract but can migrate into the small intestine given the right set of conditions. Once these bacteria migrate, they feed on carbohydrates, which causes a fermentation, which in turn releases a gas – hydrogen, methane, and hydrogen sulfide. This is what causes gas and bloating after meals.

Symptoms of SIBO

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Abdominal distention
  • Abdominal bloating after meals
  • Unusually loud rumbling noises
  • Flatulence

What Causes SIBO?

The cause of an individual case of SIBO can be hard to determine. SIBO is not an independent diagnosis, because something causes it (most commonly IBS).  Causes can include:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Nerve damage
  • Sloppy ileocecal valve,
  • Dysfunctional migrating motor complex (MMC) – chief contributor to SIBO
  • Certain infections such as food borne illness or H. pylori
  • Antibiotics
  • Acid reducing drugs
  • Opioid use
  • A variety of problem foods – including foods that are high in refined carbohydrates or inhibit carbohydrate digestion
  • Insufficient fasting time between meals
  • Low thyroid function
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper sleep habits

MMC – The Body’s Conveyor Belt

Our gut relies on nerves, muscles, enzymes, and neurotransmitters to properly digest food. Enzymes mainly break down our food while the nerves, muscles and neurotransmitters physically move the food through our digestive tract from the stomach to the small intestine and on to the colon. This movement is referred to as migrating motor complex (MMC). One of the chief contributors to the onset of SIBO is dysfunctional MMC. MMC can become dysfunctional for a variety of reasons, including nerve or muscle damage, bowel disorders such as IBS, scarring, physical obstruction, or even the influence of certain medications.

Dysfunction on the conveyor belt = pileup!

It’s important to understand how central healthy MMC function is to correcting SIBO. Think of MMC as the baggage carousel at an airport. When it’s working as designed, bags are loaded up, continue down the conveyor belt, and move on to the carousel . That’s where we pick them up and take them where they need to go. But we’ve probably all seen what happens when something in the system malfunctions – bags come out too fast, the belt slows down or stops moving all together, then baggage piles up, there is confusion, and no one gets what they need. The same thing is true in the case of dysfunctional MMC. The body’s conveyor belt slows down or stops, food and bacteria pile up in the wrong place and bacteria overgrows in the small intestines where it doesn’t belong . Just like at the airport, the body’s “baggage” doesn’t move on to where it’s needed – resulting in very unhappy, confused intestines.

Testing for SIBO

When SIBO is present, hydrogen and potentially methane are created as a result of the bacteria feeding on carbohydrates. Both gasses are excreted in the breath. which makes a breath test an accurate tool for SIBO screening. The test kit used by Leaves of Life allows patients to gather breath samples at home and results are usually confirmed within a week.

Treating SIBO

As with most conditions, it’s important to consult a trained professional to diagnose and treat SIBO. Treatment plans are unique to each patient and have a variety of components including probiotics, fermented foods, fiber, biofilm disruption, antibacterials, and even prescription antibiotic therapy. Francie Silverman, Lifestyle Coach and Wellness Educator, has developed a SIBO treatment protocol that can be customized to patient needs and adapted as the symptoms of SIBO improve.