All food is ultimately broken down in the gut to a simple form that can enter the bloodstream and be delivered as nutrients throughout our bodies. This is only possible with a healthy digestive system.
A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that ward off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses and fungi. A healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which helps maintain general health and well-being.
“A healthy gut means you have a stronger immune system, a better mood, effective digestion that’s free of discomfort and a healthy brain and heart,” says Sabine Hazan, M.D., a gastroenterologist, founder of Ventura Clinical Trials in Ventura, California, and author of “Let’s Talk S—.
At some point everyone experiences digestive problems such as abdominal pain, bloating, loose stools, constipation, heartburn, nausea or vomiting. When symptoms persist, it could be a sign of an underlying problem that needs medical attention. Our gastroenterologists can test for specific conditions associated with your microbiome, like an overgrowth of certain bacteria.
How to Maintain Your Gut Health
Certain foods and healthy lifestyle habits can improve your gut health naturally. If you can follow a balanced diet, stay hydrated, exercise regularly and get a good night’s sleep—basically all the things you need to do for overall health. Staying healthy will help you maintain a healthy gut.
The same habits that are bad for other parts of your body—like smoking and excessive alcohol intake—can hurt your gut as well.
Foods That Contribute to a Healthy Hut
Typically fresh vegetables and fruits are excellent choices. Chicken and fish are preferable to red meats. Nuts, seeds and legumes like beans and lentils are excellent sources of both protein and fiber for the gut.
*NOTE* Avoid charring meats to reduce the risks of stomach and colon cancers. Avoiding excess caffeine, alcohol and fatty foods can control symptoms of acid reflux.
At The Center for Integrative & Traditional Medicine we seek the root cause. Our gastroenterologist takes time to listen to YOU! Our team focuses on integrating modern medicine, holistic practices and supplemental therapy to spark healing and to prevent disease.
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