Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Gut

"All Disease Begins in the Gut."

- Hippocrates

Even though I refrain from pinning all disease on one root cause, the health of our digestive system can be the root cause of a variety of health concerns. The digestive system, or gut, is the home of a variety of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in a harmonious balance. This harmony can be disrupted by stress, food allergens, toxins, poor diet, infections and more!

Have you ever felt like you gained 5 lbs by the end of the day because you’re bloated? Or experienced brain fog and fatigue after a meal? Or maybe heartburn? These are all signs that there is some sort of imbalance going on underneath. Making some positive dietary changes and using natural therapies can help alleviate such symptoms, instead of resorting to over-the-counter medications. Remember, some of the medications we use can actually cause imbalances in gut health.

When gut health is poor, one can also experience:

  • Mood imbalances

  • Poor immune system

  • Weight gain or resistant weight

  • Gas/Indigestion

  • Constipation/Diarrhea

  • Eczema/Hives

  • Poor Sleep Quality

A few ways to support a healthy gut:

1. Eat organic

  • Buy locally grown organic produce. Glyphosate in pesticides causes an imbalance in the gut environment which can lead to leaky gut and food sensitivities/allergies, like gluten intolerance.

2. Eat pre-biotic rich foods, like garlic, onions, leeks, and apple cider vinegar.

  • Prebiotics are just as important as probiotics. Probiotics are live “good” bacteria and prebiotics are the 'food' that helps good bacteria flourish in our gut.

  • Probiotics are a great for re-balancing gut flora but it’s important to ask your naturopathic doctor which one is best for you.

3. Eliminate food allergens

  • Removing foods that aggravate your symptoms will allow your body to start healing. You’re essentially removing the fuel from the fire.

4. Manage stress

  • Stress affects the entire body including the digestive system. Try managing stress though meditation, yoga, energy medicine, hanging out with loved ones, spending time outdoors.

An imbalance in gut health can lead to a variety of symptoms and health concerns since it is responsible for so many aspects of overall health. Naturopathic Medicine can help you discover the underlying causes of poor health and support your body through its healing process. If you are struggling with health concerns and are seeking further support to feel your best, let’s set up a time to discuss how naturopathic medicine can help you "heal the hole in the middle!"

Dr. Shama Patel is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and is board certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. She is not just a practitioner but also a patient of natural therapies. Dr. Patel is passionate about getting to the root cause(s) of dis-ease and using holistic modalities to help her clients get on the road to a healthier and happier life.




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