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Cultivating A Healthy Gut

Did you know some bacteria are good for you?

Your body is a home for many different bacteria. Some can make you sick, but lots are working hard to keep you healthy. The bacteria in your digestive system, also known as your gut, play an important role in your overall health.

Your gut operates in a precise balance between the bacteria that cause inflammation in the body and the bacteria that fight inflammation. However, when the balance tips and the inflammation-causing bacteria gain power, that inflammation can spread from your gut to other parts of your body via the bloodstream. Use of antibiotics can also cause the balance of power to shift, so after a course of antibiotics, the good bacteria are also minimized.

Gut health can affect your immune system and mood, and influence your risk for chronic diseases. It’s even connected to neurological conditions like dementia.

Symptoms of poor gut health include frequent stomach pain, bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. But even if you don’t experience these symptoms, your gut may still contain bacteria that are working against your good health, so actively maintaining equilibrium is important.

Tips for cultivating a healthy gut:
  • Take your time when you eat. Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly helps your body process each possible nutrient.
  • Add fermented foods like yogurt, miso, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi to your diet. These are all excellent sources of probiotics, the live good bacteria your gut needs.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough fiber. Your gut health will benefit from fruits, and legumes, along with pro- and prebiotic supplements. When you’re doing your next grocery run, grab some berries, peas, Brussels sprouts, bananas, and leafy greens. Plus, opt for whole grain bread or rice for even more fiber.
  • Take care of your whole self. Digestive health impacts and is impacted by other factors like weight, stress management, and sleep.

Because everyone’s gut is unique, needs and health strategies will vary. Talk with your doctor about what you can specifically do to improve your gut health.

Roseman Medical Group provides quality, empathic, patient-centered care. Our primary care providers are dedicated to your health and well-being. Contact us at 702-463-4040 to schedule an appointment.

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