According to Biomed Central, the term “gut health” refers to “multiple positive aspects of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the effective digestion and absorption of food, the absence of GI illness, normal and stable intestinal microbiota, effective immune status and a state of well-being.” Johns Hopkins Medicine explains that digestive issues such as heartburn, gas, bloating, and constipation are often tell-tale signs of poor gut health.
However, the blog site, Maxliving, reports that gut health impacts far beyond the digestive system and in fact can be connected to almost every disease. Researchers have found that gut health also impacts your hormones and can thus be linked to a wide variety of health issues from acne, migraines, breast cancer, and prostate disease.
Healthline suggests the following tips to support your gut health:
- Lower your stress levels
- Get enough sleep
- Eat slowly
- Stay hydrated
- Take a prebiotic or probiotic – Consult your healthcare professional for high quality supplements.
- Check for food intolerances – Try to identify foods that trigger cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, rashes, nausea, fatigue, and acid reflux.
- Change your diet -Avoid high sugar, high fat, and processed food. Increase plant-based foods, lean protein and high fiber.
Learn more about gut health today as Chef Deloraine Wellington continues her Gut Health Series as part of Wellness Wednesdays at the Lauderdale Lakes Primary Medical Care Center Clinic from 11am to 1pm.
To schedule an annual physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.