The gut biome and health connection: Natural ways to feel better
A healthy gut benefits you in multiple ways. The most obvious is that your body is processing your food effectively, and you aren’t experiencing any digestion distress. Unfortunately, millions worldwide suffer from frequent dietary distress.
Natural solutions for gut disease
Your diet and lifestyle choices influence the health of your gut “microbiome” – the environment of complex organisms that inhabit your digestive tract. It includes bacteria, microorganisms, fungi, and viruses.
The gut microbiome affects more than just your digestion. More and more studies show that the health of your gut bacteria has broad ramifications on your overall health, including your heart, brain, and mood.
The good news is, with some discipline and commitment, taking care of your gut doesn’t have to be complicated.
Clean up your diet
Avoid common trigger foods associated with your complaint. Alcohol, caffeine, fried foods, and carbonated beverages can aggravate anyone’s microbiome, so if you are experiencing frequent stomach aches, start with reducing or eliminating these.
More fiber and water
Fiber and water help to keep things moving through your system. Include fiber-rich foods regularly or consider a fiber supplement. An average adult should aim for 64 ounces of water per day.
Add back healthy bacteria
Probiotic-rich foods and probiotic supplements can help support and re-build a healthy gut biome. Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and kombucha contain active probiotics. Supplemental probiotics can target specific health complaints.
Taking care of your gut can give you a firmer foundation on a healthily functioning body overall.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.