5 Natural Strategies to Improve Gut Health
Everyone knows that digestion happens in the gut, but most people are unaware that this function affects immunity and disease. When your gut health is impaired, it can take a toll on your overall health – often leading to chronic illness and uncomfortable symptoms throughout the body.
In fact, there is often the occurrence of symptoms that seem unrelated to digestive health. Autoimmune conditions, skin problems, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and mood disorders are affected by how your digestive system functions. If you want to improve your health, then it starts with improvements in the gut.
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Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut
These are some of the most common indicators of an unhealthy gut:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Skin issues
- Bloating or gas after eating
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Mood disorders
- Frequently getting sick
- Thyroid imbalance
5 Natural Solutions for Gut Health
Taking medication to manage stomach acid or suppress gut health symptoms is just a temporary fix that hides the discomfort. These common medications don’t get to the root issues that are causing the ongoing symptoms. Our Functional Medicine team specializes in gut health and can offer a personalized approach that will support your digestion and improve overall function in the stomach and intestines.
Consider these natural remedies that can support gut health:
- Change Your Diet: Dietary adjustments are the most obvious way to help the digestive system. Your daily meal plan should be high in whole food ingredients and high-fiber fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it’s essential to avoid foods that irritate the gut, including sugar, gluten, dairy, inflammatory oils, and processed ingredients.
- Address Infections: It’s common for people with chronic health issues to have underlying infections that need to be addressed. A Functional Medicine provider can help identify and heal parasites, bacteria, mold, and other elements that might affect the digestive tract.
- Reestablish the Microbiome: Your body will always have both “good” and “bad” bacteria. But when the harmful bacteria grow out of control, it can suppress the good elements within your intestinal biome. Using probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented foods can reinoculate your gut with good bacteria, reestablishing the right balance within your microbiome.
- Balance in Lifestyle: Did you know that stress, sleep, and exercise can all affect the function of the gut? If you want to optimize digestion and reduce the impact of chronic disease, it’s important to look at all the contributing factors.
- Repairing the Gut Lining: Chronic damage over time can take a toll on the gut lining, which is why good nutrition and supplements are often an important part of the healing process. By improving your diet and addressing lifestyle modifications, you can improve the environment in the gut. The introduction of proteins, vitamins, and amino acids can provide the building blocks needed to reestablish a healthy gut lining.
If you need help with gut issues or any other chronic health concerns, then it’s time to talk to a Functional Medicine provider. Call Back On Track Integrative Wellness, Inc. to book a consultation: (916) 782-3141.
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Dr. Todd W. Bunning, DC, PC
Dr. Todd W. Bunning’s chiropractic and functional medicine services reach far beyond the local Roseville area, with webcam consultations available for patients in any location. With 17 years of Private Practice experience, Dr. Todd continues to focus on the individual: science-based methods to address whole-body health factors.
Dr. Todd’s education didn’t stop when he graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in 2003. Today, he’s continuing to receive training and is chipping away on numerous post-graduate degree programs. This unique blend of clinical health investigation and Lifestyle Medicine application helps people of all ages find the underlying factors that result in chronic disease.