All Disease Begins In The Gut - Hippocrates

Love your gut microbiome

There are tens of trillions of microbes in your body. These microbes have tremendous potential to impact your health and diseases affecting your health. They help with metabolic functions, protect against pathogens, educate the immune system, and, through these basic activities, affect most of your bodily functions. 

Having a healthy microbiome, especially the microbiome in your gut, is very important. Signs that you have poor gut health include:

Here's how you can improve your gut health

  1. Minimize the use of antibiotics 

    Antibiotics should only be used for bacterial infections. The common cold, the flu and other viral infections should not be treated with antibiotics. Many antibiotics are broad-spectrum which means they are capable of killing all kinds of bacteria, both bad ones that cause infection and good bacteria that keep your gut healthy.

  2. Eat more vegetables 

    Vegetables provide your body with the everyday nutrients and fiber it needs to maintain general health, keep the gut healthy and help your body's systems run more effectively. Vegetables in a variety of colors will help you maximize the nutritional benefits you receive from eating them.

  3. Add probiotic-rich, fermented foods to your diet

    Kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables, sour poi and kombucha are rich, natural sources of health-enhancing probiotic bacteria.

  4. Reduce your consumption of refined sugar and carbs

    Reducing the amount of processed, high-sugar, and high-fat foods that you eat can contribute to better gut health. Eating refined sugar and carbohydrdates can create an imbalance in the gut bacteria that is associated with increased inflammation.

  5. Lower your stress levels

Chronic high levels of stress are hard on your whole body, including your gut. Some ways to lower your stress include meditation, exercise, getting a massage, diffusing essential oils, listening to music, walking in nature, laughing, yoga, or having a pet.

If you need additional information or ideas to improve your gut health, schedule an integrative consultation at Kupuola Wellness Center by calling (808) 877-6611 or request an appointment online at www.drruidas.com

Author
Dr Lu'ukia Ruidas at Kupuola Wellness Center Dr. Lu'ukia Ruidas Dr. Lu’ukia Ruidas is a board certified family physician specializing in aesthetic and integrative medicine. A native of Maui, Dr. Ruidas graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2002. She also received further training in aesthetic medicine and is a Fellow of the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program.

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