I am a functional and integrative cardiologist, I often look first at a patient’s gut health to shed light on the underlying cause of heart disease. What could the gut possibly have to do with the heart? It’s all about inflammation.
When our gut and digestion are on track, most of us feel pretty darn good. When they’re not, a range of gut troubles can make us feel miserable. Here’s some key intel on how you can start turning the health of your gut–home to roughly 70 percent of your immune system–around.
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Constipation. It’s uncomfortable, unpleasant and disruptive. And much as we don’t want to talk about it, most of us are troubled by it at one point or another. Constipation is, for better or worse, your body’s way of telling you that you need to pay a little more attention to what you’re putting in it
Much like your gut, your skin is also home to a thriving community of bacteria, or microbiome, whose job is to keep life and health in balance. Your skin is an essential protective layer, the first barrier between your inner physiology and the outside world
Inside your belly is a thriving bacterial world, an eco-system commonly known as the ‘microbiome.’ It’s filled with bacteria – trillions of them, in fact – all going about their daily business of keeping you well. Without you’re being aware of it, they’re busily breaking down food; extracting nutrients; producing vitamins and brain chemicals; fending off microbial invaders; protecting you from disease; and performing hundreds of tasks essential to keeping your systems functioning optimally.
If you know me, you know that I believe the path to wellness is through the gut. My approach to the gut is straight-forward: one: heal it by feeding it the nutrients it needs to keep gut bacteria in balance. You’ll be rewarded with sustainable health, vitality and a lot less trouble with chronic health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain types of cancer. the benefits don’t stop there. There is growing evidence indicating that a healthy gut also plays an important role heart health, making optimal gut health a potential a heart-saver. So this month, while everyone is talking about heart health, consider a few ways you can do something about it – and it starts with your gut.
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