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Thursday
Jul232015

5 Factors That Influence Gut Health

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans suffers from gut health issues of some kind.

The human gut (a.k.a. intestinal tract) is the most populated ecosystem in nature and one of the most critical factors in our health!

Our gut bacteria stimulate the development of the immune system, help digest food, regulate bowels, produce certain vitamins and protect against infection. In fact , it was recently referred to as a “super organ” due to its diverse roles in health and disease prevention.

When the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut is disrupted, we’re at higher risk for a range of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, allergies and cancer.

Disease risk aside, gut health can influence our metabolic function and basic well-being. For many of my clients, it wasn’t until they got their gut health in check through dietary and lifestyle changes that they realized what feeling truly “normal” and healthy was like. Check out the following 5 factors (among many!) that influence our gut health.

 

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Sunday
Nov092014

7 Critical Steps to Re-Establish Gut Health

Ask yourself the following questions (even if you feel fine overall).

Do I take medications – including oral birth control pills? Have I used antibiotics in heavy doses or in the recent past? Do I notice fatigue or “foggy” thinking on a frequent basis?  Do I have skin problems? Am I depressed? Do I get frequent infections (e.g. colds)? Do I experience uncontrolled hunger, heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation? Have I been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition?

Your answers can beg the further question: what’s the state of your gut?

 

 

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Probiotics: Benefits for All Ages

Probiotics, although microscopic in size, provide a large and critical impact on our health and metabolism. Most of us are familiar with the probiotic-containing yogurts on the market, but do we truly understand their function and importance throughout our lives?

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Sunday
Oct242010

Worried about cardiovascular disease? Time for a "gut" check!

Evidence continues to mount showing the effect bacteria has in our digestive system play in our health. Research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that bacteria in our gut can directly impact the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD).(1) At one time, the theory about the development of atherosclerotic plaque was that it was a result of too much fat and cholesterol in the diet, but that theory has never been proven with research. However, research has shown...

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Sunday
Aug012010

Benefits of Probiotics

When you think about bacteria, what comes to mind? Germs? Illness? Health? Do you know health, fitness and weight management depend on the millions of bacteria in your digestive system? We tend to have the perspective that bacteria are bad, but in truth, there are many bacteria we rely on. Without them, a variety of health complications may occur. If your healthy bacteria levels are low, probiotics may be just what you need.

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