June 17, 2024

How to strengthen your gut to improve your health

Most of us don’t seem to know much about our gut health.

A new survey from MDVIP shows that 85% of people fail a survey when it comes to digestion. The same survey shows that two-thirds of adults suffer from recurring digestive issues, but don’t talk to their doctor about it.

So we’re sharing some tips to bring awareness and hopefully help strengthen your digestive tract with some lifestyle changes.

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Since the gut affects every organ in the body, it is important to understand what the gut is all about. It involves the entire gastrointestinal system: stomach, intestines and colon. Its function is to digest and absorb nutrients from food and then excrete waste.

Warning doctors, problems with the gut can be disastrous for your health.

“An unhealthy gut can increase your risk for things like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Andrea Klements, MDVIP’s Chief Medical Officer. That stands for doctor medicine, value, and prevention, a national network of 1,100 doctors in the US that focuses on personalized preventive medicine. They now serve nearly 400,000 patients and have a 97% satisfaction success rate among their patients.

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They want to raise awareness that most of our immune system is in our gut! When it’s off, it can cause everything from abdominal pain to bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, brain fog, moodiness, and fatigue.

“We have good and bad bacteria, we’ve heard the words gut microbiome, so those good bacteria have to be more important than the bad to have a healthy gut,” explains Dr. Klements.

She also says that something as simple as food sensitivities can affect the gut, even food that’s normally healthy, so she recommends food allergy testing, then eliminating foods you’re allergic or sensitive to. You may also want to consider eliminating other foods.

“Getting rid of something bad like processed food, sweets, or sugar can really make you feel better,” says Dr. Clements.

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She also warns about common treatments that can destroy the gut.

“Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria that are causing your infection, but they kill those good bacteria in the gut. So it will make it unbalanced and cause some of those GI symptoms, but they can cause more chronic inflammation give you long-term also, not only. antibiotics but also foods; if you have a food sensitivity, something like that,” says Dr. Klements.

For prevention, most doctors now recommend taking a probiotic supplement while taking antibiotics, and many foods can help as well.

“Probiotics are good bacteria, so if you eat more yogurt, fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, they will replenish and add more good bacteria. Then there are prebiotic foods, which are foods that feed the good bacteria, which are things like garlic, onions, asparagus, and oats,” says Dr. Clements.

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Bowel issues can affect lifestyles in many ways.

“Among people under 45 (years of age), 40% of people said they avoid sex because of GI issues and 30% said it greatly affects their quality of life, so there is much more we need more education! People don’t have to suffer. in silence, and if their doctor doesn’t seem to understand, you need to find another doctor. We also found that most women in the survey that they felt their doctor was unemployed,” says Dr Klements.

She tells us that MDVIP is a cash claim only, but says they work well with and raise with commercial health insurance companies and Medicare.

To find out how much you know about your gut, you can take the gut IQ quiz:

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