Do you struggle with gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, changes in stool or unexplained weight loss?
You may be one of the 60-70 million Americans who struggle with digestive issues like gastroesophageal reflux disorder, Crohn’s disease, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Or maybe you don’t have a digestive disorder, but if you live with a chronic health condition like heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, cancer, or even autism, you may also need to shore up your gut health to ease symptoms and improve your overall health.
According to WebMD, there are 300-500 different bacteria in an individual’s unique gut microbiome. Your gut bacteria are a mix partly determined by genetics and partly by diet and lifestyle. People with chronic diseases may have too much or not enough of certain gut bacteria, which means the gut environment may not protect them against certain ailments or provide enough anti-inflammatory support.
What can disrupt the balance of your gut health?
Making good food choices can help promote a healthy gut. Focus on high fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes and try adding fermented foods—plain unsweetened yogurt and kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are natural sources of probiotics. And the larger the variety of foods in your diet, the better your gut health will be.
If you are trying to control digestive woes, you might consider:
Ask your doctor about more strategies to promote good gut health and overall wellness.
February 2, 2022