4 Simple ways to improve your GUT health
If you’ve been experiencing digestive problems such as increased bloating, sensitivity to certain foods, gas, or cramps, chances are your gut is in need of a bit of care. With bad gut health also linked to autoimmune disease, mental health problems like anxiety and depression, as well as food allergies, good gut health should be prioritized as a key part of your overall health.
Here are easy and simple 4 steps to take to work towards a healthier gut!
Increase plant-based fibre intake
We all know fibre is good for us, as its predominant function is aiding in regulating bowel movements, ensuring everything moves smoothly through our digestive system. However, that’s not the only function of fibre—some fibre sources are also prebiotics. This means that they feed the good bacteria in our gut. Foods high in inulin, a form of soluble dietary fibre naturally found in garlic, onions, lentils and oats, should be a vital part of your diet, though there’s a gentle balance to be struck with amounts. While eating sufficient fibre is important, it’s also important not to eat too much fibre, as it can result in loose stools and diarrhea.
Take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich food
Probiotics are important for gut health. It helps to create a protective lining in the intestines, as well as shields it against pathogenic factors, such as salmonella and E.coli. It’s also proven to increase antibodies and lead to a stronger immune system.
Reduce refined-sugar intake
Refined sugar has a detrimental side-effect in many situations, but here’s one other reason you should remove it from your diet if you haven’t already. Refined sugars have been linked to Candida, as the sugar stimulates the growth of bad bacteria and fungus, that eats away at your gut lining. Too much fructose has also been found to have an inflammatory effect on the gut lining, leading to chronic illnesses like leaky gut, SIBO, and Crohn’s disease.
Manage your stress
Ever heard of the brain-gut connection? Turns out our gut is actually sensitive to emotion, meaning that what we feel can actually be “felt” in our gut—this is why we can feel butterflies in our stomach! The connection goes both ways so a person’s gut distress could be the cause or the product of stress or mental health problems. Excess anxiety has also been linked to reducing the diversity of bacteria in the gut, as well as harming the good bacteria. Exercise, meditation, and aromatherapy are great ways to reduce and manage stress.
It’s important to note while these are all steps to aid in better gut health, remember to make gradual lifestyle changes in order to make them sustainable and to not shock your system.
PCOS Awareness Month – 2017
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women. It affects 6-10% of reproductive aged women. It often develops around puberty it can persist for years. A classic case of PCOS presents with obesity, acne or facial hair growth, polycystic ovaries (cysts on the ovaries), elevated levels of androgens including testosterone and absent or irregular menstrual cycles; however, many women with PCOS have only a few of these symptoms.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
To make a diagnosis, your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms and perform tests to rule out other possible conditions. Your doctor will perform a physical and pelvic examination to look for signs of PCOS.
Blood tests to measure sex hormone levels are typically ordered, as well as:
- thyroid function tests to determine how much of the thyroid hormone your body produces
- fasting glucose tests to measure your blood sugar levels
- lipid level tests to assess the amount of cholesterol in your blood
A vaginal ultrasound allows your gynecologist to create real-time images of your reproductive organs.
How is PCOS treated?
PCOS is a complex condition, and the road to resolving the hormonal imbalances that cause it are not the same for every woman. Practitioners, and women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, both agree that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach that balances hormones best.
The treatment will vary from woman to woman, depending on specific symptoms.
- Advice to follow a healthy diet.A healthy diet and regular exercise are recommended for all women with PCOS, particularly those who are overweight. This can help to regulate your menstrual cycle and lower your blood glucose levels.
- Anti-androgens drugs that reduce male hormone levels. These can help stop excess hair growth and reduce acne. Diabetes medications may also be prescribed to lower blood glucose and testosterone levels.
Support Your Body Using Alternative/Complimentary Treatments
Some women with PCOS find relief from symptoms when turning to complimentary practices like chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and herbalism. These can help relieve stress and restore proper “energy” to the body, likely by lowering stress hormones and improving a sense of well-being.
While it might seem complicated, fortunately the best options for moving forward for women with different types of polycystic ovarian syndrome is a holistic approach when doctor focusing on all aspects of health: mainly eating a balanced diet, maintaining an appropriate body weight, and eliminating as much physical and psychological stress as possible.
There are many natural herbs, nutrients and supplements recommended to help women with PCOS. The goal of herbal medicine might include: reducing circulating androgens, optimizing ovarian function, and supporting optimal endocrine function.
Nutritional therapies can help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce circulating androgens, improve ovarian function, improve fertility, reduce risk of heart disease, and support liver detoxification of estrogens.
Whole body detox program with colon hydrotherapy, restoration of friendly intestinal flora improved diet, activity and weight loss is focused on underlying causes of metabolic syndrome to improve cell’s insulin sensitivity, normalize acid-alkaline balance, replenish the body with vital nutrients, and decrease the amounts of toxins, yeast and parasites
Depending on your specific symptoms an individualized treatment plan can be tailored to your specific health needs.
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