Maintaining a healthy digestive system, or gut, can be the key to better health. Supports healthy immune system and nervous system function. An unhealthy gut can lead to digestive disorders affecting 60 to 70 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health .
Signs of unhealthy gut include an upset stomach, sudden weight gain or loss without lifestyle changes, trouble sleeping, and constant fatigue. An unhealthy gut, if left untreated, can lead to chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Optimal gut health is achieved when the bacteria in the digestive tract, which consists of the esophagus, stomach and intestines, work together without causing discomfort.
“The subject of gut health is a confusing and daunting subject for many,” said Dr. Carl Fawkes, Jr., board-certified gastroenterologist. “Fortunately, maintaining a healthy gut is easy and can be done by making good lifestyle choices.”
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Dr. Volks recommends the following lifestyle habits to maintain a healthy gut:
Intake of probiotics: Eat probiotics from naturally fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut to create a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
eat well: Avoid highly processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber such as apples, broccoli, salmon, and quinoa.
Regular exercise: Regular exercise helps improve gut health by increasing beneficial microbial species and reducing stress.
Hydrate: Drinking enough water is a simple way to improve gut health and prevent constipation.
Reduce stress: Reduce stress and inflammation in your gut by walking, meditating, or spending time with your loved ones.
“Incorporating these gut-healthy behaviors into your daily routine can have a long-term impact on your lifespan.” said Fawkes.
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