Maintaining optimal gut, or digestive, health is key to better overall health and wellness. At LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness in Palmdale, California, board-certified family physician and registered dietitian Karen Marie Glover, MD, RD, uses holistic treatments to improve gut health, reduce pain, and lower your risk of illness and disease. Call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness for digestive symptom relief, or schedule an appointment online today.
Gut health pertains to the health of your digestive system. Your digestive tract breaks down the food you eat into essential nutrients, and helps your body absorb the nutrients to build or repair cells and produce energy. Gut health is linked with mental and overall health, which is why a fully functional digestive system is crucial.
Parts of your digestive tract include your:
Enzymes within the body help break down food, allowing proper nutrient absorption. Your body excretes certain parts of food, or waste, that it can’t use.
Your digestive system might not always function the way it’s designed to. Common health conditions related to your digestive tract include:
The cause of digestive problems and poor gut health isn’t always entirely clear. It can be due to genetic factors, immune system problems, chronic diseases, or stressors in your environment.
After carefully reviewing your medical history and completing a physical examination, Dr. Glover discusses natural treatment options that can improve your digestive health. Examples include:
Making dietary changes, such as eliminating certain foods from your diet, often help relieve symptoms related to digestive problems. Dr. Glover lets you know which foods to include in a healthy diet, such as high-fiber foods, lean proteins, foods with probiotics, and healthy fats. She might encourage you to avoid late-night eating to further ease discomfort.
Sometimes the ratio of good vs. bad gut bacteria becomes unbalanced. Dr. Glover may recommend herbal or other natural supplements, such as probiotics, to restore bacteria balance and improve gut health.
Smoking and excessive drinking can make digestive problems worse. When improving gut health is your goal, steer clear of tobacco products and eliminate alcohol, or drink it in moderation.
Getting regular exercise helps maximize digestive and overall health and wellness. A good goal is to work out at least 30 minutes most days.
Get plenty of quality sleep to optimize gut health. Aim for 7-9 hours each night by sleeping in a cool, dark room and setting a regular sleep schedule.
Being overweight or obese exacerbates digestive symptoms. Dr. Glover creates custom meal and menu plans so you can achieve or maintain a healthy weight and reduce heartburn and other unpleasant symptoms.
Your gut and brain are strongly linked, which is why maintaining a healthy gut is crucial for optimal mental health and vice versa. Talk with Dr. Glover about ways to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress naturally.
Don’t let poor gut health ruin your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness today or book an appointment online.