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Trust your gut.
October 19, 2018
Taking a look at gut health and immunity
Fall is here, Winter is coming, have you been considering different ways to improve your immunity and prevent illness? The doctors here at Suvarna Chiropractic have been taking extra care to educate ourselves about more than just your muscles and joints – holistic healthcare means taking a look at the whole body and how everything works together!
The subject today is gut health – a complex subject based on research that demonstrates links between the gut and the immune system, skin, hormones, and overall wellness. Diversifying and improving your gut microbiome is extremely beneficial and important to both digestion and immunity, so we put together a few tips and tricks to help you navigate the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy gut and what you can do to improve it.
Signs that you might need to be more careful about your diet and focus on your gut health include:
-Upset stomach: bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or general discomfort are all things that could be indicative of an imbalance
-High sugar or alcohol diet: bacteria that feed on sugars and other processed foods can increase sugar cravings and make it difficult to focus on healthy eating and increase overall inflammation in the body, something that we are all trying to avoid!
-Unintentional weight loss or weight gain: A dangerous sign that can indicate a hindered ability of the digestive system to absorb nutrients and regulate metabolism
-Fatigue: Generalized fatigue can be caused by many disturbances in the body, but trouble sleeping, and chronic fatigue can be caused by a dysregulation of hormones that induce sleep and improve mood. If there is gut damage, production of these important hormones could be reduced.
-Skin conditions: Acne, eczema, discoloration, and other inflammatory skin conditions can all be related to a damaged gut. Also known as “leaky gut syndrome”, damage to the stomach and intestinal lining can lead to a leaking of certain proteins into the bloodstream, eventually being excreted by the skin leading to irritation and inflammation
-Autoimmune conditions: Including Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and many others, an impaired immune reaction orchestrated by a damaged digestive system can cause attacks on your own healthy cells. Systemic inflammation can also cause unwanted reactions.
-Food intolerances: Poor quality of your gut bacteria can cause an intolerance to certain foods, or create difficulties digesting due to bacterial imbalances and lack of certain enzymes
So, what can you do to fix a damaged gut? Here are a few helpful activities:
-Chiropractic care: In addition to reducing pain levels and increasing range of motion, chiropractic care can improve organ function as well. Nerves that come out of your spine at certain spinal levels also control your organs related to these certain levels, so often an indirect side effect of chiropractic care is improvement with digestion!
-Acupuncture: certain digestive issues can also be improved with acupuncture points that correspond with the digestive system
-Make sure you’re drinking enough water: ½ your body weight = ounces of water you should be drinking every day
-Check for food intolerances and improve your diet: make sure you’re eating enough fruits, vegetables, and fiber!
-Get enough sleep: shoot for 6-9 hours every night!
-Lower your stress levels: acupuncture, massage, meditation, and even certain supplements can help better manage stress levels
-Take a probiotic: ask our doctors what would work well for you