The Way To Genuine Health Is Gut Health

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What is “good- health?” Being healthy identifies a well-functioning immune system.

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Where does the immune system reside?

Our “gut” area is the home of our immune system and the pathway where we process food and liquids, called the Gastrointestinal tract or GI tract. Most chronic health problems are related to digestive health, including autoimmune diseases. With this in Mind, building our immune system health focuses directly on “gut restoration” from a major health concern identified as “leaky gut.” Leaky gut means that the gut lining is damaged and cannot function as a barrier . The holes become larger and allow harmful substances like gluten, bad bacteria, and undigested food particles to enter your system and cause considerable damage to your health

The “Institute For Functional Medicine” has a researched framework for gut restoration using five Rs:

-Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair, Rebalance-

-Get rid of things that negatively affect the GI tract. This leads to an elimination diet to find out, establish and eradicate foods causing GI symptoms.
-Add back aspects that strengthen gut health like enzymes and acids required for proper digestion.
-Helps beneficial bacteria flourish by ingesting probiotic foods or supplements, learning the difference between “probiotics” (good bacteria that balance gut flora) and “prebiotics” (food sources that feed and stimulate probiotic bacteria) and applying both appropriately.
-Help the lining of the GI tract repair itself by supplying key nutrients in the gut, such as zinc, antioxidants (like vitamin A, C and E), fish oil, amino acids.
It is important to pay attention to the choices in your lifestyle. Sleep, exercise and stress can affect the GI tract. Balancing those activities is important to an optimal digestive tract.

*Once educated, researched and empowered with knowledge of the unique chemical balance and the vital role in our digestive system, we can get to a peak health standard of living well worth the investment. The effects on our gut-health become noticeable internally and externally raises our quality.

For more information on how to keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy, call Meridian Medical Associates at (240) 766 4552, or schedule a online consultation with our nutritionist Rechelle Salazar.

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