Did you know the root cause of chronic health conditions starts with your gut?
We’re functional medicine experts at Palo Alto Mind Body, where we have a whole-body approach to wellness. M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, and our team understand the importance of having a healthy gut.
Your digestive tract runs about 30 feet long, traveling from your mouth down to your anus. The way it breaks down food and liquid plays a powerful role in your overall health.
Understanding how gut health works
We all have microorganisms that live on the inside and outside of our skin called microbes. Most of your microbes are in your gut, found in your small and large intestines.
With more than 1,000 species of bacteria in your gut microbiome, if you experience disturbances in your digestive system, your immune system can be compromised, which can result in overall health issues..
Ways to identify good gut health
When you eat food, your body digests it, takes in nutrients, and then expels the waste.
You can tell your gut is working properly if you have a bowel movement once or twice a day without any issues, such as loose or hard stools.
You should also stay free of constipation and rectal issues like hemorrhoids, excessive gas, abdominal pain, and bloating.
Unfortunately, your gut health can suffer because of various issues.
What causes your gut to suffer
When you have digestive issues, your gut health becomes compromised. Your gut can be affected by:
- The build of your body
- The way you manage stress
- What you eat
For example, studies have shown that stress is linked to IBS,
What an unhealthy gut looks like
Symptoms of an unhealthy gut include:
- Unplanned weight changes
- Food cravings
- Skin issues (eczema, acne, or psoriasis)
- Allergies (food, skin, and respiratory)
- Autoimmune conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and ulcerative colitis)
It’s hard to believe that so many of your issues can be tied to your gut. Thankfully, there are ways to keep your gut balanced.
Keeping your gut health balanced
When you have a consultation with our team, we help identify the overgrowth of bacteria, yeast, or parasites that are causing problems. We then use our expertise to advise you on supplements and specific foods that can help repair your gut. This includes probiotics, prebiotics, glutamine, and more, plus a special diet.
We also talk to you about lifestyle habits to help restore proper function to your gut. For example, making certain changes, such as adding exercise to your daily routine and carving out time to relax can help reduce stress and help you sleep better, which can improve your gut health.
To learn more about how to have a healthy gut, book an appointment online, or call 650-681-2900 today. You can schedule a visit at a location nearest you in the surrounding Bay Area, which includes South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and San Francisco.