Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Patients and friends of Vitality alike know the value of improving their gut health. Health junkies and those seeking optimal wellness have likely read countless articles about the relationship between gut health and conditions like depression, anxiety, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and autoimmune disease. We know what can happen if our gut isn't healthy, but how do we make or keep it performing optimally?
1. Eat the rainbow - The more diverse your diet, the more diverse your gut microbiome will be. In fact, Dr. McRae recommends having the ultimate goal of eating upwards of 22 different nutrient-dense foods per day.
2. Pay attention to stress levels - We discussed in a previous newsletter the connection between stress and digestion. You know the signs that stress is affecting your gut. Let's look into how to limit stress this week. Try 10 minutes of meditation, a quick yoga session, or simply sitting and paying attention to your breath.
3. Stay hydrated - Hydration is important for a multitude of reasons. You'll know you're drinking enough water if your pee is clear or light yellow. Take note of symptoms that point to dehydration like headaches, dry skin, and dizziness.
4. Talk to your doctor - Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine once said that "all disease begins in the gut". He was on to something long before modern medicine caught up. If you think you're experiencing any of the health conditions linked to poor gut health, it's time to talk to your Vitality provider. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll start feeling better.