Prescription from the wings-Hardwiring Holistic Health

How to Gut out Poor health – Over view

Ever  wondered about the term “GUT FEELING “.Can the Gut feel?  We will come to that in a minute

A long time ago, when I started practicing primary care back in the United States, I did so the same way most doctors do: by hearing what patients complain of their poor health (maybe a cough, cold, headache, anxiety, stress, etc.) and prescribing them a quick pill to pop. Results are visibly effective with both parties getting what they want   and seeing less of each other. 😉

Heals in the short-term? Yes. Long-term? Not always.

Let me explain. 

 To the “good health” seekers. Gut works! Over the years of staying connected and updated, I have learned to appreciate the wonderfully designed body we humans have and its capacity to self-heal. 

A solid awareness of what is entering and exiting your gut must always be an important consideration. Many of my patients in the US come to me with anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Sadly, it is to do with their SAD or Standard American Diet (no pun intended) and their lifestyle.

  • Gut health has significant relevance in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, metabolic syndromes, and behavioral health.
  • Prebiotics and probiotics create better environs for a healthy gut.
  • Natural home remedies, via good gut health, can help with weight loss, metabolic syndrome, and related disorders such as Diabetes Mellitus and high Cholesterol.

Now we will dig deeper into some of these conversations and my personal experience.  

How to gut out poor health – Part 2

Two sodas a day keeps good health away.

That was perhaps the unconscious mantra one of my patients lived by, ignorant of her lifestyle.

A 70-year-old, white female, walked into my clinic to get treated for irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety. But all her blood tests and colonoscopy were normal. She took multiple medications, but to no avail.

Let us investigate her diet.

For the most part, it consisted of a white bread cheese sandwich for breakfast, ready-to-eat hamburger for lunch, and red meat chops for dinner. She would drink at least four cups of coffee and two liters of soda every day.

Bad? Yes.

She was ONLY suggested for a change of diet with oatmeal for breakfast instead of the cheese sandwich. Fresh vegetable salad, soup, fruits, yogurt, sauerkraut, home-cooked chicken or salmon preparations for lunch or dinner. Alongside this, she was asked to increase her water intake and exercise at least half an hour to forty-five minutes daily.

The results were flawless.

After a few months, not only her anxiety waned but her bowel habits were more regular with less abdominal pain, flatulence, and bloating.

How you may ask? Surely, gut.

Gut, which has more than 100 million nerve cells, also called the enteric nervous system (ENS), is being called the second brain. Multiple studies have shown that treating this second brain can treat your brain. They are both parts of the nervous system  and nurturing one, will nurture the other tackling your various behavioral health issues.

Gut health does not bias with age. It is important as much as for babies as for adults. Babies, who are born by natural birth and have been breastfed have more bacterial diversity in their gut. This further gets augmented with diets rich in fibers, whole grain, and fruits in adult life. These bacteria, in turn, produce more butyrate (short-chain fatty acid), which makes the gut lining less porous and hence less entry of toxins in the blood and to the brain, besides having an anti-inflammatory effect and boosting the immunity of the body.

So, the take-home message is, we need more fruits, vegetables, lean meats in our diet along with hydration and exercise. Pre-biotics and pro-biotics create a better gut environment and the key to a better gut microbiome is, greater diversity of bacteria which means a variety of healthy foods.

Holistic and preventative health needs to be our priority in current COVID times and Gut health plays a big role in it.

The gut needs to be courted well and on a long term basis , like  a  good friend ,spouse or girlfriend for a healthy and happy life.

Gut out. Gut going. Stay gutted.

Gut health has had many exciting breakthroughs in the recent past. We would again touch base soon in near future

Till then

Stay Safe

                                                   Dr. Shruti Aggarwal https://twohomes.blog/

                                                                       (Insights from my Topsy World)

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