Secrets of Your Microbiome: How to Heal, Repair and Restore your Gut Health!
Written by Dr. Georgia Tetlow, MD, Integrative Physician and edited by Fatima Flynn, MS What is the microbiome?
- Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in and on us in a symbiotic relationship in an integrative medicine approach, gut health is assessed and treated.
- Every microbiome is unique to the individual due to genetics and the environment.
Importance of a Healthy Gut
- Regulates absorption of nutrients and help us process toxins and allergens intelligently.
- Acts as your second brain- more neurotransmitters are produced here than in your brain.
- Plays a large role in metabolism and weight management.
- Houses our immune system and acts as a gatekeeper of inflammation.
How does it get disrupted?
- Personal overuse of antibiotics and medications, pharmaceuticals used in our food supply
- Medications such a Proton Pump Inhibitors, Histamine blockers, NSAIDS and steroids
- Diets high in carbohydrates, processed foods, and sugar that are also low in fiber
How can you restore health to your microbiome?
- Remove as many disrupters as you can.
- Replace digestive agents if needed.
- Reinoculate with good bacteria and fiber rich food.
- Probiotic and Prebiotic foods work synergistically; incorporate fresh fruits & vegetables and foods rich in probiotic components is the best recipe for success!
- Prebiotic Rich Foods: are fuel for good bacteria, they are non-digestible carbohydrates which help stimulate the growth and activity of good bacteria in the colon. Examples: Dandelion Greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, cabbage, onion, leeks, & asparagus act as superfoods rich of prebiotics.
- Probiotic Rich Foods: Incorporating foods rich in probiotics helps balance a healthy microbiome. Fermented foods are rich in enzymes which support our digestion. Some examples are: raw apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, kombucha tea, kimichi, beet kass, and organic plain yogurt
Repair and support your microbiome by taking these steps:
- Mindful eating habits
- Antioxidants and Omega 3's
Talk to your PIM holistic doctor, Dr. Georgia Tetlow or Nurse Practitioner, Lauren Houser about your next steps to restore good health!