Navigate gut health and gain insight into microbiome tests and ways in which to better improve it.
There is so much talk about gut health and how it is tied to our overall health and wellness that the information can be confusing or so complex that trying to keep the microbiome and microbiota straight is hard enough! If you missed part one, read it here, and for additional information on the microbiome, find it here.
Digestive wellness only enhances your quality of life — there is less running to the bathroom or feeling bloated after a meal. At Amicus, the Solution is Sugar Check. Though its name is deceiving for digestive health, it has an abundance of vitamins and minerals to balance and modulate gut health. Join us in today’s post as we explore more testing methods and lifestyle changes to implement for an optimal microbiome.
Get a Clearer Picture – Gut Health Diagnostics
Gut testing has become more prominent in health practitioners offices because it offers insight into a largely invisible field of medicine — gut health. These tests can identify opportunities not only to help heal your gut but also what other overgrowths may be happening in your gut greenhouse.
In part one, we looked at stool testing for gut health, read about more of the tests below.
- Specialized blood panel – This blood test also referred to as an Intestinal Permeability Screening, measures gut proteins such as zonulin and occludin which control gut permeability. This lab test can reveal the signs of leaky-gut syndrome which can lead to a host of inflammation health issues and an increase in blood-brain barrier permeability, which further explains the gut-brain connection.
- Cross-reactive food reactivity – This is a blood test that can be helpful for people who are on the journey of healthier eating and lifestyle habits, but who are still having gut issues. What can happen are gluten-free foods including corn, rice, eggs, coffee, etc, can have an immune effect similar to gluten and react in the same way — as if it were gluten. This can occur with many common food allergens.
- SIBO breath test – SIBO stands for “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth” and has connections to IBS, bloating, GERD, and a host of inflammation-rooted autoimmune issues. A lactulose breath test is administered to measure both hydrogen and methane that is liberated when there is bacterial overgrowth. Depending on how much is released, better determines if there is an issue or not.
Food As Medicine – Gut Health Heros
It can be extremely frustrating when you are cultivating healthy food habits, yet still experiencing gut issues. When gut problems such as histamine intolerance, leaky gut syndrome, and SIBO are of concern, even “healthy” foods can cause inflammation and flare-ups. The good news is, there is an abundance of foods that can help heal your gut. Below is just a handful of foods that can benefit your gut.
Cooked vegetables – While kale salads that are chock full of beets, carrots, and tomatoes are delicious and refreshing, if you are dealing with gut issues, they can wreak havoc on your digestion. Cooking vegetables to soften them aids in better digestion while still getting their nutritional benefits.
Probiotic foods – Probiotics have been a trending wellness supplement for some time now, but we know, probiotics are so beneficial. Support your gut with these gut-boosting probiotic foods, including:
- Yogurt (plain)
Bone broth – This liquid is the golden ticket when it comes to gut health. When the bones are simmered they release an abundance of nutrients including proline, glycine, collagen, and glutamine that support your gut.
Where do you begin to heal your gut?
Research has provided that the gut is very resilient and when minor tweaks are made, it can repair itself within weeks. People with deeper gut concerns such as autoimmunity, food sensitivities, and chronic inflammation will take more time — anywhere from six months to a couple of years.
Many health practitioners recommend a sixty-day period of clean eating that supports your microbiome — this typically looks like including a healthy amount of fat, protein, and vegetables, while avoiding grains, sugar, alcohol, and foods that trigger your gut upset.
Are there non-food options that can benefit gut repair?
- Address your oral health – Remember, your microbiome is found throughout your whole body, including your mouth. If you are finding that you are having skin issues or increased dental issues such as plaque, cavities, or gum disease, you may want to help get bacteria balanced in your mouth. Some very helpful oral health probiotics are K12 and M18.
- Address your stress – Does it make you stressed when people mention that you should better manage your stress? We know, it is a hard-fought balance. So, while eating amazing gut-modulating foods is wonderful, it is only one piece of the puzzle. Healing also comes from emotional wellness. When you decrease stress you also decrease crazy, fluctuated cortisol levels and boost IgA, which is your gut’s immune support antibody.
- Get movement in every day – When you move, your internal systems move with you stimulating better blood oxygenation and lymph fluid throughout your body, spurring natural detoxification. In this, your body can spend more energy healing rather than fighting.
Gut-health having its season is research — more and more studies are finding out how diverse and multi-faceted our microbiome is and how it relates to just about every system in our bodies. With 22 percent of the US adult population being diagnosed with GI issues, it makes us the number one country when compared to all major countries with gut-health issues. Not mention, these are just statistics on diagnosed, think of all the people you know who are silently suffering from acid reflux or bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
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