Improve Your Gut Health with IV Therapy
In recent years, gut health has received increased attention, and the human gut itself has been nicknamed the second brain. As it turns out, our guts possess a large share of neurotransmitters, some 100 million neurons in all, which equates to more neural tissue than the spinal cord!
These neurons connect the “second brain” with our actual brain according to Scientific American.
The implications of this are profound, to say the least. The gut doesn’t think thoughts or control movements like the brain does. However, it’s likely that our stomach feeds our emotions in a way that most have never considered. There may be something to chocolate therapy after all!
This information puts gut health front and center, hopefully inspiring all of us to be more conscious of what we put into our body’s to keep a healthy gut microbiome.
What Constitutes the Gut?
Usually, when we speak of gut health, many people automatically think of their stomach, and more specifically, their intestines. You’re not entirely wrong with this assumption. Your gut does include your intestines, but your digestive tract has many components all working in unison.
Your digestive tract starts in your mouth. The esophagus, the stomach, the small and large intestines and your rectum are also a part of this system. Additionally, the liver and the pancreas have roles to play in your digestion, too.
All of these elements work together to ensure proper digestion. In many ways, taking care of your gut health is a simple affair. It only requires you to take a few key steps to get your system back on track.
1. Eat the Right Foods
Most people now understand that our bodies contain both good and bad bacteria. Part of healing your gut comes down to what you allow past your taste buds.
In other words, the foods you eat play a significant role in your digestive health. The best foods feed both you and the good bacteria in your tummy.
Here are a few foods to include in your diet if you want to improve your gut health.
• High-Fiber Foods: High-fiber foods include foods like apples, bananas, beans and leafy greens.
• Whole Grain Foods: Barley, buckwheat, millet, popcorn, brown rice and quinoa fall into the whole grains category
• Lean Proteins: Lean cuts of chicken, fish and turkey can help your gut health. Try to avoid fattier meats, like red meat, if you’re concerned about the health of your gut.
• Pre-biotic foods: The easiest foods to find in this category are garlic and onions. Your good gut bacteria love these foods.
It’s also worth mentioning that the pace at which you eat also affects your gut health. If you eat too quickly, your digestion usually suffers.
Chewing your foods slowly and mindfully allows the saliva to mix in with the foods before it even leaves your mouth. This helps the digestive process. It also helps your body absorb more of the nutrients in your foods.
2. Stay Hydrated
Good, clean water helps balance out the bacteria in your stomach. It works with the fiber in your diet to make your digestion more regular, too.
3. Take the Right Supplements
Even if you eat right, you may still suffer from nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies can stem from foods that have fewer nutrients due to being grown soil that has been depleted of nutrients. You may also suffer from nutrient deficiencies due to poor/improper absorption in your gut, so it is imperative that you make up for these by supplementing your diet.
Additionally, some supplements, like L-glutamine and zinc, play a key role in gut health. More specifically, they help the body heal leaky gut. Vitamin C, the vitamin you love to take when you’re sick, also helps protect the intestinal track.
What Happens When Gut Health Goes Wrong?
If you’ve ever had issues such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, sugar/carb cravings, chronic bloating, skin issues, brain fog, weight gain, or you suffer from leaky gut, then you’re probably familiar with some of the larger issues that arise when your gut health is off.
Diseases like Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease and food allergies or sensitivities are indicators of problems within the digestive system.
Some of the issues are just uncomfortable for a day or so, while others, like Celiac Disease, represent long-term issues with the digestive tract. Nutrition therapy can play a big role in alleviating and even correcting these issues.
IV Therapy for Gut Health
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your gut health doesn’t improve as quickly as you’d like. That’s the time to consider other therapies so you aren’t left feeling sluggish, weak, or just not yourself. IV therapy for gut health counts as one such therapeutic option.
The challenge for people with gut problems is that the damage to the gut can be so pronounced that the digestive system can no longer absorb the nutrients the body needs to run like a well-oiled machine. This exacerbates the issue, making it more difficult for the gut to heal. If your gut is unhealthy, you’re going to notice it!
IV therapy for gut health puts the vitamins and minerals your body needs directly into the blood stream. This allows your body to absorb all of the nutrients. In turn, this heals the cellular damage in the GI tract. It corrects issues with leaky gut and reduces inflammation, which can also contribute to problems with the digestive tract.
Final Words on Gut Health
Your gut health plays an important role in your overall health. Not only does your gut act as your body’s second brain, it also regulates some important functions, including sending nutrients to all parts of your body.
When your gut health is off, you can suffer from a number of maladies, including leaky gut, bloating and Celiac Disease. There are many steps you can take to correct this issue. These include eating right, drinking lots of water, getting proper rest and even IV therapy to help restore micronutrient levels.
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