The human gut is more complex than previously thought and has a huge impact on whole-body health. A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system. In addition it also helps with heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion. We’ve compiled a few easy things that you can do on a daily basis to improve, and maintain your overall gut health.
1 — Beyond Yoghurt: Fermented Foods & Their Gut Health Benefits
Fermentation is an ancient technique of preserving food. The process is still used today to produce foods like wine, cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha. Fermented foods are rich in beneficial probiotics and have been associated with a range of health benefits; from better digestion to stronger immunity.
Fermented Foods you can find in the grocery store
How to Ferment your own veggies at home
If you like pickles, sauerkraut and yoghurt, then you will love fermented veggies that you can enjoy anytime. We love Running to the Kitchen’s easy guide to ferment your own. You can check it out here.
2 — Digestive Supplements and How to use them
The Different Types of Digestive Supplements
- Probiotics are well-known for their ability to help gut health by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Unfortunately, many of probiotics on the market are ineffective, as brands aim to capitalize on profits by providing subpar probiotics. Consistently taking a quality probiotic supplement is great for diarrhea, constipation, potentially weight management, and even skin and mental health.
- Prebiotics are becoming a more common household topic, appearing in everything from baby food and yogurt to probiotic supplements. Prebiotics on their own don’t do much to help the gut, but they do feed probiotics, keeping them alive and thriving, thus increasing their effectiveness. If your probiotic supplement doesn’t have prebiotics, it has little chance to survive and be effective.
- Naturally found in your body, digestive enzymes help break down the foods you eat into smaller particles for easy digestion and optimal nutrient absorption. A quality digestive enzyme provides immediate relief for heartburn, bloating, indigestion, and potentially even food intolerances. While they are great for fast relief, they do not provide long-term support for gut health or the aggravating symptoms associated.
Synbiotics: The Next Generation of Probiotics
- It is now possible, with advanced technology, to pair a specific probiotic strain with the exact prebiotic that feeds it, meaning we can now turbo-charge probiotics in ways never thought possible before.This process is called synbiotics. Synbiotics are the future of nutraceuticals. The latest research into these super supplements reveals dramatic capabilities never before conceived.
We like using Xymogen Supplements because of their absorption qualities: The two below are our favorites….
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We also like Athletic Foods’ Powder……
And please, do also check out Klaire Labs’ Biotagen – we used it in our smoothie for the week.
Dr. Gioia’s SMOOTHIE of the week
Dr. Gioia makes a smoothie of the week, every week. This week the smoothie is all about gut health — with supplements for additional nutrition value — that is as easy and effortless and perfect for that Sunday night prep for the coming week.
As personalized healthcare becomes more accessible and readily applied, the ocular conditions that have relations to not only distinct nutritional deficiencies but also microbiome deficiencies is paramount.
— Dr. Neda Gioia.
Dr. Neda Gioia OD, FOWNS
A place that features holistic eye care, Dr. Neda Gioia is a licensed optometrist with certification through Functional Medicine University and is a current CNS candidate. She is a fellow of the Ocular Wellness Society, a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured in Review of Optometry and Women in Optometry. She is the owner and founder of Integrative Vision Corp., in Shrewsbury, NJ. Currently accepting new adult and pediatric patients 732-389-2792, integrativevision.com.