Nature’s Health Elixir – Tend to Your Inner Garden
It seems that in today’s fast-paced culture, everyone is looking for the quick fix cure-all promises from a super food, super pill or some other therapy. These ideas are intriguing, but in reality, a whole-body systems approach to wellness is the most fruitful.
Metabolomics is the study of metabolites that connects the microbiome to your whole body health. We coexist with an ecosystem of microorganisms in our gastrointestinal tract. In fact, the number of bacterial cells in your gut outnumber the human cells in your body.
Research on the microbiome shows that this ecosystem affects all aspects of our bodily function, including nutrition, sleep, mood, metabolism, inflammation, infection, skin and heart health. A healthy microbiome will support healthy body function. A less than optimal microbiome will disrupt bodily functions.
Processed foods, stress, environmental toxins, infections, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol and caffeine intake will alter the microbiome to an unhealthy community of microorganisms. All of these factors are within your control to maintain a healthy microbiome:
- Focus on Mediterranean foods such as whole fruits, whole vegetables, whole grains and healthy omega 3 fats
- Develop a regular exercise routine
- Maintain good sleep habits
- Utilize effective tools for stress modulation
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
These daily health habits will provide the fertile grounds for a healthy microbiome. Tending to your inner garden will pay off dividends in your total body wellness.
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Written by Dawn Flickema, MD and Health Coach Becky Hanzen with Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine.