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How Can You Improve Your Gut Health?

man discusses gut health with doctor

Over the last couple of decades, there has been an explosion of research based on the importance of a healthy gut.  An imbalanced gut has been linked to various health issues including a poor immune system, mental illness, skin abnormalities, and even cancer.  As studies continue to uncover all the ways in which the gut influences the mind and body, the medical community and wellness experts are also determining how best to support a healthy gut.  Although the gut and digestive system were once considered to be relatively simple aspects of the body, we now know that the gut contains a complex microbiome that relies on a delicate balance of bacteria to remain efficient.  Certain habits and behaviors can throw off this balance, or help to keep the gut performing at the highest level. Science is continuing to confirm the many amazing connections between the mind and body, and how these connections operate in a cyclical fashion.  Poor gut health has been shown to contribute to mental health issues, just as mental stress leads to poor gut health. One of the best ways to restore balance to your gut is to focus on habits that foster mental wellness such as getting enough sleep and eliminating excess stress from your life.  Additionally, it can help to be mindful of what you are literally putting into your gut by paying attention to what you eat and drink, and how these choices make you feel. A poor diet high in processed foods and excess sugar can throw off gut balance and contribute to various health issues.

Abstain to Rebuild Healthy Flora

In addition to inadequate nutrition, a common culprit in the destruction of gut health is alcohol.  Alcohol wreaks havoc on the entire digestive system by destroying good bacteria. People who develop alcohol dependence are also more likely to skip meals or choose foods with low nutritional value, which can contribute to an unhealthy gut over time.  If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of alcohol-induced gut issues, but you are unable to quit drinking, it may be time to seek professional help.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  We use an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.