Bowel and Gut Health

Poor gut health—common in modern lifestyles—can cause everything from skin conditions and mood disorders to autoimmune disease. At FoundationMED of Raleigh, North Carolina we help identify the root cause of your ailments and get you feeling better than ever!

Research over the last few decades has demonstrated the importance of maintaining gut health. Gut health has been linked to an active immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune disease, endocrine system issues, skin conditions and cancer.

So what do we mean when we talk about a healthy gut? Primarily we mean healthy gut flora and a healthy gut barrier.

Your gut contains trillions of organisms that protect you from infection, regulate your metabolism, eliminate toxins from the body and so much more. Unfortunately, many aspects our modern diets and lifestyles can damage our gut flora. Antibiotics and other medications can take a heavy toll on our gut health by destroying the healthy gut flora in your intestines.

The gut barrier is a critical layer of cells that aids in absorption while keeping everything out of the intestines that should not be there. If the intestinal barrier becomes permeable, it can lead to leaky gut, which can lead to an autoimmune response, inflammation and poor health.

At FoundationMED, we work to understand the root causes of your unwellness. Improving your gut health by finding the right lifestyle and nutritional choices that you can make is one of the first steps on your path to wellness.

Foods To Avoid

Foods To Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sugary Fruit Drinks
  • Sugar-Free Candy
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Red Meats
  • Fried Food

Healthy Gut Nutrients

Nutrients For A Healthy Gut

Fiber: This necessary nutrient helps to regulate the speed that food moves through your gut. Boost your fiber intake with legumes, whole grains, blackberries and raspberries.

Probiotics: These helpful microorganisms are good bacteria that fight off bad microbes that can cause infections. Probiotics are created through fermentation and can be found in yogurt, kimchi and miso.

Prebiotics: These plant fibers can’t be digested, but they are important food for the healthy bacteria in your gut. You’ll find these in asparagus, artichokes, bananas, garlic, onions and soybeans.