What goes on in your digestive system can affect your health in numerous ways, not just in your gut but throughout your body. Kristine Van Kirk, MD, and Kelly Gebauer, WHNP-BC, of Healthy Lifestyle Medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming, specialize in anti-inflammatory nutrition and gut health. They offer effective treatments, screenings, and lifestyle advice that help you reduce inflammation and keep your digestive system healthy. Call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine or book an appointment online today to find out more.
Anti-inflammatory nutrition means eating a diet that helps to lower or eliminate inflammation in your body.
Inflammation is a natural stage of the healing process, helping your body fight illness and protect it from harm. However, sometimes the immune system doesn’t work as it should, and you end up with recurrent or chronic low-level inflammation in the tissues.
Chronic inflammation is a common symptom of autoimmune disorders like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and asthma. Evidence indicates that the foods you eat can affect inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory nutrition promotes foods like:
An anti-inflammatory diet also avoids processed foods, red meat, and alcohol.
Your gut, or digestive tract, consists of the stomach, small intestine, large intestine (bowel), and rectum. Many problems can affect the gut, from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and autoimmune disorders, like celiac disease, to food sensitivities and intolerances.
Many gut health problems relate to an imbalance of the microbiome — trillions of microorganisms that live in your gut and are necessary for good health and vitality. A poor diet, being sick or taking antibiotics, and conditions like leaky gut or malabsorption can all affect the microbiome and cause an imbalance.
First, it’s essential to eat a healthy, varied diet, get plenty of exercise, and look at managing stress in your life. All of these factors are vital for good gut health.
The Healthy Lifestyle Medicine team also offers expert services to help you with anti-inflammatory nutrition and gut health, including:
You can find all of the advice and support you need to make the right choices in your diet and lifestyle.
Healthy Lifestyle Medicine offers supplement guidance to ensure you get all of the micronutrients you need. They use Silver Biotics® supplements for a healthy immune system, Designs For Health® health-boosting supplements, and supplements that support your gut microbiome.
Food inflammation testing (FIT) identifies markers for sensitivity and intolerance to certain foods or the additives and chemicals contained in food.
Call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine today or book an appointment online to find out more about anti-inflammatory nutrition and optimize your gut health.