The science of the gut environment has exploded in the past few years. It has become increasingly clear that the “health” of our gut bacteria and yeast are intricately involved in determining our overall health and wellness. Everything from mood disorders, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart disease, and of course, obesity has now been implicated in current studies of the gut world, known as the microbiome.
In addition to understanding the role of the microbiome in determining our health status is the emergence of very sophisticated gut health testing. As a physician, this is one of the most dramatic and exciting times in my career. It is simply amazing that science has elucidated these conditions and their root causes in the colon.
For my patients, there is a new hope that a clearer understanding of how diet and the microbiome interact and which outcomes can be affected, meaning that many of their maladies can be resolved or significantly improved. So, I am most emphatic when I say, “what you eat may determine who you are.”
I hope you find this month’s information intriguing, but even more so, compelling. A great resource is Brain Maker, a book by David Perlmutter, MD. He is masterful at illuminating the significance of understanding the microbiome and the methods used to optimize gut health. It truly will improve your health and longevity. Enjoy!
For more information, contact:
Dr. James Stevens, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, ABAARM