The worst habit for gut health

The worst habit for gut health

There’s a reason health experts call the gut the “second brain.” The gut communicates with nearly every cell in the body and is connected to virtually every aspect of health, including immunity, cognition, mood, heart health, and digestion. With this in mind, the adage “you are what you eat” takes on a whole new meaning.

“Often people are disconnected from the importance of gut health and how it influences how we feel every day,” says an integrative medicine practitioner Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DCthe author of the next book, Gut feelings. While there are many factors that impact our gut, including stress, Dr. Cole says one of the main ones is what we choose to put into our bodies (in other words, what we eat and drink). Every meal, says Dr. Cole, is an opportunity to support our gut health or negatively affect it. This leads him to denounce the main habit that generally destroys the intestinal health of so many people: following a diet composed mainly of the “four inflammatory core”. Curious to know what these four are? Keep reading to find out.

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How “Inflammatory Core Four” Negatively Impacts the Gut

Dr. Cole explains that the “four inflammatory cores” are ingredients that negatively impact the gut and can cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the root cause of all health issues, ranging from short-term (like digestive problems or acne) to long-term (like cancer or cognitive decline). Dr. Cole says the biggest gut offenders are gluten-containing grains, added sugar, industrial seed oils and dairy products. He adds that following a diet mainly composed of these ingredients is a common habit and has a negative impact on the intestine.

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