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The Secrets to a Healthy Gut – OHR #426

The Secrets to a Healthy Gut

Have you heard?

There is a brand new supplement that just came on the market that allows all Chronic Fatigue, Lyme, and other sick patients to get well by just taking the pill. It’s a very small pill too and you don’t even have to swallow it. But once you own it, all you have to do is think of it and you’ll be better. You can eat what you want, don’t have to exercise, no other supplements are necessary and its called the “dream cure.” But it is only available for a short time starting today. So call now and give the secret passcode, because we only have limited supply of them on hand. Please don’t wait or you will miss out.

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There is no magic pill for health.

Happy April fools day!

Unfortunately, good health requires good habits and ill health is usually the result of bad habits.

We can help you with your habits, getting them right and getting you back to health. Call us today and we can get started.

Have a great week,

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

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The Best Foods to Help with Gut Issues
(and What to Avoid)

Best Foods for Gut Health

Do you suffer from constipation or diarrhea? Do you have cramps or tummy aches that have become so bad that they interfere with your daily life? Whether you have Leaky Gut, Crohn’s Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, any problems that revolve around the gastrointestinal region is critical to an individual’s overall health. Our gut is the key to how our nutrients are broken down, digested through our system and discarded out from our rectum. Depending on the foods that we consume, they can affect our digestive system and how it will function. At LifeWorks, we recommend the Paleo Diet to encourage natural, all-organic produce to subtract all pesticides, chemicals and preservatives from the body. If you suffer with Gut Issues, there are plenty of Paleo foods listed below that can help to ease your digestive system.

Paleo Friendly High Fiber Foods

Whenever it comes to having strong gut health, doctors and/or practitioners will almost always recommend having a high fiber diet.  Dr. Kristin Kirkpatrick of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute once stated in an interview that adequate fiber consumption can “reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, weight management, and especially improving gut health”¹.  As a matter of fact, a 2020 study showed that “foods rich in fiber had a beneficial impact on the gut microbiome”¹. For our patients suffering with gut issues, we like to encourage high fiber foods from the Paleo Diet to ensure that no unnecessary chemicals are ingested and decrease inflammation in the gut. Some foods that would constitute as high in fiber and Paleo friendly are as follows:

  • Fruits (raspberries, apples with skin, bananas, oranges, and strawberries)
  • Vegetables (green peas, broccoli, turnips, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and carrots)

Avoid:

  • Grains (while oatmeal may be high in fiber, it is not recommended in the Paleo Diet)
  • Legumes (black beans, lentils, and other forms of nuts and seeds are also not recommended within the Paleo Diet) 

Meat/Protein

The Paleo Diet centers on the idea that our health will improve if we eat similar to our ancestors of 2 million years ago. During the days of evolution, hunter-gatherers survived on plants grown straight from the ground, fresh lean meats without the addition of preservatives, chemicals and pesticides. Certain meats such as fish can benefit the gastrointestinal region and help to keep toxic pesticides out of our bodies.

  • Seafood that contain fish oils such as omega 3 include Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel, and Trout (avoid consuming large predator fish)
  • Organic Eggs (yolk included)
  • Lean Meats that are grass fed (skinless white meat poultry, lite tofu, pork and beef)

Avoid:

  • Fatty meats (Bacon, hamburger, dark meat, and any poultry that is not grass fed)
  • Predatory Fish (Sharks, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, and Tuna)

Liquids

Drinking lots of fluids is a great way to help your gut flush out all of its toxins. An article published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) states that the human body is made up of approximately 60% of water². When we urinate, our digestive system assists in using our water to flush out all toxic wastes, chemicals, sugars, or caffeine. To avoid dehydration, it is always encouraged to continue drinking water so that our systems are replenished. When it comes to gut health, other liquids that should be considered are as follows:

  • Ginger Tea
  • Water
  • Peppermint Tea
  • Bone Broth
  • Sweet Potato Soup

Avoid:

  • Milk (the Paleo Diet suggests that all dairy products should be avoided)
  • Coffee (while coffee helps some people go to the bathroom more often, it is more of a laxative rather than a liquid that supports the gut)

When it comes to healing a gut that is inflamed or suffering with severe issues due to underlying causes such as Lyme disease or an Autoimmune Disease, we want to ensure that the body is receiving the right type of foods that will help your digestive system slowly ease back to normal. When a section of the gastrointestinal region is infected, it will not only spread bacteria everywhere else in the body, but the gut itself will continue to have trouble digesting foods that you may have been able to eat at one point in your life.

At LifeWorks, we have amazing practitioners who can find the root cause of your gut issues and provide the best treatment plan to heal the gut. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners, please call 727-466-6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.