This Is Why Maintaining Good Gut Health Is So Important, Says an Expert

Gabrielle Savoie

Just like any diet doesn't work for everyone, the road to health from inflammation shouldn't be a one size fits all. In New York City, Dr. Richard Firshein of the Firshein Center for Integrative Medicine and author of The Vitamin Prescription (For Life), is leading the charge on an individualised approach to gut health. According to him, everyone is born with their own gut biome—some healthy than others. And from birth, we make decisions that will either help our gut stay healthy—like gardening—or harm it by taking antibiotics, for example. 

"We are killing off the bacteria in our gut, we are processing our food, we eat too quickly, we lack the enzymes that we need to break down our food, and we don’t take the nutrients that we need to digest or detoxify our food," he explained at a detox retreat  at The Surf Lodge this summer. "Our liver isn’t prepared for what’s coming next: we take antibiotics, we don’t pay attention to the symptoms, we become inflamed, bloated, and then we wonder why we don’t feel well and why we’re sick." Luckily, there are things we can do to restore our gut biome—and it starts with understanding how it works, what helps it flourish, and what kills it. Think you might be inflamed and in need of a gut health detox? The expert explains exactly how to detect poor gut health and how to restore it.

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