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Video: What is Gut Health?

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By M. Elizabeth Swenor, D.O.

Have you heard the term “gut health” and wondered what it meant? There are trillions of bacteria found in the digestive system, which make up your gut, and imbalances of these bacteria can cause chronic body inflammation. Increasingly, studies show that chronic inflammation leads to poor health in a variety of ways and that changes to your diet can have dramatic effects on how healthy your gut microbiome is.

In this short video, I explain how it works, and what you can do to improve your gut health and keep your body’s systems running at their best:

Related Topic: Probiotics and More: How Bacteria Helps Your Gut

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M. Elizabeth Swenor, D.O.

M. Elizabeth Swenor, D.O., has been practicing functional medicine for more than 15 years and leads the Functional Medicine program at the Henry Ford Center for Integrative Medicine. Her goal is to empower her patients with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve optimal health and wellness. Dr. Swenor strongly believes that all patients can improve their overall health by reducing whole body stress and inflammation by correcting metabolic imbalances through good nutrition. Board certified in family medicine, she has also received advanced certification in metabolic and nutritional medicine from the Metabolic Medical Institute and is also certified in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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