3 Ways to Improve Your Gut Mircobiome

3 Ways to Improve Your Gut Mircobiome

Many chronic diseases can be related to gut microbiome – the bacteria that lives in your gut.  The bacteria can be good and bad, and is always a combination of both.  When good bacteria thrives, good things happen to your health.  Good gut bacteria can help with things such improved digestion, strengthening your immune system, decreased inflammation, and even mood.  And when bad bacteria thrives, your health will be negatively affected.  Many lifestyle choices people make today impact their body’s ability to maintain healthy gut bacteria, but the solutions may be easier than most realize.

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Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber - What's the Difference? : Dr. Kim's Blog

Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber – What’s the Difference?

Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber – What’s the Difference?

For years we’ve been told by doctors to “increase our fiber intake” for various reasons. Unfortunately we’re not give a whole lot of direction.  There are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble – and they function very differently.  If you’re new to fiber research, you may even think you need to decide which one is best.  Truth is, they’re both the best and you’ll want to make sure you’re consuming an adequate amount of both.

Insoluble fiber and soluble fiber have different benefits and they come from different sources.  How much you consume of each is largely dependent on the reason you’re seeking to add fiber to your diet, as well as your gender and age.  Both insoluble and soluble fiber are undigested, making it a very intelligent calorie source, but they do function differently while in your body.  Insoluble fiber passes largely intact, while soluble fiber will form a gel of sorts while being passed.  This makes their benefits quite different. Continue reading “Soluble vs Insoluble Fiber – What’s the Difference?”

The Role Of Bacteria In Your Gut

The Role Of Bacteria In Your Gut

One of the least discussed yet most important functions of the human body is maintaining balanced bacteria in your gut, also referred to as gut microbiome or probiotics. Your digestive tract has millions upon millions of bacteria that need to work together to help break down food, improve your immune system, and much more. In addition, research shows that the microflora in the body impacts a variety of other systems throughout the body.

Your gastrointestinal tract contains both beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria. The beneficial bacteria in the gut help with digestion and seek to destroy the bad bacteria in the body. The bad bacteria in the gut come from environmental toxins, bacteria in the soil and bacteria in the foods you eat. Continue reading “The Role Of Bacteria In Your Gut”

Four Ways to Increase Your Fiber Intake : Dr Kim's Blog

Four Ways To Increase Your Fiber Intake

Four Ways to Increase Your Fiber Intake

Think adding fiber to your diet means you have to add kale to every meal?  Think again.  Here’s our favorite suggestions…

1.  Eat more fresh fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, along with many nutrients.  Depending on your diet commitment level and the reason you’re increasing your fiber intake, this may be a good option.  Visit your local farmer’s market, start juicing, or just make some changes in your meal plans.  Add avocado or sweet potato.  Do some research into the fiber content of various foods and make some simple swaps. Continue reading “Four Ways To Increase Your Fiber Intake”