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what is gout

What is Gout and Why You Should Know About It?

That sudden burning pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints means one thing: Gout! But what is gout and how can you prevent it?

Since gout affects 3.9% of US adults – 5.9% men and 2% women – it can be a real problem for many. Some people only have infrequent flare-ups but many are plagued by recurring symptoms.

It often feels like being burned by a hot poker and is just absolutely miserable. The symptoms of joint pain are often debilitating causing missed work and inability to get through your activities of daily living for days to weeks.

However, I’ve had patients who have had repeated flare-ups of gout and we’ve had success in reducing them by introducing some natural remedies. That’s why I want to tell you about gout and ways prevent it.

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gut health

Gut Bacteria and Why You Should Care About It

If you want to boost your mood, control your weight and feel better, you may need to restore your gut health. Did you know that the bacteria in your gut are critical for emotional and physical well-being?

What is gut bacteria?

“I have bacteria in my gut?” you might ask. Yes you do! There’s a whole community of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract known as your microbiome. These “bugs” play a vital role in keeping you healthy by improving immunity, absorbing and creating nutrients, keeping out toxins and aiding in digestion.

In fact, the metabolic activity of your microbiome is so complex and vital this community of organisms is considered “the forgotten organ.” Your gut should house over 500 species of bacteria totaling around 3 pounds!

It’s important to have diverse types of gut flora. In fact, your make up of different gut bacteria can create a sort of “microbiome fingerprint.” This fingerprint can be associated with certain disease susceptibilities or health traits depending on it’s make up.
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