Los Angeles is known for its love of fitness and love of healthy living and even discovering new healthy fads. There are many different opportunities to find healthy ways to eat, exercise, and anything else under the category of goodness and healthiness that Los Angeles chooses to define for its fine city. Where else is jogging by the ocean as popular as taking a course on how to pole-dance solely for the bodybuilding, body-toning health benefits?
It isn’t just the healthy exercise and fitness that grabs the attention, there is also a fascination with topics related to health, in general, in this case, “gut health.” It seems to be a topic that fascinates the public, to some extent. Is it because it allows people to think positive thoughts about words like “bacteria,” and even the word, “gut?” Is it because it may not have been considered proper dinner conversation a half a century ago? Or, is it as simple as being the “in thing,” when it comes to interesting medical topics?
- The Solution for the “Problem Skin.”
On Monday, April 25th, Pop Sugar ran an article tying gluten, wine, sugar, and dairy to potential problems that people may be having with their skin. One of their suggestions to determine whether or not this is true in a particular case is to run what they reference as an elimination diet, whether that is eliminating gluten, the wine, sugar, or dairy products from the diet. The hypothesis is clear, with an anticipated improvement in the skin tone and overall skin health.
While the skin problems may go away, as a result of eliminating gluten from the diet, there are some who are concerned that this may cut down on the beneficial bacteria in the body. This concern is a reminder that there needs to be some caution before following every health fad that is presented, to ensure that it is the right thing for the individual and every aspect of that individual’s health.
- Anxiety Dances onto the Playing Field.
A year or so ago, Huffington Post got in on the action in discussing the “Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria and Anxiety.” Even if it is an “old” article by today’s standards, it demonstrates that “gut health” is a news-related topic that can be tied or linked to almost anything. At the same time, the topic educates and entertains the public.
- The Fermented Diet to Aid in Gut Health.
The study of what to eat, to aid in gut health is an interesting study. (It even includes chocolate!) Many of the foods that can be added to the list are in a category of foods that are fermented. Even the apple can be added to the list!
According to the website of Dr. Axe, quoting the memorable adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” a connection is found when reminding the readers that apple cider vinegar, a fermented version of the beloved apple, is also a helpful food on the gut health list of foods. At the same time, the apple is helpful in other areas of maintaining health. One example is the cardiovascular system.
- Getting a Bit “Science-Oriented.”
Gut health is one of the single biggest determinants of overall health. One of the easiest methods to boost gut health is creating an environment that is conducive to the growth of microflora, a type of bacteria. This is consistent with other aspects of the scientific side of the topic.
The building blocks for a balanced, satisfied gut are often uncovered when researching and studying healthy bugs that help the gut. There may be something to the public interest when the “public” finds out that ”bugs” can have something to do with better health! It must at least pique the interest, which only propels the news stories and stimulation for additional scientific research topics.
In reality, the public is not far off in having an interest in the discussion of gut health, considering it has been found that gut health plays an essential role in the overall health of the body. This brings it somewhat full circle to the topic of clearing up skin problems and the relationship with anxiety, and so many other aspects that inter-relate with the health of the gut, and subsequently, the health of the body.
Gut health becomes that much more important as one ages. It follows the same path as age-related issues with autoimmune diseases, chiropractic health, cardiovascular awareness, and other aging concerns. It is one that may not have been as readily added to the list in days of old but needs to make it to the list as the golden years are approached in the life to come. For those who live in Southern California, that shouldn’t be a problem. The health and fitness awareness and desire for awareness are already in the DNA and culture of the Southern California lifestyle.