Several factors affect gut health, including diet, hydration, and medication.
Eating a fiber-rich diet and limiting alcohol intake can lower the risk of certain cancers.
A gastroenterologist shared some rules she follows to preserve her own gut health in a TikTok video.
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With all the factors that may impact gut health, it can be hard to know what’s causing stomach troubles and potentially affecting long-term wellness.
In a recent TikTok video via Houston Methodist hospital system, gastroenterologist Dr. Neeharika Kalakota shared a few simple rules of thumb she follows to maintain a healthy gut.
As an expert on digestive health, Kalakota said she recommends that her patients stay up-to-date on colon cancer screenings and avoid colonic “cleanses,” which can wreak havoc on the bowel and rectum.
She also said she stays away from NSAIDs, a class of over-the-counter painkillers that includes ibuprofen. According to drug warnings, NSAIDs may cause ulcers, bleeding, or holes in the stomach or intestine, especially if taken for a long time or in combination with three or more alcoholic drinks a day.
Gastroenterologists also specialize in liver function and disease, so Kalakota’s advice covers how to maintain a healthy liver as well as overall gut health.
Limit alcohol intake to 4–5 drinks a week
She warned that women shouldn’t have…