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How Our Gut Health Can Impact Our Heart Health

We’ve all heard of how gut health is so important for our overall health, and how our gut impacts so many areas of our functioning and being.  However, did you know that one of those areas is our cardiovascular and heart health?



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Research has highlighted the link between dysbiosis, the term given to an imbalance in a microbial community, and disease states such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes  (Tang et al., 2017).  



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The integrity of our microbial communities (microbiota) has so much bearing on other aspects of our health, including our cardiovascular and heart health!  The body really is so interconnected, changes can really affect multiple domains. Let’s take fibre for example. 


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Multiple studies have reported that dietary fibre can improve intestinal flora and risk factors for heart failure ( e.g. inflammation, insulin resistance, and metabolic disorders) (Zhang et al., 2022).  So, you may be consuming fibre to stay regular, but it can also lend itself to supporting cholesterol metabolism, and acting as a prebiotic to feed those healthy strains of microbes in support of a healthy microbiota!  



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So, if you’re struggling with dysbiosis, and what that may look like is lots of bloating, gas, diarrhea, urgency with bowel movements, heartburn, etc., I invite you to check into whether working together is the right fit on your end too.  And, if it is, I look forward to helping you to get that microbiota back in check!:) 



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References

Tang, W. W., Kitai, T., & Hazen, S. L. (2017). Gut microbiota in cardiovascular health and disease. Circulation Research, 120(7), 1183-1196. https://doi.org/10.1161/circresaha.117.309715


Zhang, H., Lin, Z., Gan, D., Zhou, H., Ma, Z., Zeng, X., … & Xu, D. (2022). Association between dietary fiber intake and heart failure among adults: national health and nutrition examination survey 2009–2018. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2022.893436

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