Dr. William Rollow is Director of Clinical Services and a practicing integrative and functional medicine physician at the Center for Integrative Health & Healing, the clinical practice of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Digestive health is one of his many specialties. Read his full bio here.
Here are a few of his thoughts on how to keep your digestive tract working at peak performance.
Q: What are the 5 best ways that someone can improve the function of their digestive track?
Q: From a functional medicine perspective, what foods are best consumed to maintain optimal digestive function?
A: Plants of many colors along with good sources of protein and essential fatty acids.
Q: What types of foods should be avoided to keep your digestive track healthy?
A: Aside from sugar and processed foods, individuals who have food intolerances should avoid them. Most helpful is an elimination diet that provides support and time for gut healing, followed by reintroduction of such foods as tolerated.
Q: What kinds of supplements, if any, would you recommend to keep your gut healthy?
A: Supplements are generally appropriate in various illness or deficiency states; not needed routinely, in my experience.
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