8 Common Gut Health Questions

This video addresses gut health and provides tips on how to maintain good gut health, including eating a variety of plant-based foods, exercising, getting adequate sleep, reducing stress, and avoiding processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and refined carbohydrates. Additionally, tips for parents to help their children maintain good gut health are also discussed.


  • The main reason to care about gut health is that it has been linked to many illnesses, both inside and outside of the GI tract.
  • To have a healthy gut, one should eat gut-friendly foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, meso Tempe, pickles, bananas garlic onions leeks asparagus oats; avoid processed foods artificial sweeteners refined carbohydrates alcohol; and try to have more of a plant-based diet while also getting enough sleep exercise and minimizing stress.
  • Probiotics are natural supplements which can help improve your gut microbiome by reinforcing the good bacteria already present. They come in food form or as supplements taken orally.
  • Exercise decreases inflammation throughout the body (including the gut), produces antioxidants , relieves stress ,and promotes growth of good bacteria . All these effects lead to improved gut health overall .


So have you ever wondered what questions I get asked the most? Well, today’s your lucky day. I get so many questions when it comes to gut health. As gut health and problems with your gut health becomes more popular in the news, in the media, a lot of patients come to see me to ask their questions about what they can do to optimize their gut health.

Well, in today’s video, I’m gonna go over the eight most common questions I get as a gut health doctor. And your question, I bet will be in this list as well. Guys, let’s talk about poop. How are y’all? Dr. Islam here, a k a, your poop guru, trying to give you the best hip and tricks so you can live your best life from the top all the way down to the bottom.

Governor already, don’t get to smash that like button, live, share, subscribe to me more videos like you’re watching on today’s video. So question number one, why should I or you care about your gut health? Well, the main reason is that your gut health actually could be the key for your overall health. 70% of your immune system resides in your gut,

in your gut microbiome, and all the bugs that are crawling and moving and doing their thing. And the gut microbiome is the key to a lot of illnesses that we are finding all throughout the body, whether it’s things inside the GI tract like bloating, diarrhea, leaky gut, or even things outside the gut like neurological issues, depression, anxiety, eczema,

hair issues. And I bet you in the next couple years we’re gonna basically figure out the vast majority of the diseases start in the gut. So the more you can learn about your gut health now, the better you’re going to be for problems that could occur in the future for you. Question number two, how do I get a healthy gut? Well,

first thing you have to do are watch these videos for yours. Truly, there are a couple recommendations I have for automated patients who optimize their gut. Number one, have gut friendly foods. Yes, there are foods that are out there that are great for your gut. Excellent prebiotics and probiotics. Foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt. These are excellent fermented foods that act as fertilizer for your gut microbiome.

You can also have probiotic rich foods such as meso, Tempe, and pickles. And also you want to add rich prebiotic foods, which act as reinforcement for your national gut microbiome. And these include foods like bananas, garlic, onions, leaks, asparagus and oats. Next, you should try to avoid all the gut unfriendly foods that are out there. These include foods like processed foods,

artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates and alcohol. Next, you should try to have more of a plant-based diet. Your plant-based diet pretty much incorporates all the gut healthy foods and minimizes all the gut unhealthy foods. But don’t forget to optimize for sleep, exercise, and stress. These are three vital components that can help improve your gut health overall. And keep in mind that your gut is not only Affected by what you put in your mouth,

but also the things you do outside the gut, whether it is sleeping, minimizing stress or exercising. Number three, what are probiotics and should you take them? Probiotics are natural supplements which can help improve your gut microbiome. I think of them as a reinforcement to the battlefield going on inside your GI tract. And there are probiotics that are foods and probiotics that are actual supplements you can take and you may benefit from a probiotic,

especially if you suffer from gut issues like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. Number four, how can exercise improve? My gut health exercise is fantastic for you. It helps out with your overall health, it improves your gut and it’s free. And anyone can do this specifically for your gut. It does a couple of things. Number one, it actually decreases the amount of inflammation going on inside that body.

It helps get rid of free radicals and helps get rid of inflammation going on inside that gut. Number two, it actually produces antioxidants, which are the good guys to help fight off inflammation as well. Number three, it acts as a stress relief. Your body needs that stress relief, your mind needs that, and that also can help out with your gut microbiome.

And then lastly, it actually promotes itself. Good bacteria exercise acts as a fertilizer for the good guys inside your gut. And the more that you exercise, the more it’s going to be that you have the good guys in charge and helping you to maintain the best gut health possible. Number five, how does alcohol affect your gut? So in my opinion,

alcohol is something you should not try to incorporate in your diet. I know there have been studies out there should suggest that moderate or minimal alcohol use can be helpful for you, but we are seeing evidence against that. And in my opinion, alcohol is something you should not try to incorporate in your diet. And if you can minimize it or get rid of it,

it is gonna help out with your gut microbiome. Alcohol acts as a direct toxin to everything inside your body, including your GI tract, actually decreases the amount of good guys and produces inflammation inside your gut. Number six, our vegan diet’s good for gut health. Now keep in mind, in my opinion, there’s not one science fits all when it comes to every single diet that’s out there.

Everyone’s gut reacts differently, but based on the majority of the evidence, what we do know is a plant-based diet by far is the best diet for your gut. In fact, the more variety of plants you can have, the better it’s going to be for your overall health and your overall gut. And what we have found is that the more plants that you have,

the diverse plants that you have, the more good guys are gonna be inside your GI tract. So as much as possible, you’re gonna incorporate as many plants into your diet with a wide variety, the better it’s gonna be for your overall health. Number seven, how does your gut react to caffeine? Now, caffeine access is stimulant for your whole body,

but also your GI tract as well. And caffeine effectively Can have you have a bowel movement. In fact, it’s a very common treatment for constipation, especially the occasional constipation. However, too much of a good thing may not be so great for you. In fact, caffeine can actually make heartburn symptoms worse and can also make diarrhea worse as well. So if you’re suffering from heartburn,

diarrhea, bloating and pain, caffeine actually may be the reason while you’re having these gut issues. So in moderation, yeah, it’s great, but make sure you keep it in moderation. Not go to the other extreme. Don’t be all jittery, caffeine. And number eight, should you be supporting your kids’ gut health guys, the kids, they’re our future.

Of course, you want to be supporting your kids’ gut health and the best way to do this is to incorporate vegetables into the diet. I know I have kids myself. It is so much harder to do and it’s so much harder too, make kids eat vegetables. But you got to do it because the more bad food you have in their diet, the harder it’s going to be for them as an adult to get over that.

You are setting your kids up for gut failure and we don’t want to do that. So as much as you can have vegetables in their diet, have a smoothie with vegetables, it tastes great, they’ll love it. Add some fruits, add some bananas, some strawberries. It gives it a flavor. Provides the necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber to help out with your kids’ health.

Encourage ’em to exercise. Go outside, play outside. Don’t just sit around on the iPad or whatever kids do these days. Have ’em go outside, have them be in nature, that exposure to nature, and also improve their gut health and make them feel better. And add the good guys inside their GI track. If you start ’em now, I will tell you,

your kids will be thankful when they get older. Here’s my call to action for you today. Your gut health is critical for your overall health. Take the steps today to do what you can to improve your gut health. Now we want to know what questions you have as well. What can I answer for you and the comments down below? Let me know what questions you guys have about gut help so we can do what we can to answer those questions and get you feeling better as well.

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