It seems as though we have continuously been seeing so many ads targeted at bettering our gut health. News outlets and lifestyle magazines alike have been shoving the importance of keeping our guts healthy down our throats. But what exactly is all of the hub-bub? We sat down with Dr. Sonza Curtis to give us the scoop and how to better our guts holistically!

Zayna Allen: First, let’s understand why gut health has been a topic of conversation lately. What makes
it so important?

Dr. Sonza Curtis: Due to a recent study – there are over 20 million people with gut health issues as of today. More recent studies have shown that the gut is where inflammation starts, poor gut health can affect your whole entire body.

ZA: What are ways people ruin their gut health?

SC: The standard American diet of fast foods is high in fats, stress has a direct correlation with over-exercising can cause it and dehydration not drinking enough water, and eating too fast. By having an inflammatory hormone imbalance in processed foods if you eat out of a bag and a box you’ll end up in a bag or a box.

ZA: What are a few tell-tale signs that someone needs to get their gut health under control?

SC: Symptoms of gut health could be headaches gas bloating, thyroid issues, food sensitivities reflux, persistent belching constipation, food intolerance, skin rashes, fatigue, joint pain and stiffness, brain fog, and your skin. There’s a saying you are what you eat. I say you are what you absorb.

ZA: Should a person “detox” before they decide to actively target their gut?

SC: No, because gut health support phase 1, 2, and 3 prior to detoxing. If you’re not eliminating, the toxins would increase through your body support all the phases of detoxing before you actually detox, healthy liver kidneys, and gut prior to detoxing.

ZA: Can you name a few holistic supplements that target the gut?

SC: Glutamine, Marshmallow Root, Zinc, Aloe, and Fiber. Probiotics, digestive enzymes.

ZA: What are the best practices to keep in mind daily that benefit your gut?

SC: Get enough sleep, restorative sleep, drink half your body weight in water in ounces, make sure you chew your food 30-40 times, mindful eating, not eat on the run take time out to eat, make sure you have bowel
movements on a daily basis, probiotic and eating fermented foods such as kimchi yogurt sauerkraut, artichokes as a prebiotic and garlic.

ZA: What are the ways a healthy gut benefits a woman’s daily life?

SC: Energy, clarity of mind weight loss, body composition, weight release, clear skin, decreased cravings, increased mobility, and hormone balances, and increase sex drive. It also decreases bloat belly and the puffiness in their face and bloating of the belly not looking pregnant.

DrSonza also known as the “Gut Doctor” has years of trusted industry experience, Sonza Curtis ND, PAC, IFMCP is certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine and Founder of Three D Wellness under the Medical Direction of Dr. Naema Cheema She’s an Honorable Graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center – MS, Physician Assistant Studies (with honors) & Clayton College of Natural Health – ND, Doctorate of Naturopathy (with honors).

DrSonza operates as a Functional Medicine Consultant blending the training of both traditional with naturopaths, Also considered a Holistic autoimmune specialist. She specializes specifically in Holistic Gut, Thyroid, Adrenals, and Sex Hormones.

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