Whether you’re traveling across the country to visit family or having a small celebration at home, poor gut health can put a damper on your holiday. Regardless of how “good’ you’ve been during the quarantine months, rich foods and alcohol are difficult to avoid during the holidays. Some level of bloating, gas, weight gain or constipation usually follow these dietary choices.
As it turns out, your current health matters a lot when it comes to how your body responds to a viral infection like COVID-19. The CDC recently reported that only 6% of all COVID-19 related deaths were caused by the virus alone, with no presence of other disease or health concerns. In 94% of deaths there has been the presence of underlying conditions (1).
Over the years, I’ve had countless patients bring their standard blood labs from their doctor to our initial appointment. Most frequently, their feedback is “my doctor says all of the numbers seem fine, but I’m still not feeling great. What do I do?”