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Healthy Gut, Healthy You: A Personalized Plan to Transform Your Health

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  • If your gut gets inflamed, the inflammation can spread throughout your entire body as it increases many inflammatory cytokines
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a very common condition, and if you have it, many of the healthy interventions that are commonly recommended to improve gut health simply won’t work, and will likely make you worse
  • SIBO is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Oftentimes, a low-FODMAP diet, which is very low in prebiotic-rich vegetables and fruits that feed bacteria, will resolve the issue
  • Classic symptoms of SIBO include altered bowel function (constipation, diarrhea, or an oscillation between the two), abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort
  • What may appear to be nonceliac gluten sensitivity may actually be FODMAP sensitivity, or a histamine intolerance. Like a low-FODMAP diet, the low-histamine diet can seem paradoxical as it eliminates fermented foods, which are otherwise known to improve gut health

Dr. Michael Ruscio, author of "Healthy Gut, Healthy You: The Personalized Plan to Transform Your Health From the Inside Out," is a clinical investigator who focuses on gastrointestinal (GI) health. I first met Ruscio at Paleo f(x)™ this year in Austin, Texas, where we were on a panel together.

As for so many other health professionals, his career path was an outgrowth of a personal health challenge. Ruscio tells his story:

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