How does your gut health affect your heart health

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Unfortunately, many people take the fist sized muscle in their chest for granted. They assume that the heart muscle will always be working 24/7 without fail. That is, until it does fail. Only then do we consider to take steps to improve our heart health. That being said, researchers are constantly looking at ways to improve heart function and overall health.

Over the past several years, researchers have uncovered connections between our digestive health and our heart health. In the Current Opinion in Cardiology, 2017, researchers discuss links between the microbes in your gut and cardiovascular disease. They state that a dysbiosis in your gut microbiome has a strong link to inflammation in your arteries, specifically your coronary artery that supplies oxygen and nutrients to your heart muscle. These researchers conclude that we may one day be able to add gut microbiota profiles as an accessible risk factor for CVD and offer therapies that target the gut microbiota.

Another study in Circulation Research, 2015, researchers uncovered at least 34 specific strains of gut bacteria that influence blood lipid levels and body mass index. They conclude how specific gut bacteria play an important role in heart health independent of age, sex, and genetics. Their findings also support the potential to target therapies altering the gut microbiome and controlling triglyceride levels, LDL, and total cholesterol.

That being said, there are steps that you can begin today to improve the function of your heart. Aside from exercise like brisk walks, rebounding, cycling, elliptical machines, etc. which we know to be heart friendly, you still need to consider your diet.

Animal proteins that contain carnitine (meat) and choline (eggs & dairy) have been linked to changes in lipid metabolism and the transport of cholesterol in the blood. It is my recommendation to reduce meat consumption to 1-2x/month, fish 2x/week, chicken 1-2x/week, pork 1-2x/month. Increasing your plant-based foods, higher fiber foods and fermentable foods will also have a positive impact on your gut microbiota as well as your overall health. Remember to, whenever possible, purchase your food from organic, pasture raised, cage-free, wild-caught sources like The Naked Pig Meat Co. in Oakboro, NC. If you need free range chicken at reasonable prices feel free to call our office at 980-355-7600. We can refer you to a local supplier of the finest quality chickens you can buy. Check out these meal plans prepared by Hannah for healthy options.

At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve your best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. Dr. Ess will not waste your time or money. He will let you know if he can help you, and if he can’t, who in the community can.

Our office specializes in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at for more information. We accept most major health insurances including BCBS, Aetna, Humana, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare.

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Patrick Ess
Dr. Patrick R. Ess grew up in Buffalo, NY. There, he attended Daemen College for his undergraduate studies in Natural Medicine. After which, he graduated in 2002 from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY, with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Ess has treated thousands of patients and changed their lives with care. He believes in educating the patient so that they are better able to make informed decisions regarding their health.

Dr. Ess donates his time to the community by educating people of all ages on a variety of health, wellness, and safety issues. He teaches people how to avoid work injuries, stress maintenance, weight loss and promote healthy lifestyles.

Along with his 2 wonderful children - Tristen (16) and Sara (14), Dr. Ess enjoys cycling, hiking, swimming, drive-in movies, and other outdoor activities. Together they promote a healthy lifestyle with regular chiropractic care.