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Go With Your Gut

by: Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD

Nutrition

Adding prebiotic and probiotic foods to your diet boosts beneficial bacteria and can improve overall health.

If your gut is in a rut, chances are your health is out of sorts too.

The gut, also known as the gastrointestinal (or GI) tract, hosts trillions of bacteria that can have profound effects on digestive health and overall wellness, which is why it’s a good idea to consume prebiotics and probiotics—dietary dynamos that work in concert to populate the gut with “microflora” that keep mind and body healthy.

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 11, Issue 1

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About the Author

Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD

Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Martina Cartwright is a registered dietitian (R.D.) with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science and Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has more than 20 years experience in medical education, scientific research and clinical practice in both the academic and pharmaceutical settings. Martina's nutrition education and clinical interests are intensive care medicine/surgery/trauma, eating disorders and cardiovascular/wellness and sports nutrition. Earlier in her career, Martina served as a nutrition consultant to the Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas and dietitian for the Las Vegas Canyon Ranch Spa. A contributor to articles featured in Redbook and Health, Martina continues to be a featured presenter at scientific-medical conferences and symposia. Dr. Cartwright is an adjunct faculty member within the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and she works as a an independent biomedical consultant and author in Scottsdale Arizona. www.martinacartwright.com