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Magdalena Swierczewski Explains the Importance of Gut Health for Successful Aging

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Dr. Magdalena Swierczewski is a board-certified physician with extensive training in Internal, Integrative, and Anti-aging Medicine. Her goal is to bring body, mind, and spirit back into natural balance while healing and preventing chronic disease. In essence, helping people feel great, look amazing, and be more confident in who they are. 

Dr. Magdalena uses a holistic approach in treating her patients. She states, “The goal of good health and well-being is to understand the root cause of disease, and then treat the cause to remove the symptoms, as opposed to alleviating symptoms without addressing underlying problems.”

She points out that good medicine should be based in sound science, inquiry-driven, and open to new paradigms. Dr. Magdalena’s practice integrates Western and Eastern medicine to optimize inner health and outer beauty. One of the many services she offers includes specialized comprehensive tests that evaluate gut permeability, food sensitivities, microbiome, lectin load, gluten sensitivity, SIBO, and other pathologies.

There is scientific evidence about the connection between the gut microbiome and metabolism, leading to a paradigm shift in diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic diseases. Clinical studies have shown that gut microbiota changes or imbalances in the gut microbiome can increase intestinal permeability leading to what is otherwise known as leaky gut. Thus causing gut health problems, immune dysfunction, enhancing or creating autoimmune disorders, affecting brain cognition negatively, and producing mood disorders.

Gut Health

Gut health is essential for a variety of reasons. For one, the gut breaks food down and makes it into a more digestible form that can carry nutrients throughout the body. The healthier the stomach is, the more efficiently the gut can deliver these nutrients. Healthy guts contain beneficial bacteria and immune cells that prevent infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi. 

Another reason is that the brain and gut communicate through nerves, chemicals, and hormones, which assist in maintaining health and a feeling of well-being. We also know that diet is one of the main factors contributing to gut microbiota’s health, formerly known as gut flora. The term microbiota is used to represent a number of microorganisms that reside in a healthy microbiota consisting of a well-balanced system of good/bad bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. The good organisms work synergistically towards producing our optimal health environment. 

Intestinal organisms serve a crucial function in maintaining immune and metabolic homeostasis and defending against pathogens. Altered gut bacterial composition or dysbiosis has been associated with the development of inflammatory diseases and infections.

Dr. Magdalena explains, “ As we age, the organisms in our gut change. This suggests that keeping a young gut profile can improve digestive function and immune function. Gut health is critical to aging successfully without disease. Lifestyle changes, including anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense dietary recommendations designed for your individual needs and physiology and exercise, can influence gut microbiota and every part of your body. 

Integrative Medicine 

An Initial consult visit with Dr. Magdalena will be 90 minutes and include a complete physical examination with blood work to determine the best course of treatment for overall health in every area of the body. She partners with the patients to assist in the healing process, using natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible. She then creates an ongoing all-encompassing wellness and medical plan that is customized and works well with the patient’s unique lifestyle.

Dr. Magdalena works directly with wellness practitioners and with conventional medicine practitioners on a referral system. She plans for the patients’ individual needs and physiology with an emphasis on detoxification and disease prevention. Her program was designed to correct the environmental, dietary, and lifestyle stressors that cause most chronic conditions and promote healthier personal habits to prevent disease and allow healing.   

Dr. Magdalena explains that in using all the above modalities, lifestyle modifications, natural supplementation, and prescription medications when necessary, we support the body’s internal healing process to create health and vitality.

For more information, visit http://www.drmagdalenas.com

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