Are we really what we eat? We are. When we make SAD (Standard American Diet) choices in what we eat, we’re not only missing important nutrients but also introducing things into our body that aren’t good for it. But it’s actually more accurate to say, “You are what you eat, and digest, and absorb.” When our digestive tract is not working as it should, it can’t absorb the full range of nutrients we need for normal function and prevention of diseases, like cancer.
We think of nutritional deficiencies as something that happens somewhere else - like maybe Africa. But because of what our American diet has become, nutritional deficiencies are actually very common right here in the “most civilized nation on Earth.” None of our individual diets are perfect, but we can show you tasty, easy changes you can make in your everyday dietary choices that can really make a profound difference in your health.
A strong and healthy digestive system is the foundation of our health. If we can’t absorb the nutrients we get from the foods we eat, then over time our health is diminished. We also rely on the gut to help protect us from bacteria and viruses that are harmful to us. 70% of our immune system is in the gut. The gut is also home to our microbiome - the collection of bacteria that helps us digest foods, process toxins, and repel invading pathogens. Our gut is so important that it receives about 1/3 of the heart’s blood output, and contains 80% of the immune tissue in the body. The gut also contains more neurons than the spinal cord.
A primary focus of Dr. McMillan’s fellowship training, and a fundamental part of his recognition as a Diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine is digestive health. This makes Dr. McMillan uniquely qualified to help patients optimize their digestive function. Call us to learn more about how you can join the patients we’ve helped return to true health, from the inside out!