Women’s Health interviewed Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes, assistant professor of community health sciences, about how to maximize gut health.
February 15, 2022Women's Health
We hear the term “gut health” a lot, and while it can sound super science-y on the surface, the concept is pretty simple. It refers to the balance of trillions (!) of microorganisms in your digestive tract.
When you have good gut health, you’ll experience regular, easy-to-pass bowel movements, and you won’t have many other digestive side effects, explains Dana Ellis Hunnes, PhD, RD, an assistant professor at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health and author of Recipe For Survival.
“Our guts even play a big role in our mental health, too,” Hunnes adds.
What are adaptogens and the possible benefits of taking them?
Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of community health sciences and senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, addresses taking adaptogens – herbs or plants thought to neutralize the effects of stress on the body.