Ask Sofia: Why Is It Important to Have a Healthy Gut?
That “gut” feeling is more than just intuition – the health of your body often starts and ends there.
“Your gut health influences a lot more than just digestion, it affects your entire body. Believe it or not, a healthy gut contains a diverse and balanced ecosystem of more than 100 trillion microorganisms where bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1,” said Allie Nowak, physician assistant at Clinic Sofia who is currently completing a program in functional medicine.
Get to Know: Dr. Deborah Krahl
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Deborah Krahl to our staff. She joins Clinic Sofia with more than 20 years’ experience as an OBGYN in the Twin Cities’ area and will begin seeing patients at our Edina location as of July 5. In the meantime, we want to share some fun facts to help you get to know her. Please be sure to say hello to her when you see her in the Edina office!
How to Battle Constipation
Everyone experiences constipation or irregular bowel movements on occasion, but when you are regularly straining to go to the bathroom, suffering from stomach pain, having small or hard stools, or feeling like everything is not coming out, it is time to seek help and relief. Bowel movements can vary significantly from person to person – from a couple times per week to several times per day – but once you reach the three-day mark, it is often cause for concern.
Ask Sofia: Do I drink too much?
“If you think that you drink too much, there is a good chance that you do,” said Dr. Donna Block. “Many women tend to underestimate how much they drink – that’s why we ask about it during your annual visit – and underestimate the effects that alcohol can have on the body and mind over time. While it’s ok to celebrate on occasion, if you are struggling to get up in the morning and function well during the day, it’s probably time to talk with someone about your alcohol consumption.”
Falling in Love Again Later in Life
It is never too late to fall in love. In fact, more Americans are waiting longer to get married – and more people are marrying later in life. Likewise, more than half of Americans over the age of 55 are remarried, according to Pew Research, while legalized same-sex marriage is giving more gay couples the opportunity to profess their love.
Ask Sofia: What are the Signs of Endometriosis?
The signs of endometriosis, where the uterine lining begins to grow outside the uterus, can include painful menstruation, low back pain, discomfort during intercourse, fatigue and gastrointestinal issues – all of which can be mistaken for other issues such as fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease or irritable bowel syndrome.