You’ve probably heard the term “gut health” being thrown around a lot, but what does that actually mean, why does it matter, and how do you achieve it?
The gut is the nickname for your gastrointestinal tract – the 30-foot-long tube that goes from your top to bottom, from your mouth to your excretory system. Its job is to receive food, break it down, absorb the nutrients, and eliminate the waste.
Gut health refers to how well the digestion process works. Aside from moving food through our intestines and digesting it, this tube also communicates with our brain and influences our mood, our mind, and our mojo.
What You Should Know:
The gut is a rich ecosystem that houses a variety of fungi, bacteria, and viruses, and performs a variety of vital functions like boosting our immune system, converting food to energy, and eliminating waste and toxins.
Your gut is home to:
Trillions of bacteria (10x more bacterial cells than human cells)
80% of your immune system
95% of our neurotransmitters (what balances our mood)
95% of your body’s serotonin (the “happy” hormone)
Every bite of food you eat sends chemical messages to your body’s systems that trigger a programmed response and register food as either helpful or harmful for you.
When we bombard our gut ecosystem (“microbiome”) with processed foods, medications (especially antibiotics), and environmental toxins, or have consistently high levels of stress, it disrupts the natural balance of our ecosystem. Your body will identify the foreign invaders and signals the immune cells to “search and destroy” the dangerous pollutants. This leads to inflammation, hormonal imbalances, and toxic build-up that can lead to a wide range of symptoms and health issues.
The 3 main factors that affects your gut health are:
Our gut lining is made of microscopic cells that keep it intact and protect it from outside invaders. Continued and increased exposure to toxins, stress, and processed foods can cause this gut lining to become permeable and even create leaks and holes in your gut! Rather than being digested and absorbed, nutrients and food particles are able to escape into your bloodstream causing further infections, inflammation, and collateral damage.
It’s impossible to heal yourself if you don’t heal your gut.
10 Warning Signs of a Leaky Gut:
1. A sluggish metabolism
2. Digestive issues
3. Lack of energy or excessive fatigue
4. Poor complexion and skin issues
5. Autoimmune diseases
6. Mood imbalance
7. Difficulty sleeping
8. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
9. Arthritis or joint pain
10. Sugar or carb cravings
How to Regain Gut Health
1. Remove the irritants
2. Repair and calm your gut
2. Rebalance your microbiome
Food is the easiest, most accessible factor to control and also the one that has the biggest impact on your gut health. By removing the foods that are irritating your body, replacing them with foods that help repair a leaky gut, and rebalancing your gut ecosystem, you’ll give your system the reset it needs to calm, repair, and rebalance.
Healthy Gut = HEalthy Life
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