Let's Talk About Gut Health
Happy Hello everyone! Something that does comes up quite frequently with dieting and healthy lifestyle changes is your GUT HEALTH! Sounds fun, right? Did you know that without balance in your gut you are more susceptible to disease, inconsistent bowel movements, inflammation and even how you absorb other foods, minerals and vitamins!
I attached some information below so that we can discuss your gut. I always leave the links to the public websites that I use for reference for our articles so feel free to browse them and learn more!
What do YOU do to support your gut's health?
"Having good gut health can help protect you from everything from nutrient deficiencies and constipation to obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and cancer."
The Importance Of Gut Flora
The bacteria in your gastrointestinal system affect your overall well-being. They play major roles in digestion and immunity with their capability to affect nutrient and mineral absorption, hormone regulation, vitamin production, immune responses, and the ability to eliminate toxins.
Outside of this, studies have shown that intestinal bacteria have the ability to influence mood and mental health. A great deal of attention is given to the digestive and immune support that bacterial flora provide, so people may not be aware of the further reaching benefits.A poor diet, digestive conditions and the overuse of antibiotics all contribute to an unhealthy balance of intestinal bacteria. When bad strains or pathogenic bacteria are allowed to thrive, the health of the body will begin to fade. Inefficient digestion can cause leaky gut syndrome which triggers inflammation through the body. Inflammation is the root of many serious health conditions.
Without the support of beneficial bacteria, the immune system responses are negatively impacted and the body begins to attack itself. So it should be clear just how the gut affects your health.
Why Gut Health Is Important
When you focus on healing your gut and restoring bacterial balance, your body is given the opportunity to regenerate. Immunity can increase and you will start to produce more of the beneficial bacteria which can continue to fight back the bad guys. The phenomenon known as leaky gut syndrome is the consequence of poor digestion and involves permeability of the intestinal wall.
Toxins and particles can pass through this wall and enter the bloodstream, gaining access to anywhere in the body. When this happens, the body attempts to track down these foreign bodies and destroy them even when they are located in healthy body organs.
Fascinatingly, some species of gut bacteria are better at converting non-digestible food to fuel than others. This means that, depending on the species of bacteria living in your intestines, you extract a different number of calories from the food you eat.
Much of this shift in understanding has come from studies looking at the gut microbiota. Researchers now know that these bacteria play a fundamental role in determining which nutrients are available to your intestines and how well the available nutrients are then absorbed.
Multiple studies show that your gut health helps prevent nutrient deficiencies by:
- producing vitamins directly in the intestines for you to absorb, including vitamin K and the B-vitamins
- producing fuel for the cells lining the intestines to keep them absorbing nutrients at full capacity
- communicating with the cells lining the intestines when and when not to grow and divide and to keep the lining of the wall at the right thickness for optimal nutrient absorption
Check out the articles below to learn more!