The top 5 reasons understanding gut health changed my life.
Since learning about my “gut health” I have looked at life differently.
Did you know that 70% of your entire immune system is housed in the gut cells?
Or that approximately 90% of serotonin, is produced in the gut.
Your gut microbes also produce a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps control feelings of fear and anxiety.
From those 3 simple facts, you can now see that the gut plays a huge part in keeping us healthy, happy and mentally stable.
Your gut health is your whole health!
Inside all of us is a unique balancing act of both good and bad bacteria.
Once you understand what tips the scales in either way you start to look at your body a little differently.
So here it is, the 5 reasons I believe people should understand their gut health.
- The gut-brain connection / mental health.
This is my number one. The reason being, people all across the world suffer from mental health issues. 35,000,000 prescriptions were given out between 2016 – 2017.
How many of these could have been prevented through understanding gut health? Millions in my opinion.
Your gut is constantly relaying messages to the brain via the vagus nerve, some to the conscious mind and others subconsciously.
Your body needs the right fuel to feed positive thoughts.Avoiding processed, sugary foods and minimising high carbohydrate intake from your diet will increase your mood dramatically.
All of these foods may cause inflammation of the gut and upset the delicate balance of bacteria. This in turn can link to symptoms of low mood, irritability, anxiety and lethargy/tiredness.
For more information on the way your gut health could be affecting your mental health, click the link below.
Could your diet be causing your anxiety!
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- It protects the immune system
Getting your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy.
If your bacteria are sick, so are you! Your gut wall houses 70 percent of the cells that make up your immune system.For optimal immunity, detoxification and nourishment, your gut must function seamlessly.
- It prevents diseases and disorders
Auto-immune disease occurs when, instead of attacking bad bacteria, viruses or other sources of infection, the immune system attacks healthy organs and tissues.
Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach that describes auto-immune disorders as a state of bio-confusion.
Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and our own cells. But if the immune system is deficient in good bacteria derived from the surface of all green foods, healthy soils, and airborne bacteria, then the system is thrown out of balance.
Are you immune to auto-immune diseases?
- We don’t just eat for taste, we eat to fuel our body.
While some of us a huge fan of living our “best life,” we must be aware of the health impacts of never saying no.
Your gut is like a cement mixer, constantly churning food into a smooth digestible slurry that we can absorb for energy.
While the occasional snack is completely fine, eating chocolates, lollies, and sugary drinks constantly is the equivalent of throwing a brick in the cement mixer.
It’s going to slow you down and have some negative effects whether you like it or not.
- Stress – the impact on our gut health.
When you are constantly stressed, your gut microbiome is weakened, the integrity of your gut microbiome can become compromised, leading into a multitude of health problems.
Fortunately though, this works both ways when you are “stocked up” on good bacteria from healthy habits like eating a wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables, sleeping well, and exercising. Your body then regulates hormones efficiently optimizing the body’s response to stress.
Your gut microbiome is extremely diverse. Understanding it can take you a lifetime.
But, when you understand these 5 things, you will undoubtedly look at your gut health differently too.
A healthy gut microbiome means :
You will have better mental health.
You will have a better immune system.
You will fight diseases and disorders off.
You will have better digestion.
You will manage stress better.
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