Importance of gut health & how does it affect your whole body
Gut health and function is not what we once thought is just a simple body system that comprises a long tube that allows the food we eat to be digested, absorbed, and excreted. The incredible complexity of the gut and its importance to our health is a topic of increasing research. Many studies had demonstrated links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmunity, hormone disorders, skin conditions, and cancers.
Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital.
Gut issues, today seem to be as typical as the common cold. But it does not have to be that way. While genetics do play some part, the bigger issue at hand is from our modern-day lifestyle. Most of the things that negatively affect our gut health are simply choices we make and can change today.
Below are 7 SIGNS that show you might have an UNHEALTHY GUT:
High sugar diet
Unintentional weight fluctuation
Constant fatigue or sleep disturbance
So here are the 3 TIPS for you to have a HEALTHY GUT:
1. Cleanse your diet
If you want to get to the root causes of gut problems or disease, the first thing to do is look at what's at the end of your fork. Unfortunately, the current modern diet, which is loaded with sugar, processed food, food additives--promotes the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast and this increases the likelihood to turn on unfavorable genes.
For example, fast food like burgers, fries, and soda will promote the expression of the gene that influences inflammation and disease whereas, conversely, 2 cups of steamed broccoli will turn on the anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer gene pathways.
2. Lower your stress level
Staying chronically stressed out is another way to wreak havoc on your gut and whole body. When you are in the constant state of flight or fight, your nervous system signals to your body to shut down digestion and shunt the blood from your gut to your other parts of the body like your limbs to give you more energy to run away from your perceived threat or the so-called, “saber tooth tiger”. Although this psychological process is totally normal for a short time, the problem arises when we eat while we are chronically stressed. The food will not be digested properly as our body thinks we need to fight or flee for our survival. As you can imagine, this not only leads to gut disturbance but also malnutrition and indigestion as well.
3. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics
Antibiotics can cause a lot of harm to our gut flora and contrary to the popular belief, most infections do not require antibiotics. Proper rest and immune support are sufficient to resolve the most common infections. So before you run to a doctor asking for antibiotics, make sure that it's really warranted. A single course of antibiotics will adversely alter your gut flora for up to 12 months, taking a toll on your metabolic issues and also various immune problems.
A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion, and it may help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases. There are numerous lifestyle changes you can make to positively affect your gut health and your overall health as a result.
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