Your gut might not be the sexiest topic of conversation, but when it comes to your health and wellness, your gut has a lot to say. A healthy and balanced gut microbiome is foundational to your mental and physical health. It’s time to get gutsy and take an honest look at the state of our digestion. Today, I’ll walk you through what the gut does, why it’s important, and how to give your gut a health boost.
Your gut microbiome is everything from your mouth to your colon and all the bits in between. This includes your throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, and the many little critters that live within. There are trillions of these microscopic organisms that come in the form of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and cells.
The microscopic organisms within your gut play many very important roles in your body. Without them, you probably couldn’t survive.
An unhealthy gut is related to auto-immune conditions, diabetes, neurogenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, and even mental health issues like anxiety and depression. It can make you susceptible to a wide variety of ailments and chronic inflammation.
A healthy microbiome is needed to be able to convert what we eat into the molecules that our bodies need. If you have a healthy gut, you’ll feel more energetic, get sick less often, experience better mental clarity, and have better emotional well-being.
A healthy gut is essential to a strong immune system. Even your mental health is directly affected by the state of your gut. Serotonin is produced in the gut and allows us to feel emotionally stable, happier, and calmer.
Your gut is exceptionally intricate and plays many roles in your health and wellness. We could geek out about gut facts all day long, but here are five fun facts about your digestive system that you may have never considered:
Gut health is all about finding the balance between the good and bad microbes. In your gut, your good bacteria help with digestion and they keep your bad bacteria in check. But this equilibrium can be thrown out of balance throughout our lives. Here are five common reasons why your gut might be off its game:
Good gut health occurs when you have a balance between the good (or helpful) organisms and bad (or harmful) organisms that live in your digestive system. These five lifestyle changes can do wonders in your belly:
Your gut is responsible for maintaining and nourishing your entire body. Let’s give it some tender love and care. Give these gut-boosters a go this week and see how much healthier, stronger, and happier you feel!
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