The Importance of Gut Health
We as individuals have always been fascinated about how the body works and the power nutrition can have on the body and the mind. One topic that has caught our attention recently is the importance of gut health and we have been pretty astounded about the research.
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What's in your guts
Here are a few quick facts:
- The Human Gut is home to 100 trillion (!) micro-organisms
- There are 10x more bacteria in your gut than cells in your entire body
- Between 60-70% of your immune system lives in your gut
In today’s typical western society diet of refined and processed carbohydrates, the gut takes a real hit! But we never really put 2 and 2 together and focus on rebuilding our gut health. But if you want a strong immune system, better digestive health, more energy and improved clarity then believe us the Gut is the place to start.
When your gut is in tip top shape you feel great! You’re never ill, your energy is constant and you’re always in a good mood. Think of your gut as your second brain. Because in fact it is, your gut sends messages to the brain and the two are directly linked. In fact the majority of serotonin which helps control mood, sleep, anxiety and depression is made in your gut, not your brain.
Improving gut health
How do we go about rebuilding our gut health? It’s a mixture of nutrition and lifestyle, there are also a few really helpful supplements out there that can help as well.
Cut out processed and refined foods – These foods will give the green light to bad bacteria to overwhelm the good bacteria in the gut.
Eliminate certain foods – Try taking out gluten and lactose for a period of time and see how you respond. Re introduce them slowly again see how your body reacts.
Take a Probiotic – This will help restore healthy gut bacteria.
Keep hydrated – The gut needs water, to keep waste moving through the digestive system. When dehydrated this can lead to inflammation within the gut
Consider L Glutamine – Glutamine is an essential amino acid, which is an anti-inflammatory. It will act as a protector and coat the cell walls of your intestine.
As we said we never really felt the gut was that important, but we have always suffered from digestive issues. Why did we never do anything about it?! It’s probably because in general we don’t see or hear much about gut health and how crucial it is.
But let me tell you since we have implemented some of the above tips, not only have our digestive systems improved, we have seen a plethora of health benefits. Our energy has sky rocketed and touch wood, our immune systems seem to be the strongest they’ve ever been! Plus our overall mood and mental clarity is at an all-time high.
So if you are suffering from digestive issues definitely looked to your gut health. But also if you’re constantly fatigued, depressed or always getting ill, the gut maybe the best place to start instead of the doctor’s waiting room.