What is gut health?
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 the microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity and more.
Guts are full of information. The healthier the gut, the healthier our instincts. "GO WITH YOUR GUT".
The body is an inter-connected system and the gut is the central operating system "the forgotten organ" --the bacteria in the gut.
We are made up of 90% of bacteria! Not all bacteria are bad and some are essential to our health and survival. The bacteria in our gut create vitamins, amino acids, neurotransmitters, hormones-- internal pharmacy. Some bad bacteria aren't really that bad they tell us when we are full, hungry. When they grow out of hand that is when they produce problems.
Everyone has a unique bacteria composition, much like a fingerprint, that changes and all bacteria have genes.
Are differences in our health due to differences in our bacteria?
The microorganisms present in the gut play a crucial role in digestive health, but also influence the immune system. Immune tissues in the gastrointestinal tract constitute the largest and most complex fraction of the human immune system. Most importantly, by having good bacteria in your body, bad bacteria don't get a chance to grow and cause disease.
The gut microbiome is the total sum of bacteria that live in a person's gut "Gut Flora" "Gut Microbiome".
Why do we have these bacteria and what do they do?
The trillions of bacteria we have in our gut help breakdown food at the same time create essential nutrients for the body.
Think of yourself as an entire ecosystem, think of your gut like a garden -- the weeds are unwanted bacteria (ie: antibiotics, pesticides, not feeding the right food). If you catch weeds early, the ecosystem is easy to restore, but if you let the weeds get overgrown - a lot of work needs to be done -- IMBALANCED ECOSYSTEM.
Healthy Ecosystem creates optimum health
The body's immune system depends on bacteria in the gut to determine what's a foreign invader or toxin. 40% of the toxins from our food are neutralized by beneficial bacteria.
Gut bacteria is why two people can eat the same amount of food and one will be over weight and one skinny.
Bacteria in our gut might not only be the driving force behind digestion and metabolism but the key to immunity and brain health. Understanding gut bacteria and how to create a healthy ecosystem may be a root of optimum gut health. Think of the body as an interconnected system.