Understand Your Gut & How To Keep It Healthy

Two thirds of the human immune system lies within the digestive system, or the “gut”. A recent United States study discovered that the microorganisms living within the gut are so vital to our overall health, that they affect the immune cell function and operation, as well as the overall production of the immune cells themselves. Immune cells are the body’s biggest way of fending off outside free radicals, bacteria and viruses. So, without a healthy gut, the body cannot function as it needs to in order to keep us functional. 

Roughly 80 percent of the body’s serotonin hormone is actually produced inside the gastrointestinal tract. Because the majority of the body’s neurotransmitters are produced within the gut, the gastrointestinal tract is the part of the body that takes the biggest responsibility for the body’s physical and mental well-being. 

Both the good and bad bacteria inside the gut, help to regulate the speed of our metabolism. This bacteria communicates with our genes and helps the body stay on the right path to keep healthy, alert and functioning at a high level. When everything is in balance in the gut, it means there’s a much higher likelihood of everything else within our bodies being in balance too.

So, it’s more than safe to say that the gut is vital for our overall happiness and health; however, more than a third of the U.S. population has some form of a digestive issue, and it’s due in part to the food that we consume the most of in this country.

The average American diet consists of processed, manufactured food items. The ease and cost effectiveness of eating from a box, as opposed to slaving away in the kitchen, has a bigger lure to the consumers in the U.S., and the health of the nation reflects as such.

Because our bodies are still acclimating to the chemicals, preservatives, additives and colorings that our food consists of, it can be hard for us to be 100 percent healthy. Foods that are untouched by chemicals are easily processed in the body, because many of them have nutrients, vitamins and minerals packed naturally in them. Foods that are man-made, often have little to no nutritional value, and the makeup of the vitamins inside them differ slightly from the originals. All of these things make it hard for the body to completely break down and allocate good nutrients to the body, which leads to a decline in health.

The large majority of the processed foods we consume require more energy for proper absorption; this usually leads to some type of gut leakage, or inflammation. If this occurs, the door is swung wide open for a number of health concerns. Natural oils found in fresh fruits, vegetables and other naturally occurring, unprocessed foods, are important for fortifying the overall structure of our cells.

Protecting your gut is the best thing that you can do for your health. Doing this has never been easier. A simple shift in the way we approach the foods we eat and the lifestyle we lead, can equate to a healthier population and much lowered risk for gut health issues.



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