Antibiotics can kill good bacteria naturally found in the gut…
How do the bugs in your gut keep you healthy.
If gut health is poor, the result could be impaired immune and nervous systems.
And it can also wreak havoc with hormonal function throughout the body…
Several recent studies have found intriguing links between gut microbes, helping our bodies digest and absorb nutrients and protect against inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis).
This mass of microbes which live in the gastrointestinal tract affects our overall health.
Microbes are especially influential in the gut, which is host to two-thirds of your body’s immune cells.
The gastrointestinal tract (pathway for digestion), deals with a constant stream of food-related foreign microbes, when harmful microbes are found they’re eliminated.
The gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and consists of more than 75% of our immune system.
Did you know your gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all cells in your entire body?
In fact, is gut health critical to your overall health?
There are over 400 known diverse bacterial species…
Scientists only recently begun to understand the full extent of gut flora’s role in health and disease.
And other key factors within gut flora which promotes normal gastrointestinal function…
Research is seeing how gut flora provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and more than 75% of your immune system.
Dysregulated gut flora has been linked to diseases ranging from autism and depression to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.
Recent research has shown gut flora and health of the gut in general play a significant role in obesity and diabetes.
Nearly every patient with a blood sugar issue has been diagnosed with leaky gut or a gut infection and some other chronic inflammatory gut condition.
Scientists now know the composition of these organisms living in your gut determines to some extent how your body stores foods you eat.
How easy or difficult it is for you to lose weight and how well your metabolism functions…
Does processed foods screw up our gut and makes us fat and diabetic?
Research suggests healthy gut bacteria are crucial to maintaining normal weight and metabolism.
Unfortunately, lifestyle choices directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:
- Antibiotics and other medications (birth control and NSAIDs)
- Foods high in refined carbohydrates, fats and sugar
- Processed foods (especially foods 50% sugar and 50% fat combo)
- Foods low in fermentable fibers
- Dietary toxins (industrial seed oils)
- Chronic stress
- Chronic infections
Research shows infants that aren’t breast-fed and are born to mothers with bad gut flora are more likely to develop unhealthy gut bacteria.
And these early differences in gut flora may predict overweight and obesity in the future.
It’s interesting to note the diabetes epidemic has neatly linked with increased prevalence of factors which disrupts normal gut flora.
How to maintain and restore healthy gut flora…
First step in a healthy gut is to avoid all of the above suggestions.
As you probably already know that’s not always possible.
Especially in the case of prolonged or chronic stress and infections.
If you’ve been exposed to some of these factors, there are steps you can take to restore your gut flora:
- Remove all processed foods, especially highly refined foods from your nutrition
- Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (starches, sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
- Take high-quality probiotic or foods for restoring healthy gut flora
- Treat any intestinal pathogens (parasites) which may be present
- Take steps to manage your stress, (relax and get plenty of sleep)
Find the most effective way to get your daily dose of good gut health.
Eat healthy and feel free to refer to other articles on probiotics. Everything from mood to weight to overall health and performance comes back to your intestinal tract,.
Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health.
If you want better immunity, efficient digestion, improved mental clarity, focus on your gut health and enjoy more energy with better quality of lifestyle…