Rosalie F. Tayurang
Living a healthy lifestyle seems to be an old-cold method for many people who do not know the value of their gut. But once they finally realized how gut affects their overall health and well being, they will be committing themselves to it faithfully.
The gut is a digestive tract found between the stomach and anus. It communicates with you in a silent way, from the grumbling of your stomach to the bathroom habits. It houses 70 percent of the immune system which implies that your digestive system must be constantly in good shape. Moreover, metabolism and absorption of nutrients take place in the gut. The microbiota thriving in the gut is responsible for these important bodily functions. It should be at its peak condition. Otherwise, depletion that leads to imbalance population of good bacteria which paves way to the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
In fact, the saying "We are what we eat" is scientifically proven to be substantially true.
Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD, who has written several books on the subject, including Food & Mood and Eat Your Way to Happiness.
“There has been a growing body of evidence, both animal studies, and human studies, to support that we really are what we eat, physically and mentally,” she said. “And, that makes sense considering that the only place where the brain gets its building blocks is from the diet.”
Therefore, having a healthy gut must be of top priority among all health pursuits. In doing so, let’s get acquainted with gut.
The composition of microbiome or microbiota is different from one person to another as influenced by food diets, lifetsyle, health history, antibiotic exposures, geographic location, even ancestry, chemical exposures, hygiene, and other environmental factors.
Accoring to studies, ”The human microbiota consists of the 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells harbored by each person, primarily bacteria in the gut; the human microbiome consists of the genes these cells harbor. ” It is located in the gut (GI). In this number of microbial cells, there are hundreds species pf bacteria However, a joint team of scientists from both Japam and Europre have identified the three main groups of good bacteria teaming with other microorganisms and microbes. These are the following:
These three main groups of good bacteria with their corresponding roles, show how literally important it is to take care of your gut. Besides, your microbiota has other special function too that affects your mental health too. It regulates the level of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a happy chemical that has a wide variety of functons in the body. Up to 90% of its production takes place in the gut.
There are three types of cells that are responsible for the production of serotonin in the body: immune cells, nerve cells or neurons, and enterochromaffic (EC) cells. However, serotonin production level is largely influenced by a spore-forming bacteria that acts on EC cells.
The metabolizing of foods, absorption of nutrients, and production of serotonin are just few of the important functions performed by microbiota in your gut. So, it is important to practice healthy lifestyle at all cost to protect your MICROBIOME. Otherwise, you'll be suffering leaky gut that is linked to cancers, diabetes, IBS, Celiac disease, and Chron diseases...even neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease.
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