Rosalie F. Tayurang
In this modern world, our gut health is exposed to a far-reaching health risks that affect our mental health and wellness. Every day we are exposed to harmful chemicals. Our foods and drinks are prepared with harmful food additives that gradually hurt our good bacteria. Also, our household cleaning materials are made up of toxic chemicals that upon accumulation, endanger our brain chemistry. Worst, outside our homes is a vast air pollution including the tiny particles that we unknowingly breathe in. Everywhere, there seems to be always a threat to our gut's health. So, how to keep your gut health in this health-suffocating world of developments? First, understand the detailed facts about your "microbiome".
Your microbiome (the community of microorganisms thriving in your gut) is linked to metabolism regulation and immune function. Its balance should be sustained, otherwise, you'll be at risks of developing type2 diabetes, weight gain, inflammatory bowel disease, and other related chronic illnesses. Besides, it has another extreme role, the production of energy and hormones such as serotonin that influence mental health. Hence, it is of prime importance to take good care your microbiome. Take probiotics supplements. and prebiotics to nourish the gut bacteria.
Probiotics help to increase your beneficial bacteria.while prebiotics stimulate the growth and environment of the microorganisms in your gut. Remember that as you age, your digestive system tends to change.
"The GI tract is always replenishing itself," says Gina Sam, M.D. and director of Mount Sinai's Gastrointestinal Motility Center in New York City. "But there are natural, age-related changes to the digestive system — which is everything from the mouth to the bowels — that will impact how smoothly and effectively it continues to work."
A healthy and radiant skin is a direct reflection of a healthy gut. The digestive issues are shown through your skin. In fact, a leaky gut sysndrome is associated with skin allergies and itchness besides the other symptoms. Indeed, the gut acts like the brain of your skin.
Learne that when your intestinal lining is properly functioning, it is forms tight barrier that controls anything absorbed into the bloodstream. Otherwise, it signals that you are having a leaky gut of which the substances are absorbed by the tissues beneath it.
The prevailing malpractices nowadays that disrupt the balance of your microbiome are as follows:
An article posted on PubMed from 2014 mentioned...
"Processed foods containing emulsifiers and detergent-like compounds may damage the intestinal lining, potentially leading to “leaky gut” and systemic inflammation (contributing to inflammatory-based diseases such as diabetes and CVD)."
[CD = Crohn's Disease]
"Maltodextrin (MDX) is a Common Food Additive That Alters Both Microbial Phenotype and Host Anti-Bacterial Defenses.
Please always remember this...
Your healthy body is the best gift you can give to your family. It is the real wealth. Don't be preoccupied with the bunch of financial worries and obligations to the extent of living a paradoxical lifestyle..." spending your health for wealth and then spending your wealth to regain your health."
Make amend of what you have done wrong to your health. Boost your health today by taking good care of your gut with utmost attention.
Do you remember "Hippocrates"?
Hippocrates is a Greek physician and historically considered as the father of medicine. He believed that “All disease begins in the gut." So, let us tap the important roles of your gut in your overall health and well-being.
A leaky gut is linked to the top health problems the human society is prompted with this modern day of living.
Understand that 60-70% of the immune system resides in your gut. Scientific studies show that there is a vast network of the lymph tissue in the gastrointestinal tract. It is called as GALT (gut associated lymphatic tissue) where probiotics are in constant interfacing with it. Probiotics are good bacteria that will fight off bad bacteria from the foods you eat. It breaks down every bacterium and prevents its growth.
From the research studies, the growth of your microbiome is largely influenced by dietary diversity. The main reason is, there are hundreds of species of bacteria in your gut. Each specie has different role which needs to be nourished with the required nutrients for its growth. The gut health foods that are recommended by gut experts are the following:
Dr Cristina Menni, from King's College London said, "We also found that specific bacteria that have been linked to lower inflammation and lower risk of obesity are increased in people who have a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids. We further explored how this related to compounds in faeces and found that, in addition to fish protein and omega-3, high levels of omega-3 in blood are correlated with high levels of a compound called N-carbamylglutamate (NCG) in the gut. This compound has been shown in animals to reduce oxidative stress in the gut. We believe that some of the good effects of omega-3 in the gut may be due to the fact that omega 3 induces bacteria to produce this substance."
"Having a healthy gut is so important," accredited practicing dietitian and sports dietitian Chloe McLeod told HuffPost Australia.
Your gut is the Grand Central Station of your body acting as the command center for health. Its function is more than digesting foods. It facilitates the breaking down of foods and absorption of nutrients due to its microbiome, the ecosystem of different species of bacteria having different roles. Indeed, having a dysfunctional gut in your digestive system will have a toll on your overall health. So, don't be a part of the group of people who barely commit themselves to a healthy lifestyle.
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