Gut health, gut flora, microbiome….these are just a few of the many buzz words floating around health communities and in health magazines pertaining to gut health. But what does it all mean? What is the big tadoo with gut health, you might ask?
What IS Your Gut???
Your gut is your gastrointestinal tract. It begins in the mouth and ends…well, you get the idea….out the ‘other’ end. It is comprised of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. (2) (3)
The Role our Gut Plays in our Health
As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, so simply stated many years ago, “All Disease begins in the gut”. If this is true, then we could also say “A healthy gut prevents disease” and “a healthy gut= a healthy body”.
More and more research is pointing to the fact that the condition of our gut directly affects the overall health of our body. The reason?
Our digestive system is the main immune organ in our body.
It is estimated that round 85 percent of our immune system is in our digestive tract, located in the walls of our gut. Therefore, the condition of your gut directly affects the functioning of body’s immune system. (1)
To go a step further, the mastermind that controls the immune tissue in our gut walls and how everything functions is, our gut flora.
Recent scientific research in Scandinavia now shows that about 90 percent of all the cells in our body are comprised of our gut flora. (1).
It is believed that we have over 100 trillion microbial cells in and on our bodies. The microbes that live in and on our bodies is called our microbiota. (4) The Our gut flora not only control our digestion and immune system but they directly affect our brain and behavior, our skin, our heart, our thyroid, our lungs… the list goes on.
They also directly affect our mood and play a major role in how we look, think and feel. Essentially, we are ruled by the state of our gut flora.
In a healthy person, their gut flora is dominated by beneficial microbes. It may sound crazy but healthy gut flora includes beneficial fungi, protozoa, beneficial viruses, and even beneficial worms. When your gut is healthy, all these beneficial microbes work together to live in harmony and keep your body balanced.
Amidst the beauty of all the beneficial microbes, it is important to recognize that there are also hundreds of bad bacteria and pathogenic microbes that coexist along-side the beneficial bacterial strains.
For a person to be healthy and have strong immune system, these good bacteria must far outnumber the bad. And when your gut flora is dominated by healthy microbes, the pathogenic bacteria are outnumbered and kept in check, often remaining neutral.
However…..watch out! These neutral microbes are very opportunistic and when given opportunity, will eagerly take over and turn pathogenic.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN LIGHT OF THIS RESEARCH
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