How Your Gut Health Impacts Your Total Health
Why is your gut microbiome such a popular topic these days? Easy. Endless research studies have shown that your digestive system plays a crucial role in your total health, physical and mental. One clear example, considering the times we're living through, is that 80% of your entire immune system is in the digestive tract or gut microbiome! It makes sense to keep our gut healthy.
Why Your Gut Microbiome Is Crucial to Your Health
The human microbiome hosts more than 100 trillion microorganisms. Bacteria, both good and bad, are the most dominant type of microbe. You need these bacteria to help digest food and extract nutrients that power every cell system in your body.
You also rely on the microbiome to help fight off disease and stay healthy, both physically and mentally. A healthy microbiome can help us reduce our risk for a wide range of illnesses, from COVID, to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Even your mood and general mental health can be linked to the state of your gut health.
How Your Gut Microbiome Works
To stay healthy, you need the right balance of the thousands of species of bacteria that live within your gut. With a healthy microbiome, what you eat is broken down into nutrients that can enter the bloodstream and provide the energy every organ in your body requires. With the right balance of bacteria, nerve cells send signals to the brain that help you stay healthy and regulate your moods.
However, large colonies of undesirable bacteria release chemicals that can lead to inflammation, which weakens the gut wall that separates the body from the toxins in the gut.
With a “leaky gut,” these toxins can enter the blood stream, and you start feeling unhealthy.
Common signs that your microbiome is out of balance include:
- Constipation, bloating, or digestive upsets
- Unintentional weight gain or loss
- Feeling fatigued all the time
- Sleep issues
- Food allergies
- Skin irritations
Eventually you may develop more severe health problems that lead to chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease
The Trick to Improving Your Gut Microbiome
By now you may be anxious about the thought of rampaging “bad” bacteria marching through your gut and wreaking havoc. Don’t worry. You’re in control! Your diet and lifestyle choices determine the balance of bacteria in your gut.
Start with some simple diet changes. And you already know what they are. Less sugar, alcohol, high fat red meat, and processed foods. All feed the bad bacteria and help them to flourish. Instead, it’s back to fruits and high fiber vegetables, like kale, spinach, asparagus, artichokes, beans, garlic, and onions. These foods are especially rich in prebiotic fiber that feed the beneficial bacteria and help them dominate in the battle to control your gut!
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, and kimchi add probiotic bacteria to your gut, another boost for the good side. Beneficial bacteria also do better when your body has enough sleep, gets regular exercise, and isn’t stressed by modern life, medications, and environmental pollutants.
If you’re getting stressed from this To Do list, just start with a few diet or lifestyle changes and consider adding a supplement like Complete Probiotic to your daily diet. This unique blend of probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes is specially formulated to support a healthy balance of intestinal microflora that support your immune system and general health.
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