The more I learn about healthy eating and healthy living, the more I realize how important it is to make sure your gut is being listened to and nourished. Gut health is so complex, I decided to break it down into several segments. I wanted to use this first segment to explain just how complex the gut is and how easily it can be thrown out of optimal health.
DID YOU KNOW…
The microbes in our gut out number our human cells ten to one.
80% of your immune system is manufactured in your digestive system.
The gut has a brain of its own. The digestive system has an independent nervous system called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). It is often referred to as the “second brain.” Because there are more neurons in the GI tract than the entire spinal cord, neurological illnesses can actually be manifestations of an unhealthy gut.
95% of your serotonin (the happy hormone) is manufactured in your digestive system.
Gut dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria) and leaky gut can be the cause of more health issues than you might think. This includes migraines, depression, obesity, brain fog, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, unhealthy skin, low immunity, and nutrient deficiency. This is just to name a few.
Unmanaged stress can wreak havoc on the digestive system leading to disorders such as IBS, ulcers, and reflux.
The ratio of good and bad bacteria can be greatly disturbed by highly processed foods.
You see how important it is to keep your gut happy? If your gut is not getting the nourishment that it needs, chances are, you’re feeling it. It’s time we start paying attention to our bodies. It will tell you if something isn’t right. We just have to listen. In the next segment, we’ll discuss how unmanaged stress can turn into an unhappy gut and techniques to effectively deal with life’s craziness.