When you think of your general health, there are usually the basic things that come to mind. While we may be consumed with the basics needed for good health, we can forget to pay special attention to something that is crucial for our overall well-being. Gut health. Although gut health can be easily overlooked, its needs are vital in making our bodies happy and balanced to achieve optimal function.
Our digestive system serves two main purposes for our body: to convert food into the nutrients that our body needs and to eliminate waste from it. Here are 10 surprising facts that prove gut health is vital, and just might get you thinking a little differently about its importance:
1. The Brain-Gut Connection:
Our gut is often referred to as our “second brain” and when there are issues affecting our gut it can in turn have a direct effect on our mood.
2. Simple is Better:
Foods with the fewest ingredients listed on its labels are the easiest for the human body to digest.
3. Risk of Cancer:
Colon cancer (also referred to as colorectal cancer) causes more cancer than any other area of the body, only second to lung cancer developed from cigarette smoking.
4. Keep Calm and Pass it On:
Being in a state of stress can lead to a number of digestive issues, such as: bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea or constipation.
5. Is Fresh Breath Worth It?:
Chewing gum tricks your digestive system into kick starting production. The act of chewing triggers stomach acid to overproduce and can leading to symptoms of bloating.
6. By Vast Majority:
There are 10 times more bacteria found in the human gut than all other cells in the human body.
7. An Antacid Dilemma?:
Taking popular antacids (such as Prilosec and Zantac) can actually cause harm as they disrupt the healthy stomach acid production levels in your stomach that are needed for proper digestion.
8. Healthy Gut, Happy Life:
Your gut is responsible for producing up to 95% of the serotonin found in your body, one of the leading neurotransmitters that generates your happy thoughts. Perhaps this is why the saying “trust your gut” originated!
9. Your Body’s Body Guard:
Approximately 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system. Translation: a healthy gut is critical for a healthy body.
10. Gut Instinct is Only the Beginning:
Researchers have discovered that there is a direct correlation between mood disorders and gastrointestinal issues, some of which including: depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder.