Do you know how your gut affects your health?
When people think in terms of health, they often have a misconception on what they should be focusing on. The average person tends to be concerned with the outward appearance of their body while trying to fit into society’s model of what is defined as “healthy.”
The way you look on the outside is actually a direct result of what’s going on inside. And when you think inside, think your gastrointestinal tract—or gut. It’s this intricate ecosystem of bacteria (both good and bad) found in your gut that has the power to control everything else for your body. If there are underlying issues in your gut, then this means there are serious issues affecting your health.
Here’s a list of 5 ways that your gut can affect your health:
This issue may be more obvious, but when toxins enter your body and are not flushed out properly this results in painful irregularities in your digestive process. After a meal, if you feel bloated, uncomfortable, gassy, or even constipated this should trigger to your mind that there is definitely something wrong with your gut. When your gut is healthy, there should be no interruptions in the digestive process, with smooth elimination.
Painful digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut syndrome (LGS), constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and even gas are all red flags that the balance of good healthy bacteria is suffering inside your gut and desperately needs to be replenished.
2. Vitamin, Mineral & Nutrient Absorption
One of the most important tasks that your digestive system is responsible for is the absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients from your food to keep you healthy and strong. By taking what is needed from your food it turns this into energy and revitalizes your body. But, if your gut is imbalanced and is being served deadly toxins (refined sugars, processed foods, etc.) this results in inefficiencies of epic proportions—which can lead to malnourishment and vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
Crucial vitamins such as Vitamin D, Vitamin K, B12, B7 and Magnesium should have no problem being absorbed through your daily diet. That is, if you are fueling your body with the right foods so that your gut can do its job almost effortlessly.
3. Protection From Infection
Over 75% of your body’s immune system is found in your gut. What this should signal to your brain is, if your gut isn’t healthy, then you are not healthy. When you are suffering from bacterial imbalances and vitamin/mineral depletion, your body will become sick much more easily than it would if you were in good gut health. When we come in contact with infection (like the common cold), our immune system kicks in quickly to combat the risk of infection.
But if our gut isn’t healthy, our immune system struggles to perform at its highest levels and keep us safe. When indigestion is plaguing you on a consistent basis and begins reaching levels of Leaky Gut Syndrome, over time your immune system becomes less effective because it is working too hard trying to correct digestive issues. If you notice that you are consistently under the weather, it’s time to get your gut right, ASAP. Take our gut health assessment and we will tell you how healthy your gut is and give you a step by step plan to heal it!
4. Metabolism and Hunger
The chemical processes in our body that helps us maintain life are referred to as our metabolism. More commonly recognized for how efficiently our bodies convert calories into energy and how many calories our bodies will burn off before we will gain weight. A healthy intestinal tract will be able to process our food much more efficiently and can have a bid impact on our metabolism. Another important function that is linked directly with the gut is our satiety complex—allowing us to feel full when we should.
When our gut is unhealthy and imbalanced you may experience excessive cravings and gnawing hunger that causes you to over eat. When your gut is healthy, these cravings are less frequent and less irrational. And even better, once we have built up the healthy bacteria balance in our bodies we no longer get the urges for sugary sweets.
5. Our Second Brain
Did you know our gut is called the “2nd brain?” Our Enteric Nervous System (ENS) is made up of 500 million neurons and is found in the lining of our intestinal walls! Researchers now admit, “gut instincts” are real and our ENS sends signals back and forth to our brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and has been labeled the happy hormone because it regulates our mood and assists with emotional well-being. 95% of our serotonin production takes place in our gut and it is used for many important processes in our bodies.
If your gut is imbalanced and unhealthy, you can experience mood swings, anxiety and even depression! Our second brain may have as much control on our thoughts, feelings and emotions and our first brain!
By now, it should be clear how important your gut health is. 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, who is recognized as one of the most extraordinary men in the history of medicine said, “All death beings in your gut,” and now thousands of years later, doctors agree! Researchers from Harvard, MIT, Yale and the Mayo Clinic all agree, disease starts in our gut!
Understanding and promoting a healthy gut is the foundation for all health. The only question is, do you know how healthy your gut is? We have created the Healthy Gut Assessment to help you find out and help identify if your risk for gut dysfunction.