Gut health determines your well being
The health of your GI tract (gastrointestinal tract), also referred to as your gut, determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens, and microbes are kept out. It is directly linked to the health of your whole body. It’s a big job that depends on several factors.
First, there are over 400 species and over 3 pounds of bacteria in your gut! This forms a HUGE chemical factory to digest your food, regulate hormones, excrete toxins, and produce vitamins and other compounds necessary to keep your body healthy. This system must be in balance for you to be healthy. Too many bad bacteria, parasites, fungi or yeast, or not enough of the good ones can seriously damage your health. Keeping a healthy balance in your intestines is one factor to good health.
Second, is your gut’s nervous system. Did you know your gut contains some 100 million neurons? In fact, the gut has a brain of its own called the enteric nervous system and it is a very sophisticated piece of biology wired to your brain in intricate ways. Messages constantly travel back and forth between your gut and your head. When those messages are interfered with, your health will suffer.
Third, your immune system and the rest of your body is protected from the toxic environment in your gut by a lining that is only ONE cell thick! If spread out, it would be enormous and the entire thing is covered by a sewer! If that barrier is damaged, you can become allergic to foods you normally digest, you will get sick, your immune system will become overactive and it will produce inflammation throughout your body. Filtering out the good molecules from the bad and protecting your immune system is yet another important factor in digestive health.
Fourth, your gut also has to get rid of all of the toxic byproducts of your metabolism, which your liver dumps into bile. Digestive waste is backed up when you are constipated which makes you become toxic and your health suffers.
Finally, your gut must break down all the food you eat into its individual components, separate out vitamins and minerals, and shuttle everything across the one cell thick layer so it can get into your bloodstream and nourish your body and brain. Your gut has quite a lot to manage. Even in a perfect world it is hard to keep all of this in balance. But in our modern world there are endless insults that can knock our digestive systems off balance. This makes it much more difficult to maintain excellent digestive health. What happens is you get sick. It is important to understand that many diseases that seem to be totally unrelated to your digestive system (e.g eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, and arthritis) are caused by digestive issues. By focusing on the digestive system, you will get better. It may take time, but it can be done. It is essential for vibrant health. Work on your system and watch as your symptoms and those extra pounds disappear!