What’s so important about Gut Health?
Everyone is talking about Gut Health and how important it is, so what is it exactly and why it is so important?
As Dr.Megan Rossi – The Gut Health Doctor from London – explains:
Gut Health associates with the proper functioning of your gastrointestinal tract. “Gut health is revolutionising our approach to health and wellness and looking after your gut is one of the most effective ways to enhance overall health and wellbeing.”
Subconciously, we always knew how important gut is – “trust your gut feeling” saying didn’t come out of nothing, but it is only a few decades ago that scientists discovered that gastrointestinal tract apart from digesting and absorbing does a lot of other, even more important jobs – it houses huge community of bacteria which is known as gut microbiota and about 75% of your immune cells which protect you from bacteria and viruses in your everyday life!
The bacteria which colonises your gut is responsible for the way you look, live, think and move, yes, even move, because the bacteria affect the growth of your muscles!
What could go wrong?
Diabetes, obesity, depression and allergies – those ailments are only a tip of the iceberg of many other diseases caused by imbalance of gut microbiota.
What we often see in real life is that people get treated for minor unwellness with serious drugs and that can be compared to shooting a mosquito with a rifle. What happens next is serious drugs kill ALL the bacteria in your gut including the good ones, so your gut is left vulnerable to any infection if probiotics aren’t introduced.
Allergies are also treated with drugs but what we often forget is that this is another toxic load for your liver and kidneys on top of whatever that allergy is caused by.
The Gut Feeling
So, instead of treating intoxication with other intoxication we should think of rather binding the “offender” and removing it from the gut thus removing the cause of the reaction?
It is a proven fact by now that disbalance of gut microbiota can trigger depression because brain gets signals from the gut of how you feel thus affecting your mood and therefore life choices.
Impaired gut microbiota can produce cloudy brain, affect your vision, liver and kidneys functioning, not to mention affect the look of your skin which is your biggest organ.
Are your gut bacteria imbalanced?
Below signs can suggest that it probably is:
- You often suffer from a heartburn/acid reflux
- You experience bloating, gas, diarrhoea or constipation
- You’ve been diagnosed with IBS, ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease
- You have mental issues like depression, anxiety, brain fog etc
- Detected vitamin and/or mineral deficiency
- Recent antibiotic treatment
- Unmanaged stress
- Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne etc
- Autoimmune diseases
Our next article will tell you how to deal with some of the above naturally but always seek doctor’s opinion on any of your conditions.