Posted on August 22, 2016
It’s not easy to know if your gut is healthy or not. Symptoms and signs can include so much more than constipation, diarrhea and bloating. The gut is a complex organ filled with trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria. A third of the organisms are found in everyone, while the remaining two thirds are specific to each one of us. In other words, the microbes in your gut are like individual finger prints.
How often are you sick?
Did you know your digestive system is linked directly to your immune system? A healthy gut contains microbes that secrete chemical messengers that tell our immune cells (T cells) how to deal with foreign substances and pathogens. A healthy gut also has a plentiful stash of good bacteria which leaves little room for pathogens to come in and take over. If you are often sick, it would be a good idea to replenish the gut with good bacteria.
Though the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, scientists believe the answer may lie in the gut microbiome. Remember, the gut is linked directly to the immune system. Recent studies show that people who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis have imbalances in their gut microbiome, with an overgrowth of harmful bacterial. Bad bacteria has been known to cause inflammation, which promotes the gut-joint connection.
There is no solid proof that imbalances in the gut are to be blamed for the saying “a second on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”. But again, studies show a huge significance in gut microbiome in people who are obese vs people who are able to maintain a healthy weight. One study, published in Nature Magazine, stated that the microbiome in obese people began to resemble the microbiome of lean people after they changed their diet and got “gut healthy”.
Food sensitivities are their own world of mysteries, especially if you listen to all the media scares these days. And without keeping records of the foods you eat and the symptoms you are experiencing, it’s almost impossible to pin down what is causing the sensitivity. What experts do know is that maintaining good bacteria in the gut can help with some food sensitivities, such as lactose intolerance.
Common gut issues are gas, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea and cramping. Imbalances in your gut’s flora can result in poor absorption of nutrients and vitamins from our digested food and the breakdown of some carbohydrates before your body is ready. This can cause gas and bloating after a meal. Overgrowth of bad bacteria has been linked to both diarrhea and constipation.
Eat lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Get plenty of roughage. Go for long walks. Cut down on meat, sugars and processed foods. Take a quality probiotic, especially if you’ve recently taken a round of antibiotics. And above all else, trust your gut feeling! It could make the difference in a healthy you and an unhealthy you.
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