What is Your Gut Telling You?

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Jul 15, 2020
Health & Wellness

Research shows that there is a direct link between bacteria in your intestines and many an ailing disease.

Human beings are filled with microbes known as bacteria.  They live on your skin your nose, inside your mouth as well as in your intestines.  As a result of their sheer number, it is no doubt that microbes have an important effect on your health.  It is not until recently though, that scientist have become aware of this and have composed further studies and investigations into this phenomenon. 
Bacteria in the intestines have been the focus of many studies by examining stool samples.

What is Gut Bacteria?

Basically, bacteria line your intestines and aid in the digestion of food. During the digestion process, they make important vitamins, improve the immune system as well as make molecules important for brain function. Therefore, if your gut is filled with a wide array of healthy bacteria, you can see how this may have a positive effect on your health.

What is Your Gut Telling You?

Because research into gut bacteria and diseases is fairly new, scientists are for now, making links between the bacterial make up of a person and diseases.

Recent research has shown links between immune system and gut bacteria, inflammation and gut bacteria as well as chrohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and gut bacteria. Acccording to WebMd, a recent study into the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, shows that people who suffer with the condition have more of a particular inflammatory gut bacteria and less of the more beneficial bacteria than their healthy counterparts. 

Feeding Your Healthy Gut Bacteria

Lifestyle and diet have a huge impact on your gut bacteria. It is therefore important to make healthy choices not only for overall health and wellbeing but also to shape your microbes into healthy ones.

The following are some guidelines:

·         Limit sugar,
·         Limit unhealthy fat and rather increase healthy fats such as olive oil, fish oils, avocado, coconut oil;
·         Increase water intake;
·         Increase fruit intake;
·         Increase vegetable intake;
·         Make more varied, healthy food choices;
·         Exercise.

By making these changes you could improve your immune function and lower inflammation.

Originally published on Apr 01, 2015

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