The main function of your gut (specifically the G.I. tract, or Gastrointestinal Tract) is for digestion. Although the stomach is the most commonly known, and what most people call the “gut,” the mouth, esophagus, and intestines are also a part of it our gut.
There are many things about your gut that you might not yet know about. Once you know these facts, your mind might be changed to take better care of your gut. Are you ready?!
Why is Gut Health so Important?
One thing that most of us don’t know about our gut is that over two-thirds of the immune system dwells in it! Our gut is also labeled as our body’s “second brain.” It has a huge role to play in regulating our moods – affecting memory, sex drive, sleep, appetite, temperature regulation, and more – since more than 90% of our body’s serotonin is produced there. This explains the aggressive, irritable, jumpy and angry state we experience when we’re hungry, which we’ve termed as “hangry.”
Now that you know that your gut has such an important job, the question is ‘How do I keep it healthy?’
Your Gut Might not be “Okay”
Truth be told, we don’t really keep track of the food that we eat. We often guzzle down whatever food is available. If you want to make and keep your gut healthy, then it’s time to start paying more attention to what you put into your body daily. Let’s do a simple check –
- get heartburn or acid reflux
- feel bloated after you eat
- have a thyroid condition
- have any type of skin condition (psoriasis, acne, eczema)
- have an autoimmune disease
- frequently catch colds
- you’re bowels aren’t moving comfortably (1-3 times a day)
- you’re experiencing depression, anxiety, or low mood
If you answered yes to one or more of these conditions then that means your gut may not be as healthy as you think. These are signs that hint to you it’s time to begin healing your gut.
Restore Health and Balance
The process of healing your gut takes time. Commitment, patience and consistency is key here. The healing procedure basically involves removing anything that is unhealthy for your gut, which includes environmental pollutions, inflammatory foods/allergic foods, excessive stress, and infections (bacterial, fungal, parasitic).
Replace the necessary element that promotes proper digestion and absorption that your body is missing. It’s important to reintroduce the gut with healthy amounts of probiotics and prebiotics (special form of dietary fibers that serve as food for the good bacteria). Repairing should also be given attention to, so provide your gut with herbs and nutrients that’ll support its ability to regenerate the gut lining.
Our guts do more than just simply digest the food that we eat. After all, it is considered as our bodies’ second brain, helping to regulate mood, keep things running, and providing nutrients. It’s health is vital to the overall welfare of our bodies, so take care of it, and in the end, it’ll take care of you.
Need help healing your gut? Head to our ‘Therapies’ page to find out how we can help you!