Gut Microbiome

    GUT MICROBIOME : GUT HEALTH IS LINKED TO HEALTH AND DISEASE

    GUT MICROBIOME : GUT HEALTH IS LINKED TO HEALTH AND DISEASE 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    A poor immune system, headaches, brain fog, depression, excessive fatigue, constipation and bloating can all be symptoms of a leaky gut and poor gut health but what does this have to do with gut health?

    Our Gut is a Busy Bee
    Our entire body is comprised mostly of bacteria. As a matter of fact, there are 10 times more bacteria living inside the human body then there are human cells — and most of this bacteria exists in our gut. The bacteria located in your gut is referred to as the gut microbiome and they are the ones calling the shots; digesting food, developing the immune system and protecting the body against harmful bacteria. This bacteria is constantly sending signals to our intestines to gather information on whether or not it needs account for any deregulations. The gut microbiome has been subject to extensive research and it’s role in both health and disease has been linked to functions related to metabolism, psychology and immune system.

    As mentioned above, these bacteria can affect our health in a very real way, from digestive complications such IBS and diarrhea to depression, and more often than not are the root cause to chronic diseases such as obesity and cancer but even further, poor gut health can be genetically passed on. A Washington University study introduced the gut bacterias of two identical twins to mice. The mice that received the microbes from Twin A, who had a lean disposition, remained lean. The mice that received the microbes from Twin B who suffered from obesity, gained weight.

    Our Gut : The Front Line
    Think of your gut microbiome as the all seeing eye of the human body. It knows where you’ve been and it knows how to prepare for where you’re going. The bacteria in your gut is constantly changing and helping the body adapt for what may come. The foods we eat are filled with their own bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that gather in our gut. Once in our gut, the lining of our intestines, which are packed with immune cells, have to decide if these new encounters are for the lack of a better phrase — friend or foe. More often than not, our gut will recognize the new addition and make room (so to speak) but on other occasions new encounters can seriously deregulate your gut health and affect your overall health.

    Your Gut Health is Unique to You
    Our gut microbiome is unique to us and is established by our routines and eating habits. Your gut has been an essential part of the digestive process and immune defense for all the years you’ve been alive — it knows how far it can deviate from what your body would call a “normal” gut microbiome.

    Gut Microbiome

    Gut microbiome continues to be a topic of discussion in health and medicine and in many ways is still a mystery. One thing we do know for sure is that by introducing prebiotics and probiotics into our daily diet, we nurture the body with bacteria our gut loves.

    Natural probiotics can be found in :

    • Yogurt with living bacteria
    • Kefir
    • Sauerkraut
    • Tempeh
    • Miso
    • Algae such as spirulina and chlorella
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Raw cheese

    Natural prebiotics can be found in :

    • Legumes
    • Artichokes
    • Garlic
    • Mangoes
    • Watermelon
    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Cauliflower
    • Mushrooms
    • Rye
    • Wheat

    Prebiotics ferment in the colon and will balance the gut flora by promoting the proliferation of good bacteria to the detriment of bad ones. These important foods can assist in stabilizing your gut health and overall immune system. #proguthealth

    Stay tuned for more blog posts on gut health!

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