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We tend to forget about the things we don’t see. But, often what happens behind the scenes allows the show to go on.
Many people do not give a second thought to their gut health. However, our intestines set the stage for functions all over the body. We should think about how to improve gut health on a regular basis.
5 Facts About Gut Health
Your guts play an integral role in the body. Keep reading for facts about your guts that will leave you feeling gassed!
1. Your Intestines are Longer than You
The average adult’s intestines measure in at about 28ft! That makes your guts about 10 times longer than your body!
This may sound like just a fun fact but think about the amount of body composition they create. If you put your gut health on the back burner, then you put 28ft plus diameter of body tissue at risk for injury or disease.
Some general ways we can keep our intestines healthy include staying properly hydrated and eating diets full of fiber. What you eat not only affects your dental health but your overall wellness too. Fruits, veggies, and whole grains all create a good gut health diet.
2. They’re Alive
You may think of your intestines as a highway to the dump. However, they serve as a living space for tens of trillions of microbes.
While we often think of bacteria as disease-causing, our gut flora helps us live healthy lives. They take up space in the intestines so harmful bacteria cannot thrive there and live off of our waste, creating a symbiotic relationship. Furthermore, some of them produce chemicals that kill off harmful organisms!
These good gut germs aid in digestion by producing enzymes that break food down and aiding in the absorption of nutrients.
Some intestinal microbiota helps us convert vitamin K into its functional form. This is crucial for the body to produce the protein, prothrombin, that helps us form blood clots. Without it, we would bleed to death.
Antibiotics sometimes kill off these friendly microbes, which can mess up normal functions and allow invasive organisms to infect the space. To prevent this, eat yogurt with live and active cultures, drink kombucha, and eat sour krout to introduce more probiotics into your system.
3. Your Gut Flora Can Fight Diabetes
As mentioned above, good gut flora helps you digest food. More specifically, some fuel themselves with excess glucose.
This helps to keep blood sugar levels under control. If you suffer from type two diabetes, a gut health diet can help you lower your sugar. Include probiotics into your daily diet.
4. Your Brain Manages Your Guts
Your gut health also depends on you keeping up on your mental health. The gut-brain connection means that stress, anxiety, and depression will affect your physical health.
Stress can manifest as indigestion, abdominal cramps, heartburn, and loose stools. The stress response actually worsens intestinal inflammation. Reducing stress and treating mental health conditions may eliminate chronic IBS symptoms.
5. Most of Your Immune System Resides There
Your GI tract contains about 80% of your immune system. This means that your health literally depends on them.
The gut flora plays a large role in developing and protecting our immunity. Again, making probiotics very important. Visit https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/restore-gut-health-fix-diarrhea-constipation-and-bloating for more information.
You can also protect your immunity by decreasing the number of harmful organisms you expose your intestines to by:
- Washing hands before touching food
- Storing food at proper temperatures
- Cooking meat and fish properly
- Avoiding cross-contamination by using clean utensils, pans, and surfaces to prep and cook food
Preventing germs means keeping your guts healthy.
Smile Because You Can
Good gut health will leave you feeling happy and healthy. So smile, because good health means you can.
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