It’s gut check time! Did you know your gut plays a major role in your body’s general health and wellness? According to research, our gut biome is linked with obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, arthritis, and even depression.
It’s more than just a gut feeling. Our guts are involved in a lot of processes. With a few lifestyle changes, however, you can prevent disease to live happier and healthier.
Keep reading to discover the importance of gut health and how you can improve your gut biome.
What is the Gut Biome?
Trillions of little microorganisms, or microbes, exist in our intestines and on our skin. These microbes include fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Many of these microbes live in a pocket of our large intestine and are known as the gut microbiome.
There are up to 1,00 species of bacteria in the human gut microbiome. Each one plays a different role.
Some cause diseases, while others keep us healthy.
Together, they behave like an extra organ that’s involved in your health.
How Your Gut Affects Your Health
When we’re discussing the importance of gut health, it’s essential to review how the microbiome affects our body. The gut microbiota is involved with:
- Helping us digest the healthy sugars in breast milk we need as babies to grow
- Helping us digest fiber and produce short-chain fatty acids, preventing diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain
- Helping our immune system by controlling how our body responds to infection
- Helping the central nervous system, which controls brain health
According to the largest study into the microbiome, results showed a connection between mental illness and gut bacteria as well. This includes conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
Though how your gut affects your health varies in a number of ways, you can still improve your gut biome to benefit your overall health.
Improving Your Gut Biome
Get a gut microbiome check before it is too late. That way, you can determine whether or not your gut biome needs some extra help.
After your check, you can improve your gut microbiome by:
- Eating a range of foods including fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes that are rich in fiber (which promotes good bacteria)
- Limiting artificial sweeteners in your diet, which increase blood sugar and production of unhealthy bacterias in the gut microbiome
- Eating fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and yogurt, which also promote good bacteria in the body
- Eating prebiotic foods such as oats, apples, and artichokes to stimulate good bacteria in the body
- Taking probiotic supplements to restore the gut
- Eating foods rich in polyphenols such as olive oil, who grains, dark chocolate, and red wine
- Exercising more
With these lifestyle changes, you can improve your immune system and prevent health risks.
Gut Check: The Importance of Gut Health
Now that you know the importance of gut health, you can take the necessary steps to improve your gut biome! That way, you can live healthier and happier.
Check your gut and improve your gut biome by improving your diet and exercising today!
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