There are plenty of things that happen inside your body every single day that you may not know anything about. One of the parts of your body that most people don’t realize the importance of is your gut. Without good gut health, your entire body can be majorly affected in a negative way. Even if you do know this, you may not be sure why or what you can do to improve the current state of your gut. Let’s talk more in detail about what is happening in your gut and then we’ll take it from there.
Did you know?
Right this second, your intestines are hosting up 1,000 unique species. Don’t worry, you are not in the minority. In most people, the bacterial cells in their body outnumber their human cells by nearly tenfold. While this might be a bit overwhelming, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Because your immune system is constantly changing so that it can fight off bacteria and viruses, these bacterial cells in your body are actually doing you a ton of good.
You and the bacteria that live in your gut have a very symbiotic relationship. You allow the bacteria to have a place to live and because of this, they are able to help you do many things. These things include helping you to regulate your immune system, digest your food, protect you from the toxins and pathogens and also produce some of the key nutrients that your body needs.
What is the state of your gut health?
A good way to determine in what shape your gut is can be discovered by just considering what physical shape you are in. More than ever before, obesity is affecting people by threatening their overall health. While the simple method of eating healthy and getting enough exercise can work to help those who want to lose weight, there may be more to it than that. It has actually been proven that people who are overweight have far less microbiomes than those who are in good physical shape. Because they have fewer species of bacteria, it is possible that they are not able to metabolize nutrients in the same productive way that someone who is in good shape would be able to.
Additionally, there are a few gastrointestinal diseases that are often linked to specific bacterial species. If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or colorectal cancer, it is likely that these have been partially caused by a lack of bacteria in your gut. On the other hand, introducing certain things into your diet that will help to increase the amount of bacteria present in your gut could actually potentially help your condition.
Interested in learning more about your gut health?
If you want to increase the health of your gut, you should absolutely check back to our blog soon. Additionally, making an appointment at our gastroenterology office may also be a good idea. We can give you a much clearer idea of how healthy your gut is and offer suggestions for improving the health of your entire body.