On a daily basis, we’re exposed to a lot of information about our health. We’re told to eat more of this, eat less of that, exercise more, cut this out of our diet, and add this in… it can be very overwhelming. But if you were to sit back and evaluate the facts, you would see that it’s all for our benefit. However, there’s one thing that’s not discussed as much as it should be, and that’s our gut health.
Did you know that by improving the health of your gut flora, you’re helping your body deal with a host of other problems? Within this article, we explain four reasons why gut health is so important. After all, we have 100 trillion microbes/bacteria in our gut system. This is 10x more than what we have in our cells in all our body and surely has an impact on our overall health. Recent studies has shown that by improving this are may help solve the disease of “Crohn” according to Yahoo Singapore.
It can influence your weight
Studies have shown that those who have less diversity in their gut flora are often overweight. Those who have more diversity are often leaner. In fact, there are even two types of gut bacteria that are linked with obesity. If you’ve got too many Firmicutes and not enough Bacteroidetes, you are more than likely to suffer from obesity.
This was even proven in science labs, using mice. A mouse was given the same gut bacteria as an obese person, and it gained weight. Another mouse was then given gut bacteria from a lean person, and it lost weight.
It can reduce or increase your risk of heart disease
If you eat a lot of eggs, beef or food that is high in fat and cholesterol, you are more at risk of heart disease. This is common knowledge, but did you know why? It’s because when gut bacteria feeds on those items, they produce a compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide. This compound increases the likelihood of a stroke or a heart attack. The less of this compound you have in your body, the less likely the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
You can improve your gut health by reducing your intake of foods (good trends) that are high in fat and/or cholesterol.
It is the key player in a strong immune system
We all have that one friend who’s constantly sick with a stomach bug, a cough, a cold or a flu. They seem to get sick more often than anyone else, and they seem to be stuck with viruses and other sicknesses for a lot longer. Their gut health may be to blame.
Your immune system is closely centered in the stomach, interacting with your cells. At an early age, your immune system is formed based on what you were consuming – either breast milk or formula. Formula is linked to less diversity in gut bacteria than breast milk. This means that many people who were breast fed often have a far stronger immune system than those who weren’t. It also relates to your lymphatic tissue located within the intestine. This contains cells that produce an immune response.
It can affect your brain
Believe it or not, your gut health can be directly linked to your mood. It’s a well-known fact that antibiotics kill both good and bad gut bacteria. So, when a mouse was given antibiotics to kill gut bacteria, it became less anxious. When its gut bacteria were restored, its anxiety also returned. This proves that gut bacteria have a direct link to your mood and how you’re feeling.