The importance of a healthy gut

The ability for your gut to contribute to your overall health makes it one of the most complex organs in the body. This organ being linked to your immunity, mental health and various conditions is only a fraction of the gut’s influence. 70% of your immunity is found in your gut. As a result, numerous medical communities continue to marvel at its abilities. Help finetune your happiness and health by better understanding this incredible organ.

 

The gut

The gastrointestinal tract, also referred to as the gut, is an integral part of food transportation. This organ helps move food from the mouth to the stomach. It then helps convert this into nutrients and energy. This process ultimately determines critical functions in the body. The gut, however, goes beyond mere transportation as it continues to help maintain homeostasis. The gut also contributes to your overall well-being.

 

What is gut health?

Gut health is the balance of microorganisms found in one’s digestive tract. Ensuring a healthy balance will positively contribute to your physical and mental health. ‘Gut flora’ or ‘gut microbiome’ are the bacteria, viruses and yeast found in the gut. The gut has over 100 trillion of these microbes. They all impact your wellbeing as they’re deemed ‘good bacteria’. These microbes help remove toxins from the body and help with digestion. Gut health issues, therefore, occur when there is an imbalance with the good bacteria. This will ultimately affect vital bodily processes. 

 

What affects gut health?

  •         Emotional stress. Scientists have continued to unpack the “gut-brain axis”. This is where the pathways used for cognitive signalling are affected. Neurotransmitters will slow down when the gut is imbalanced.
  •         Food. What you ingest will ultimately play a role in the bacterial strength (or weakness) of your gut. Foods that contain processed, sugar-heavy contents will, therefore, have a negative impact.
  •         Medication. Most medications influence microbiome changes. One of the most prominent being antibiotics. This gut-altering drug works to kill harmful bacteria. However, it can also wipe out necessary bacteria too.
  •         Alcohol. Overindulging in alcohol will negatively impact your gut health. Make sure to drink in moderation and alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.

 

How do I detect gut health issues?

When the bacteria in your gut is off-balance, you’ll know. In most cases, these imbalances will fix themselves, but in chronic cases, medical treatment will be needed. Understanding the tell-tale signs will help you understand and maintain the strength of your gut.

Symptoms

  •         Joint pain
  •         Brain fog
  •         Anxiety
  •         Mood wings
  •         Headaches and migraines
  •         Insomnia
  •         Bloating and abdominal pain
  •         Frequent illness
  •         Nausea

 

How to ensure the health of your gut

  •         Load up on fibre, including whole grains, barely and leafy greens that will help with digestion.
  •         Drop sugar and artificial sweeteners. They will only throw your microbiome balance out.
  •         Opt-in for fermented foods like yoghurt, kombucha and sauerkraut. They promote healthy bacteria!
  •         Eat probiotic-rich foods. This will help restore your gut health by acting as a source of natural nourishment.
  •         Exercise regularly. Physical activity will positively influence the gut’s microbiomes.
  •         Regularly book IV Vitamin drip sessions. The VitaFuzion range is packed with crucial vitamins and minerals that have your gut health in mind.

Maintaining a healthy gut has many benefits for your physical and emotional well-being. Making necessary dietary changes and an appropriate lifestyle change will help you strengthen your gut. Put your health first this year by clicking here to book your IV Vitamin drip session. Need help curating the perfect meal plan for you and your gut? Click here.