A little fun fact I recently learned was that on average we have around 5 lbs of bacteria in our bodies; mostly in our gut. Out of the 100 trillion cells in our body, only 10% are human, the rest are simply, bacteria. As a health enthusiast I find the human body to be very interesting. I think it's amazing how it can create new cells, heal itself and keep us alive and healthy. Its our job to nourish it correctly, move consistently and continuously learn new ways to care for it. So today, I wanted to talk a little about gut health and what we can do to optimize it.
So what does your gut do?
Your gut is filled with trillions of bacteria (bacteria that we want!) that help digest food, fight off disease and hopefully leave you feeling energized and well. If you are consistently getting sick, fatigued or have more serious illnesses, your gut health could have a lot to do with it.
Your gut is the only organ in the body that has it's own nervous system. Your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) controls voluntary and involuntary actions. These are things like walking, writing, throwing, breathing, living, etc... Your enteric nervous system (located in your gut) communicates with the brain and sends important information throughout the body.
It's thought that gut microbes effect not only our health but also our mood and behavior. Our good ole gut is responsible for making about 95% of the bodies serotonin which influences mood, sleep and our appetite. It's no wonder gut health is such a big topic for discussion, it is the center for our total well being.
Kriss Carr says it right in her blog , "When your gut is in tip-top shape, about 80-85 percent of bacteria are good guys and 15-20 percent are bad guys. You feel great, your body is strong and nimble, you rarely get sick, your energy is consistent, you poop like a champ, life is good. The healthy bacteria are free to do their job with ease. They assist with digestion, produce disease-fighting antibodies, crowd out bad bacteria and produce certain hormones, vitamins and nutrients. But when the harmful bacteria stage a revolt, all hell breaks loose. They totally gum up the works and cause painful problems like inflammation and infection, which can then lead to health issues such as constipation, candida, allergies, arthritis, headaches, depression, autoimmune diseases and more."
So what types of things screw this healthy, happy ratio up? Toxins, chemicals, medications, stress, illness and cruddy foods.I think it's important for us to take charge if our health, especially in this day and age. We are bombarded with chemicals, toxins and quick fixes that can wreck havoc on our health and immune system. With that being said ,here are some things we can start doing today to take back our gut health.
Take back your gut health
Remember this is a journey that we are on for the rest of our lives. Do your best and always keep learning.
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more