Gut health has become a buzzword in the health and wellness industry, and it’s not hard to see why.
From probiotic supplements to fermented foods, it seems like everyone is on a mission to improve their gut health. Why ARE we so obsessed with it?
Our gut is home to trillions of bacteria that play a crucial role in our overall health and wellbeing. The gut microbiome is linked to:
- Joint Health, or what we call the Locomotor System.
- Hormone Metabolism.
- Our Nervous System.
- Digestion and absorption.
A healthy gut microbiome can improve digestion, boost immunity, and even impact our mood and mental health. Do our joints depend on a healthy gut? Yes, they may very well be connected.
There is a hypothesis that conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, begins in places that have mucosa (the wet linings of your cheeks, your sinuses, vagina and the gut have mucosa. How can this be?
Gut bacteria that is imbalanced, or more “pathogenic” causes leaky gut, or what is also known as intestinal permeability. From here, bacteria and the mucosal lining of the gut work to trigger immune responses that are less than optimal. This study suggests that the bacteria composition of the lungs, mouth and digestive system may play a role in joint inflammation or even automimmune disease (1)
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With the rise of chronic diseases and the increasing awareness of connections like the gut joint connection, or the gut-brain connection, it’s no wonder that people are paying more attention to their gut health. But is all the hype really warranted?
In this article, we’ll explore the science behind gut health and examine whether our obsession is justified.
The microbiome and its role in gut health
The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that reside in our gastrointestinal tract. The microbiome is essential for our digestive health, as it helps us break down food and extract nutrients. It also plays a role in regulating our immune system, and preventing harmful pathogens from entering our body.
The microbiome is incredibly diverse, with countless different microbial species identified in the gut. Each person’s microbiome is unique, with factors such as genetics, diet, environment, and stressors, shaping its composition. While some bacteria are beneficial to our health, others can cause harm. For example, an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria can lead to digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Many of our clients are working on SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Look for a future post on this!
Despite the complexity of the microbiome, research has shown that certain factors can promote a healthy gut. One of the most important is diet. Eating a variety of whole, plant-based foods can help feed the good bacteria in our gut, while limiting processed foods and sugar can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
Why is this? Fibre feeds the gut bugs.
Another huge factor in gut health is stress. When you are stressed, your nervous system tells your digestive system that it isn’t needed right now. Stress can be from many different things!
In our last article we talked about bacterial biofilms.
This is a bit different than the free (or planktonic) gut microbes. They have a different order, communication system and behave differently than your gut microbiota (2).
Gut health and immune system function
The gut is also integral to our immune system function. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is a network of immune cells located in the gut. These cells work to identify and neutralize harmful pathogens that enter our body through the digestive tract.
Research has shown that a healthy gut microbiome helps regulate our immune system, reducing the risk of autoimmune diseases and other chronic illnesses. Conversely, an imbalanced microbiome can lead to chronic inflammation, which has been linked to a wide range of health problems, including immune challenges, blood sugar imbalances, and heart issues. This is where the intestinal permeability, or leaky gut comes into play.
If you have tried a Full Scan, and have seen Allergy Points listed on your report, along with digestive stress, you may have an energetic connection to leaky gut type issues. This is seen in people who feel reactive to many things, including foods, smells, certain chemicals and mold.
Working on your digestive health, can support your immune system!
The gut-brain connection
The gut-brain connection refers to the communication between the digestive tract and the brain. The gut is often referred to as the “second brain” due to the complex network of neurons (which are nerve cells and messengers) located in the gut. The vagus nerve connects the gut and the brain, and transmits signals between the two organs.
Research has shown that the gut microbiome can impact our mental health and mood.
The microbiome produces neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which play a role in regulating our mood and emotions. An imbalanced microbiome has been linked to depression, anxiety, and even autism.
Common gut health issues and their causes
There are several common gut health issues that people experience, including:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Low stomach acid
- High stomach acid
IBS affects the large intestine, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation or diarrhea. IBD is a chronic inflammatory issue that affects the lining of the digestive tract, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.
Leaky gut syndrome occurs when the lining of the gut becomes permeable, allowing harmful substances to enter the bloodstream. This can lead to inflammation and a range of health problems, including autoimmune diseases. MANY things can lead to a leaky, or permeable, gut.
The causes of these gut health issues are varied and complex.
Factors such as genetics, diet, stress, and environmental toxins can all play a role.
Symptoms of poor gut health
Poor gut health can manifest in a variety of ways, including digestive issues, skin problems, joint pain, and immune system dysfunction. Some common symptoms of poor gut health include:
- Bloating, gas, and abdominal pain.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
- Skin rashes or acne.
- Food intolerances.
- Fatigue and brain fog.
- Frequent infections or illnesses.
- Hair loss.
- Weak nails.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be worth exploring your gut health to see if there’s an underlying issue. Of course, seek attention from a licensed health professional, while adding in integrative practices.
Foods that promote gut health
One of the most effective ways to improve gut health is through what you eat.
Eating a variety of whole, plant-based foods can help feed the good bacteria in our gut, while limiting processed foods and sugar can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Some foods that are particularly beneficial for gut health include:
- Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir.
- Prebiotic foods such as garlic, onions, and asparagus.
- Probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt and kombucha.
- High-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
- Resistant starches like oats, rice, and green bananas.
Want to work on digestive health? Our Nourish plans can help!
Supplements for gut health
As you can see, a variety of foods can support gut health. Variety is a key word!
Many times supplements can also be beneficial for gut health. Probiotic supplements, like our Flora Syntropy, contain live bacteria that can help replenish the gut microbiome. Prebiotic supplements contain fiber and other compounds that feed the good bacteria in our gut. Your food is also a form or prebiotics.
It’s essential to choose high-quality supplements that have been tested for purity and efficacy.
We only use some of the best supplement lines like, like Physica Energetics, that fit our criteria.
Lifestyle factors that impact gut health
In addition to diet and supplements, several lifestyle factors can impact gut health. Stress is a significant factor, as it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in our gut and contribute to chronic inflammation. Exercise has been shown to promote a healthy gut microbiome, while smoking and alcohol consumption can have negative effects.
Getting enough sleep is also essential for gut health. Sleep deprivation has been linked to an imbalanced microbiome and a range of health problems, including obesity and diabetes.
Sleep not only helps your gut, but also your brain and nervous system! This is all through the Glymphatic System!
Next steps for improving gut health
Gut health is a complex topic, with many factors at play. While there’s still much to learn about the microbiome and its role in our health, there’s no denying that a healthy gut is essential for overall wellbeing. Eating a diverse, whole foods-based diet, taking high-quality supplements, and managing stress are all important steps in improving gut health.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of poor gut health, it may be worth exploring further. Our resources, in the form of nutrition plans, supplements, scans and practitioners, can support your gut health and improve your overall quality of life.
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