What's In Your Gut?
A healthy gut is teaming with life. Home to 3 trillion microbes including viruses, yeast, fungi and bacteria, and 2/3's of the bodies lymphocytes, the gastrointestinal tract is the largest organ of the immune system. In fact, it is the largest surface of interaction with the outside world and continuously processes toxins, microbes, food additives and drugs.
The gut has 5 key roles.
1. Digestion of food.
2. Absorption of nutrients
3. Maintenance of an immune barrier to the outside world
4. A symbiotic relationship with favorable bacteria
5. Detoxification and elimination of waste and toxins
When your gut biome isn't functioning property, it's pretty apparent. You're bloated, gassy, prone to heartburn and constipation. Your skin might be gray, dry, scaly. You may experience unintentional weight fluctuations and sleep disturbances or constant fatigue from mal-absorption of nutrients.
A healthy gut has less identifiable symptoms because everything is working properly. All food is being digested into component parts. The digestive surface is vibrant and easily absorbs micro-nutrients while blocking larger, partially digested food particles, bacteria, yeast and parasites. The immune system associated with our gut is only activated when necessary, without over stimulation. You should feel good after eating and have 1-3 solid, well-formed bowel movements per day. Lastly, healthy guts will show little to no signs of abdominal gas, bloating, cramps, pain, or acid re-flux after eating.
If you've been walking around like a burping, farting windbag and working on getting sponsored by tums, you might want to consider taking some of the following steps to improved gut health!
Step 1 – Remove Eliminating inflammatory foods, alcohol, caffeine, medications ( as approved by your doctor,) and intestinal infections.
Step 2 – Restore Restore the natural, healthy function of the gut by addressing deficiencies in the digestive process.
Step 3 – Reestablish Reestablish microbial balance within the gut.
Step 4 - Repair Repair, Regenerate and Heal the intestinal lining. The gut lining has profound regenerative capacity because it contains the largest number of rapidly replicating cells in the body.
If you're ready to take the plunge, schedule an appointment with a nutritionist at OnePeak Medical (www.peakmedicalclinic.com). They'll have the tools to walk you down the path to optimal gut health!