- What is the Gut ?
- Why is it so important? (Digestion) (You’re not only what you eat…rather what your body can do with it!)
90% of the diseases begin in the gut
It’s the connection between the outside and the inside world
Converts food to energy
Absorbs nutrients (building blocks of the body for proper functioning)
Eliminates toxins and fights pathogens that we get exposed to
- It functions North to South (Domino effect)
- Any breakdown in the sequence impacts everything downstream.
- Breakdown of the system leads to nutrient imbalances, deficiencies, toxic load built up and thus leading to early stages of disease
- Common signs people experience at early stages gas, bloating , heartburn, acid reflux , constipation etc.
- Most people reach out for symptomatic relief like antacids, digestive aids etc. but never try and understand what’s causing it…most of the times its poor dietary and lifestyle choices
- Do you know eating a big bowl of fruits as dessert after a heavy meal is a poor dietary choice?
Another important aspect of gut health is:
- Gut Microbiome: Colony of micro-organisms that are colonising our gut (probiotics)
- Evolved much before we came into existence and were crucial for exchange of information that allowed our existence and capability to understand how to convert food into energy in the presence of sunlight…
- They are the controllers (gut microbes) of our immune system and and prime our immune cells. (exchange of intelligence/ co-existence in exchange for food)
- Their diversity is key to our long term health.
- We have lost almost 40% of the diversity of our gut microbiome as compared to out grandfathers and that has a crucial role to play in the widespread epidemic of chronic health conditions. (microcosm of the macrocosm of what’s happening on the planet in terms of the soil..)
- Main reasons of this loss is over-usage of anti-biotics, chemicals, pesticides, preservatives in our environment and diet (toxic overload) causing our immune system to react in the absence of certain species/intelligence of our microbiome which has led to poor immune response
- Gut Feeling: Strong Gut and brain connection through the Vagus nerve. The communication highway with 80% of the messages going upstream to the brain. Controls our moods and all neurotransmitters produced in our gut by the gut bacteria. Anxiety, depression, mood swings have a strong gut connection.
- Food addictions/cravings have a strong link to the gut brain connection. The opportunistic bacteria in your gut can produce neurotransmitters that can create food addictions and cause further issues with health conditions and mood disorders.
Dynamic and evolving field of research that’s going on to understand our gut especially the role of the gut microbiome as we still do not understand enough. We cannot ignore the role of Gut health especially starting at the basics and proper functioning if we want a root cause-based resolution of our health and not just symptomatic disease management.
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