This may be embarrassing to admit but until recently I wasn’t really sure what gut are. I knew when you smashed a bug or saw a rodent on the side of the road it’s ‘guts’ were everywhere. Or Alfalfa’s letter to Darla on the little Rascals “Dear Darla, I hate your stinkin' guts”. So I am going to speak on behalf of most of us and say that we didn’t get a clear picture while growing up.
In the last few years I’ve heard much more diverse gut talk like how important our gut is, leaky gut, and the importance of probiotics for your gut while taking antibiotics. So it got me wanting to know more.
So lets start with WHAT IS YOUR GUT?
Your gut is actually a group of organs, your digestive tract which includes your mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. So guts being everywhere actually makes some sense.
Now that we know what your gut is we can confirm that your gut is pretty important. After all it’s how we absorb our bodies nutrients and where we get our energy from. But what else makes it so important? Your gut is responsible for 80% of your immune system. Translation... if your gut isn’t healthy there’s a good chance you’re more likely to get sick. To add to that your gut is full of bacteria but not all bacteria is bad. The bacteria works together to make sure it’s all functioning how it’s supposed to. Some other problems linked with gut health include allergies or asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and can even be connected to anxiety and depression.
Other signs of an unhealthy gut include sugar cravings, digestive issues, food allergies and bad breath.
There’s so much more to learn so stay tuned for more gut knowledge in the near future!
Posted by Dhani