Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Take care of your gut !

5 Reasons to take care of your gut health ! You may not give your gut much thought beyond how much your stomach might be rumbling or whether your waistline looks a little bloated as you check yourself in the mirror. But your gut is home to microbes and bacteria that play a crucial role in everything from absorbing nutrients and boosting immunity to reducing inflammation and even balancing your mood.
The microbiome plays an important role in immunological function, brain health, energy levels, skin, and muscle function. When your gut is healthy, the rest of your body can work better and more optimally. Here’s why a healthy gut is good for you, and how you can keep it working at its peak levels.
The bacteria in your gut play a crucial role in what nutrients your body absorbs from your diet, but they also help determine the amount of calories and energy that enter into your body. You have good and bad bacteria in your body. When you consume highly processed foods and/or those high in sugar, starch, and unhealthy fats, your body typically reacts with high levels of inflammation that can encourage the growth of certain “bad” bacteria in the gut. This bacteria can overwhelm the “good” bacteria and trigger an overproduction of insulin, which will cue your body to stop burning fat and start storing it. When you switch to foods with healthy fats and high-fiber eats that support healthier bacteria, you’ll start to reduce this inflammation and reset your metabolism.
Researchers speculate that microbes manipulate your eating behavior by generating cravings for specific foods so a host of unhealthy bacteria might have you reaching for that cheeseburger and fries over a simple salad. Feed the bad and you will keep wanting it !!!That said, eating a healthy diet filled with good-for-your-gut foods can reverse cravings for junk, so you’ll be choosing better options in a relatively short period of time.
You have more neurotransmitters in your gut than in the brain. More than 70% of the feel-good hormone serotonin (which regulates mood, sleep, and memory) is made in the gut. When your gut is off-balance, your mood changes, and you can become more anxious and depressed.
One of the key functions of the gut, besides its role in digesting food, is to help keep your immune system strong. More than 80% of your body’s immune system surrounds your gut.That means that damage to the thin cell wall in the intestines can have a significant effect on your body. And since bacteria, viruses, and other toxins can frequently be found in food, a healthy gut is vital to fighting off infections from foods and the environment.
When you’re not able to fully absorb all the nutrients from your food, you’ll notice a difference in the mirror. If your gut isn’t functioning well, your hair may be thinner, nails more brittle, and skin more blemished. Studies show that more than half of all acne sufferers have issues with gut flora, and the skin condition rosacea has been linked to bacterial imbalance.
The following are symptoms that your microbiome is imbalanced,
Abdominal pain
Dry skin
Dull or lifeless hair
Low Energy
Low sex drive
Muscle pain
Poor skin color

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