Updated: Feb 3
Have you been wondering what is the root cause of your chronic diseases? Why is your immune system not functioning optimally? Why is gut health so important? How exactly does the gut affect your immune system? In this video I am going to share answers to these questions and talk about 7 reasons why gut health is important to boost your immune system and overall health.
Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut? The greatest density of immune cells in your entire body are in your small intestine. When there are problems in the small intestine, like bacterial overgrowths or inflammation, they can cause problems with immune system.
1: THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION Our brain and gut are connected by a network of neurones, chemicals and hormones. How does your body knows when it’s hungry? The gut-brain connection means that poor digestive health can even lead to mood disorders.
A period of intense stress might have a negative effect on your gut, while a sunny summer spent eating lots of fresh veg and working outside can have a positive effect. This effect is not just because anxiety may cause your muscles to tense, your emotions can actually change the behaviour of your microbes in your gut.
2: THE GUT - SKIN CONNECTION
Many skin conditions originate in your gut and require more than skin creams to remediate. Inflammation in the gut caused by a poor diet or food allergies may cause increased “leaking” of certain proteins out into the body, which can in turn irritate the skin and cause conditions such as eczema.
3. THE GUT HORMONE CONNECTION
The gut bacteria plays an important role in the breaking of hormones and their removal from the blood. This is especially important for women because problems in this area can cause imbalances in oestrogen. This could look like PMS, irritability, depression, weight gain and accelerated ageing.
4. THE GUT SLEEP CONNECTION
Digestive health and the wellbeing of bacteria in our gut have been recognised as factors that can also impact our sleep. It is no secret that lack of sleep, appetite, and obesity have a tight bond, but so far, we did not know much about the microbiome and its role in sleep.
Lack of sleep or insomnia can put our appetite out of balance, increase our food cravings, and cause weight gain. That is because lack of sleep decreases the level of a hormone called leptin, which is responsible for our feeling of fullness after a meal.
5. THE GUT THYROID CONNECTION
Did you know certain diets that limit inflammatory foods and excess carb intake can improve thyroid autoimmunity and body composition? Thyroid autoimmunity is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. There is preliminary evidence showing that the treatment of bacteria H.pylori has been shown to reduce thyroid autoimmunity.
6. THE GUT- METABOLISM CONNECTION
Some people have an overgrowth of bad bacteria in their intestines, which has been correlated to being overweight, having high blood sugar and having high cholesterol. Preliminary evidence shows improvement in metabolism after treating these gut bacteria. There are also studies showing that improving good gut bacteria might be a powerful way to managed high blood sugar levels, which can be related to diabetes.
7. THE GUT-DIGESTIVE SYMPTOM CONNECTION.
Studies show that upto 84% of people suffering with digestive disorders like IBS, Gerd, leaky gut have an overgrowth of bacteria in intestines. To know more about IBS, causes, symptoms and how to treat it naturally, watch this video. Click Here
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