What Is Your Gut Telling You?

  • October 11, 2018 /

A Little About Your Gut

When we think of a biome, we typically picture a community of organisms that live in a large habitat. A desert, tundra, and tropical rainforest are all good examples of a biome. What most people don’t know, however, is that their own gut is an example of a biome—a microbiome. Over 1,000 species of organisms live in your gut. Together, they create a unique habitat. Bacteria cells actually outnumber our own cells ten to one.  Though these microbiomes in our gut may not have soil, trees, or sunlight, our gut acts very similar to a biome we may see in nature. In nature, animals adapt to their environment and live off of the resources they have available. In our gut, bacteria live and work to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

The bacteria in our gut can have an overwhelming effect on our weight and metabolism. Some bacteria extract more energy from food, leading to weight gain, while other bacteria will extract less energy from your food, leading to weight loss. A majority of your immune system is based in your microbiome. The bacteria within your body play a key role in many other central functions of the body as well. This is why it is so important to ensure a healthy environment inside your gut.

How to Have a Healthy Gut:

When your gut microbiome is balanced, you stay healthy. Additionally, you are more likely to be in a good mood and have more energy. When your gut microbiome is out of balance, you become susceptible to all kinds of health issues. This includes weight gaindiabetes, brain fog, and cancer. To help, there are certain lifestyle habits you can use to maintain a healthy gut.

  • Eat the Right Foods. The goal is to get rid of anything that negatively affect the environment of your body. Some of these things include inflammatory foods, infections, and gastric irritants like alcohol, caffeine or drugs. The best thing we can do is to eat whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods. One of the best ways to maintain gut health involves cutting out the sugar and refined carbs. To supplement this, high fiber diets can keep our guts strong. Three-fourths of your plate should be vegetables and plant-based foods.
  • Take a Probiotic. Include probiotic-rich foods in your diet on a daily basis. This helps reduce gut inflammation while cultivating health and the growth of good bacteria.
  • Support Your Digestion: Supplements can aid by adding the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption. This includes digestive enzymeshydrochloric acid and bile acids.
  • Relax. If your microbiome is out of balance, you may feel anxious, depressed, or tired. You may also suffer from memory problems or brain fog. Every time you sit down to eat, take a deep breath, pause and relax. Research shows that prolonged periods of stress can impair your gut bacteria and make you susceptible to infection.
  • Get Enough Sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to a poor gut ecosystem. Additionally, sleep deprivation causes weight gain. Studies have only begun to show how closely these two principles relate. After just two nights of sleep deprivation, your gut of can environmentally resemble the gut of an obese individual.
  • Exercise and Sweat Regularly.  Your gut bacteria operate best when you exercise regularly. That’s because regular exercise promotes biodiversity of your gut flora. Research shows that exercise actually increases the good bacteria in your gut!

Like everything else, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your gut. Finding a healthy balance that matches the needs of your body is key. Your gut bacteria are extremely important for many aspects of health so it’s worth speaking with a specialist who can help you find what works best for you.