The Key To Perfect Health Lies In Healing Your Gut. Here's How
As a nation, we are just now starting to realize the importance of gut health in relation to our overall health. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? This means that if you take proper care of your gut, then your immune responses will be strong and healthy. It isn’t just about physical disease either, as mental health is surprisingly largely tied to your gut health as well. Around 90% of neutrotransmitters – the chemicals that regulate your mood such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine – are actually formed in your gut. If you have severe anxiety and depression, you may want to pay attention.
When your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is unhealthy, you may experience direct physical symptoms such as gas, pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. However, these are just beginning symptoms and may actually be the root of more serious chronic illnesses. Many autoimmune diseases have been linked to imbalance in the gut. Additionally, hormone imbalances also trace their roots to gut health.
As you can see, the health of your GI tract is pretty crucial to your overall wellbeing. But how do you check your gut health and revitalize your system?
Take out the trash
The very first step to overhauling your gut is to “take out the trash”, so to speak. Eliminate inflammatory and irritating foods, substances and hidden infections that have a negative impact on your GI tract. Examples of this are things like alcohol, drugs, caffeine, and allergy ridden foods such as dairy, soy, gluten, corn and sugar. If you are unsure of whether any of these foods and substances are causing you issues, you should consider a food sensitivity test as well as go on an elimination diet to find out which things you are sensitive to. As far as detecting and curing infections, a stool analysis may be necessary, and this will also help detect your levels of healthy and bad gut bacteria as well. To remove any infections from bacteria, yeast or parasites, you may need to be treated with medication or herbs.
Replenish your gut with good things
After you take out the trash, it is very important to fill your system back up with things that will build up, restore and replenish your tract. Your gut has likely been depleted of nutrients and healthy substances by disease, a bad diet, drugs and aging. Some of the things you need to consider are digestive enzymes and the acids that aid healthy digestion such as hydrochloric acid and bile acids.
Repopulate your gut colony
The next step is to make sure you repopulate your tract with good levels of beneficial bacteria to restore any imbalances that you have built up over time. Doing this may require you taking probiotic supplements for a short time. Most probiotic supplements contain good bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Taking somewhere between 25-100 billion units a day will go a long way toward re-establishing a healthy gut colony. In addition, eating healthy foods that promote growth of health bacteria such as foods that are rich in soluble fiber and prebiotic foods such as bananas and certain vegetables like leeks, asparagus and onion.
Repair the damage
Last but not least, it is important to feed yourself with the nutrients that are needed to help your body heal and repair your gut. Examples of this is omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. Taking amino acids such as L-glutamne can also rebuild and heal the lining of your gut walls.
Following these steps will go a long way toward repairing and rejuvenating your gut health, which will then impact your overall physical and mental health positively. So consider following these steps to make a huge difference in your health.