HealthHow Your Gut Controls Your Health

How Your Gut Controls Your Health

The expression “I have a gut feeling” is more than just a turn of phrase. Your gut is, in fact, a second brain. It’s called the enteric nervous system, or the ENS. In the last 15 years or so, scientists have understood how essential your gut is to your physical and mental health. So, how does it work and why do we not know how important gut health is?

Since knowledge is power, understanding how the gut works means that you can take active steps to improve your gut health and reverse any damage that has already been done.

So, here’s an introduction to Gut 101. 

Your gut has several different parts, which include all the organs that support the digestion of food and process waste. The esophagus, the stomach, both small and large intestines, the gall bladder, the liver, and the pancreas. The second brain, or ENS, is in direct communication with your primary brain. It’s referred to as the brain-gut link. This communication is both chemical and physical. One of the most important aspects of maintaining our health is a healthy immune system. Did you know that your gut makes up 70% of your immune system? What? It means that your gut plays a major role in your overall health and well-being.

External aspects such as your skin, how your breath smells, bloating, and general appearance, are in large part due to your gut health. Less visible aspects such as mood, mental health and several diseases are also steered by your gut. 

Once gut health has deteriorated badly over time, it causes leaky gut syndrome. This allows bacteria, parasites, and toxins into your bloodstream, infesting your entire body. At that point, inflammation, which we talk about a little later, is also out of control. On top of other serious diseases, it can cause the repulsive condition we call “inflammageing.” It can add up to 15 years to your face and cause your hair to fall out. After you’ve reached a certain age, “inflammageing” is the last thing you want. 

Chronic Disease

Two more dire consequences of an unhealthy gut are also IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). IBD is a chronic inflammation of the intestines and, left untreated, it may result in malnutrition, colorectal cancer, fistulas, and holes that go through the bowel wall between different parts of the digestive tract.

IBS is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms. Potential causes are gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections, poor diet, psychological factors like stress, and overuse of antibiotics. It causes painful stomach cramps, bloating, and see-sawing between diarrhea and constipation. Untreated it can cause anal fissures, fecal impaction, hemorrhoids, malnourishment, and, rectal prolapse.

Why is it that so many people don’t know about the importance of gut health? Crazy, right?

We may one day simply wake up feeling lethargic and not looking or feeling our best. And that’s the best-case scenario of an unhealthy gut. 

At worst, we may end up with a chronic and debilitating illness. The consequences of this can be life-altering. One day we’re functioning as independent people, and very soon we may be unable to work, no longer independent, and dealing with excruciating pain and debilitating symptoms.

A healthy gut is central to our health. Once you achieve good gut health, you can be healed of painful, embarrassing, and life-threatening symptoms.

Good gut health is also important for overall wellness. A healthy gut will boost your energy levels and promote a youthful appearance. It can, quite literally, change your life. If you didn’t know about gut health and how important it is, read on and equip yourself with all the knowledge you need. 

Keeping Inflammation Under Control

So, let’s start with inflammation. Inflammation is responsible for a variety of ailments and health problems. At its core, inflammation is the body’s natural way of defending itself against tissue damage by viruses, bacteria, and toxins. This defensive response is largely regulated by the immune system. Sometimes this response is not enough to clear the virus or bacteria in the short term. In these cases, the immune response is triggered incessantly and inflammation becomes chronic. Our immune system sends white blood cells to deal with the “invaders” and too much of this activity is harmful to healthy tissue. Chronic inflammation harms your body. We need to ensure that we minimize inflammation. Since our gut makes up 70% of our immune system, a healthy gut is critical to minimizing inflammation.

The gastrointestinal tract, or GI, is central to controlling inflammation in the gut. Nutrients from our food are extracted in the intestines, so you also need a healthy gut to give your body all the nutrition it needs. The best way to achieve a healthy gut, in addition to minimizing inflammation, is to make sure you have healthy gut bacteria. The bacteria colonies are also referred to as the microbiome. The microbiome is made up of “good” and “bad” bacteria.

“Good and Bad” Bacteria?

It’s crazy that we know so little of something that plays such a key role in our lives. Right, so what’s up with this good bacteria / bad bacteria malarkey?

Bacteria are made up of more than 1000 different species and more than 5000 strains. Some of these are helpful to us and some, not so much, or downright harmful. Studies show how critical it is to maintain a healthy balance between the helpful (good) bacteria and the unhelpful, or harmful, (bad) bacteria.

This balance can be disrupted by the food we eat, lifestyle factors such as stress, our environment, and medication, especially antibiotics. When it comes to nutrition, alcohol and processed, high-sugar foods are what cause most of the havoc in our guts. These unhealthy foods feed bad bacteria.

What we want to do is feed and promote the good bacteria. 

A Healthy Microbiome

The best way to colonize a healthy microbiome, full of good bacteria, is by including prebiotic and probiotic foods in your diet.

To kickstart your gut health, you can take powerful supplements that supercharge the good gut bacteria and anti-inflammatory effects. Researchers have also found that the gut microbiome influences your ability to lose weight. So, balancing your microbiome also encourages weight loss. Once your gut bacteria are in balance, you may find those extra pounds fall off easily. 

Probiotics

So, who better than Mother Nature herself to provide the key? Foods that contain and produce healthy gut bacteria are fermented foodstuffs such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha tea, naturally fermented yogurts, and cheeses and they are called probiotics. Probiotics add good bacteria to our microbiome. It’s a really good idea to add these foods to your diet regularly.

However, let’s be real. With our busy lifestyles, can we always ensure that we eat all the right foods all the time? To take the stress out of it, and ensure that you add the right gut bacteria to your diet, we’ve developed Pro-B11. The formula is based on the same ratios as the gut bacteria found in healthy guts.

To get your supply, just click here.

Prebiotics

Other foods, called prebiotics, stimulate the growth of healthy lactic acid bacteria in the intestines by feeding the good bacteria. Natural prebiotics includes chicory root, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, apples, cocoa powder, flaxseed, seaweed, radishes, oats, coconut, sweet potatoes, hemp seed, cabbage, berries, kiwi.

And yes, all the “good” bacteria-containing and bacteria-promoting foods are also anti-inflammatory. The “bad” bacteria-promoting foods are also the inflammation culprits, the villains wreaking havoc in our guts.   

Studies have shown that Kiwifruit is a super-effective prebiotic. Kiwifruit pectin is an even stronger prebiotic than inulin, the “gold standard” when it comes to prebiotics.

Once again, can we always ensure that we eat these foods, and are these foods even readily available where we are? Many of us travel regularly for work and have to eat takeaways or easy-to-prepare meals that are usually not super-nutritious, nor do they fulfill the healthy-gut criteria. Do we have the time to plan, shop, and prepare meals while holding down a busy career and juggling family responsibilities? 

We understand the pressures of modern lifestyles, so to make your life easier, we have also developed a powerful prebiotic, Intestinal Fortitude, Prebiotic Gold.

If you’re serious about improving your gut health, as well as your overall health and well-being, don’t hesitate, just click here and order now.

Mother Nature’s Boosters

To further boost your transformation to a super-healthy gut, you can combine certain foods to create a powerful synergistic result, which enhances its effects. Certain combinations of herbs and foods provide a booster effect, making them even more powerful. These “bio-enhancers” fortify the effects. Ginger root is a powerful bio-enhancer that boosts the effect of any beneficial food, herb, or supplement. So, it’s a great idea to include ginger in your recipes. Think Indian, Thai, and Malaysian cuisine, just for starters. Try ginger biscuits and drink ginger tea. Or, take a ginger root supplement.

Natural Anti-Inflammatories

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. That’s why turmeric is referred to as “yellow gold” in India. It has so many excellent health benefits that it’s worth its weight in gold. It has been used for centuries in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine and is highly prized for its curative and beneficial properties. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and boosts your metabolism.

Exercise is Also Good for Your Gut

Recent studies have shown that the lactate released during exercise impacts certain gut microbes. Amazing, isn’t it?

All the things that are good for your overall physical and mental health, are also good for your gut.

By combining ancient knowledge with modern science and keeping abreast of all the latest scientific studies, we get better and better at creating the most effective formulas. Modern delivery methods such as time-delay capsules and the ability to target specific compounds are being perfected every day.

To improve your health, reduce inflammation, enhance your appearance, and boost energy levels, we highly recommend these two products in combination.

Pro B11

22 Billion CFU Of 11 Bacterial Species Proven to be Effective for IBD 

Dairy Free 

Delayed-Release Capsules to Get Past Your Stomach Acid

Prebiotic Gold

New Zealand Gold Kiwifruit Pectin

Effective In Both the Small and Large Intestines

Feed The Good Bacteria WITHOUT Gas and Bloating

So, stop worrying about whether you’re eating ALL the right foods and preparing them properly to make sure they’re effective and bio-available. You can simply order these high-quality supplements and know that your gut is going to be really well taken care of. They will also help to reduce inflammation, increase your energy and enhance your youthful appearance. You have the power to choose health and vitality.

* In partnership with our friends at Intestinal Fortitude LLC* 

Photo courtesy of Intestinal Fortitude LLC
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
* The information available on ewellnessmag.com, including text, graphics, and other materials is for informational purposes only. Reliance on any information in ewellnessmag.com is at the user’s own risk. Sponsored product placement may appear in the article. The visitor of this website acknowledges that the information available on or through ewellnessmag.com is not and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Copyright © 2022 Brawo Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

* In partnership with our friends at Intestinal Fortitude LLC* Photo courtesy of Intestinal Fortitude LLC
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
* The information available on ewellnessmag.com, including text, graphics, and other materials is for informational purposes only. Reliance on any information in ewellnessmag.com is at the user’s own risk. Sponsored product placement may appear in the article. The visitor of this website acknowledges that the information available on or through ewellnessmag.com is not and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Copyright © 2022 Brawo Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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