Why you need a healthy gut
The gut, also referred to as the GI tract
Called the gastrointestinal system, digestive system, or digestive tract, processes everything we put into our bodies. It’s a pretty big system with many organs, and it’s correct to assume that it’s important to keep it healthy.
Our guts play a vital role in sustaining the overall health of our bodies. This process starts with the absorption of nutrients and water, and the removal after it passes through your stomach. Because our GI tract includes many organs like the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum, it’s important to know how to either attain or maintain a healthy gut for our overall health.
Dr. Ganjhu explains that our guts are in direct communication with the brain. Not only does the gut control our digestion process, but our mood, stress levels, and state of mind, mainly due to the fact that 90% of our serotonin (a hormone that regulates our mood) is produced in our gut. Basically, what we eat affects both our physical and mental health.
So if our gut is so important, how do we keep it healthy?
Maintaining a healthy diet is key. Especially try to eat foods that are high in fiber, have a good amount of protein, and have little fat. When our tract is thrown off, our gut’s bacteria can cause bloating, gas, diarrhea, stomach pain, and even nausea. To avoid this imbalance, stay away from processed foods, and food with high amounts of sugar. Another thing you can do for a healthier gut is eating fermented foods that contain probiotics such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and yogurt.
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