If you feel like you’ve seen the words “gut health” and “microbiome” a lot more lately, you’re not alone. In times gone by, when the “gut” was referred to it was typically referencing the dreaded middle-aged man belly, stereotypically brought on by bad food and too many beers over the years.

But the focus on guts these days is less about beer bellies and their role in obscuring a six-pack, and more about the internal health of your digestive system.

So why all the sudden fuss?

 

You Are What You Eat… Sort Of

Fitness GuideAs kids we are taught “you are what you eat”. But that phrase is only half true. A more correct saying would be “you are what you eat and absorb.” For decades, science has taken the “absorb” part for granted. But it turns out that’s not the case. And if the absorption of the nutrients in food done by the body is faulty, that means that the good parts of food pass straight through your system without giving you any benefits. That’s a little like filling the petrol tank of a car but having a few leaks in it – it doesn’t matter if the fuel is premium or low-grade, most of it isn’t being used beneficially.

It turns out that most of the healthy bacteria in your body are in your gut. And these healthy bacteria are the living organisms that help bodies absorb nutrients. But because they are living, they can also die.

What causes healthy bacteria to die is common sense: too much alcohol, too much low nutrient fast food, a lack of exercise, poor sleep and stress have all been studied for their negative effects on the gut and its resident good bacteria.

Why Does it Matter

It turns out that a healthy gut is an amazing thing. Your gut has as many “feel good” hormone creation centres as your brain. So a cranky gut equals a cranky human to go with it. In addition, modern diseases that are based on inflammation like irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, and bowel cancer have all been linked to poor gut health.

So how can you take better care of your gut?

Ways to Care For Your Gut

There is no need to go on a juice cleanse, liquid diet, or any other extreme measures to get your gut working well. But making a clear plan to follow for two to four weeks will kick-start your gut healing and get you the most benefits in the shortest amount of time. Here are some practical strategies to try:

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Sources

https://www.womenshealth.com.au/how-to-improve-your-gut-health

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/is-gut-health-important-a-review_us_58f57566e4b048372700db07

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/science-says-you-can-transform-your-gut-health-in-3-days-heres-how-to-do-it