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Gut Health: The Basics

Gut Health: The Basics

Gut health is essential for overall wellness. And if you've been noticing the bigger conversations as of late, you're seeing more and more studies showing how connected the gut is to everything from digestion to mental health.

A healthy gut contains a diverse and balanced community of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa, known as the microbiome.

The microbiome is complex system that's still being discovered by the mainstream. But what we know so far is cause for a deeper look into how gut health impacts our daily life.

Here are just a few ways it impacts your health:

  1. Digestion: The gut microbiome plays a key role in digestion, breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. A healthy gut can help with regular bowel movements and prevent digestive issues like constipation and diarrhea.

  2. Immune system: The gut is home to 70% of the body's immune system, and the microbiome helps to protect against harmful bacteria and infections. A healthy gut can also reduce the risk of developing autoimmune disorders as inflammation in the gut can often be linked to the start of these issues.

  3. Mental health: The gut and brain are connected through the gut-brain axis, which means that the state of the gut can affect the brain and vice versa. Research has shown that a healthy gut microbiome can improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression, and even improve sleep.

  4. Skin health: The gut microbiome can also impact skin health, with a healthy gut potentially leading to clearer, healthier skin. Face Mapping can help determine which part of the body is needing attention.

So, how can we maintain a healthy gut? Here are a few tips:

    • Eat a varied and balanced diet: This includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi, which are rich in probiotics.

    • Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is important for digestion and overall health.

    • Exercise regularly: Physical activity can help to improve gut health by promoting regular bowel movements and reducing stress. Recent science is also showing that the diversity of specific gut bacteria varies between those who are physically active and those who live a sedentary life. 

    • Manage stress: Chronic stress can disrupt the balance of the microbiome, so it's important to find ways to manage stress, such as through exercise, meditation, or therapy. 

    • Supplement your gut with pre and probiotics: Prebiotics feed the gut bacteria while probiotics help to recolonize it. Our Gut Microbiome formula is a great source of both!

If you're looking for more information on gut health, we recommend reviewing these articles:

Nutrition: Knowledge Base

6 Key Tools to Improve Your Gut Microbiome Health

In the end, we always return to the basics for optimal health: diet, exercise, mindfulness. 

*This article is offered as information only and does not intend to diagnose or treat a medical condition. Please communicate with your healthcare provider before beginning a new supplement regimen.