Why Gut Health is so Important

 

Gut Health is the buzz phrase at the moment, yet Hippocrates and the ancient Greeks, realised how important it was nearly 2500 years ago.

Your gut is described as your ‘second brain’. “Gut instinct” can kick in if you are in danger and have little time to think and could be vital for your survival. 

Gut Microbiome is a delicate environment that needs nurturing to keep in balance.  The often constant bombardment of modern-day stresses, bad diet, pollutants, and medication can cause havoc and health issues in the gut with IBS a very painful and constant problem for some. 

The more scientific research that is done, the more the importance of our gut microbiome or ‘flora’ becomes apparent in all sorts of health issues.

Gut/Skin Axis

We have known for a while there is a huge link between skin issues and the gut – known as the skin/gut axis. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ and, if the body is trying to detox, symptoms such as eczema can often appear.

Viruses

There’s a lot of new evidence from Japan that gut health has a very important role when you have viruses such as Covid and can affect the severity of symptoms. Chinese scientists have discovered that even many months later, people with Long Covid may still have traces of the virus in their guts.

It is so important to support your gut when you have a virus, and can help speed up the elimination process and recovery.

Dementia, Parkinsons, Stress and Mental Health

Recent research from China has uncovered that certain probiotics may help those with dementia and Parkinsons’.

Scientists in Ireland have just published results from a  research study that eating a “psychobiotic” diet, (fermented foods) can reduce stress levels and improve mental health. The potential is very, very exciting and could bring relief to many. 

So many chronic problems seem to be linked to your gut so how do you support and rebalance your gut? 

Tips for rebalancing and maintaining healthy gut flora. 
  • Add fermented foods to your diet such as kefir, kimchi and live yogurt.
  • Drink kombucha a fermented drink. 
  • Take a daily prebiotic such as inulin. 
  • Take probiotics if you have recently had antibiotics. 
  • Reducing your ‘toxic load’ by eating organic where possible. 

You may find The Healthy Gut Report available from What Doctors Don’t Tell You answers many of your questions.