Gut health seems to be a bit of a buzzword these days, but Naturopaths have known for a long time that your state of your gut can be either the cause or the treatment for many diseases and symptoms.
We've summarised the top 5 reasons you should take your gut health seriously.
1. Your gut is your first line of defence.
Did you know approx. 70% of your immune system is located in your gut?
A healthy gut environment allows the immune bugs to flourish, which will equate to a stronger and more balanced immune system.
2. Your gut makes you happy.
Serotonin is the hormone neurotransmitter responsible for creating happy moods, better mental health, and better quality sleep and 95% of it is produced in the gut.
3. Your gut is your nutrient dispenser.
Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down your food into nutrients and feeding every cell in your body. If we are feeding ourselves with healthy, whole foods, we want to make sure our gut is fully capable of delivering the wonderful nutrients as we are intending.
4. Your gut is your waste management system.
Your digestive tract is your bodies main waste elimination system. If we are aiming to cleanse toxins from your liver and cells, we need a healthy functioning system to effectively support the process.
5. Your gut helps balance your hormones.
Just as our gut can get rid of excess toxins, it can also clear excess hormones helping us to restore hormonal balance.
As you can see, maintaining a healthy gut balance is crucial to your overall wellbeing and the prevention of ill health.
If you are dealing with any issues related to the above, such as hormone imbalance, mood or sleep issues, it might be worth looking into whether your gut health is a contributing issue. And remember...
Love your gut and it will love you back!