Gutsy Moves: Better Gut Health


All Disease Begins in the Gut - Hippocrates

THE MICROBIOME


Have you ever heard your gut is your second brain? The gut contains tiny microorganisms that have a major effect on your overall health, including (but not limited to) gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even asthma.





We all have billions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that collectively create our microbiome. Humans have approximately 35,000 strains of bacteria that are housed from the large intestine, to the stomach, to the small intestine, and up into the esophagus.


Food is digested and metabolized in the gut where nutrients are delivered to the cells to provide the body with energy. The process of food breaking down food and disposing waste creates bioactive compounds that will either support health or lead to inflammation or increase the risk for disease.


ALL WORK NO PLAY

The reason why the gut is thought to act as a second brain is because it has implications beyond digestion; it also regulates our mood (through serotonin