Decoding Gut Health: Is It Just A Trend?
Whether you’ve read about it online or in conversation with others, gut health has become a trending topic of conversation and is a prevalent concern in today’s society. But what exactly is gut health and what does mean for you? Like many health trends, there is no surprise that many are sceptical about its importance and how to improve and maintain your gut health. Below, we breakdown the issue and its impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
What is Gut Health?
As food takes its journey through the gastrointestinal tract (taking it from the mouth to the stomach) it comes into contact with trillions of microorganisms and bacteria’s, known as microbiome. When most people hear the term bacteria, they assume it’s negative and therefore often do their best to rid their body of it. However, microbiome are necessary for your body functions, in fact having a wide variety of these ‘good bacteria’ can encourage optimal body functioning in related areas including improving your immune system, mood, central nervous system and other bodily processes. Poor gut health is often linked to serious cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, cramps, excessive gas and digestive issues.
Health Benefits Of Good Gut Health
Good gut health is essential to your overall wholistic health. With the initial improvement of bowel movements, minimised bloating, cramps and general discomfort as the first level of benefits, an individual’s quality of life is heightened on a day-to-day basis. The mental state is also often a positive result of good gut health, with public anxiety and general discomfort of poor bowel movements and gas minimised. Furthermore, good gut health can improve the efficiency of the body’s immune system, lowering risk of common colds and more serious diseases. This continues to have a ripple effect on other systems and organisms in the body, including the central nervous system (which is clear to fire on all cylinders) and skin health which often improves alongside the immune system.
Myths About Gut Health
There is a vey fine line between truth and fiction when it comes to talking about remedies and cures, especially considering there is still a lot to be explored when it comes to gut health. Often times trends start with an individual finding a remedy that has worked for them and spreading their results wide and far. This doesn’t make it a cure and these implications should be treated as such. One of the most common remedies to improve Gut Health is the idea of detox/cleansing the toxins out of the digestive tract and/or stomach. However, the gut isn’t ‘dirty’ and flushing apple cider vinegar, or the alkalotic water of a colonic through the digestive system isn’t going to provide anything more than temporary relief to what could be a serious issue. Intermittent fasting has received a lot of attention in terms of benefitting gut health; however, many believe eating regularly is more important to the general maintenance of digestion. Eating at least three meals a day ensures food doesn’t sit in the gut but instead is moved through and adequately processed. Furthermore, lessening the amount of food and time to eat makes consuming all essentials minerals and vitamins much harder.
It’s important to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to curing ailments of the human body, most trend focused cures are harmless, however the human body is complex, and any disruption could have negative ramifications. Bod Lifestyle have developed a supplement derived from nature’s wonder anti-inflammatory, Turmeric and known calmative fennel oil that may help to reduce the discomforts associated with poor gut health. Incorporate Enterofytol Gut Health into your routine to support a healthy digestive system.
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