Your gut health plays a huge role in the health and weight departments of your entire body and it’s important to know the direct roles your microbiome ( trillions of bacteria living in your guy) plays. Below are 4 facts about your microbiome that you should be aware of for a healthy lifestyle:
It’s the majority of your immune system.
If you find yourself feeling chronically sick and run down, be sure to check your microbiome health. A staggering 75 to 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut! It’s no wonder that many autoimmune diseases may be linked to hidden gastrointestinal problems.
It can influence other health problems.
You may now be thinking, “I don’t have bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or IBS, so this doesn’t apply to me.” But you don’t have to have gut symptoms to have gut problems. The majority of underlying gut problems come with little to no gut symptoms but only the systemic effects of it somewhere else in the body.
Three gut problems that can be asymptomatic in the gut but affect your health elsewhere are:
- Leaky gut syndrome
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- Candida overgrowth
In short, if you have a health problem, an underlying microbiome dysfunction should be ruled out.
It’s considered your second brain.
An amazing 95 percent of your happy neurotransmitter serotonin is made and stored in your gut! The medical literature actually refers to the gut as the “second brain.”
The gut-brain axis or connection is something we look at very closely infunctional medicine. For example, anxiety and depression have been linked to lower levels of Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum bacterial strains. And it still amazes me what bacterial and yeast problems I find in the lab results of patients not coming in for gut problems but for brain problems like anxiety, depression, and brain fog.
To have a healthy brain, you need a healthy gut.
The foods you eat influence your microbiome.
A recent study found that polyphenols from foods such as blueberries, coffee, and extra-virgin olive oil play a significant role in the prevention of degenerative diseases by improving your microbiome environment. This is the power you wield with your fork!