" All disease begins in the Gut"
Our gut, or digestive system, is fundamental to all aspects of our health.
It’s not only what we eat, but how we break down that food and absorb nutrients that determines the state of health we have.
In recent years, scientists have discovered the digestive system has an even bigger, more complex job than previously appreciated. It’s been linked to numerous aspects of health that have seemingly nothing to do with digestion, from immunity, emotional stress, and chronic illnesses, including cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
The Gut Brain Connection
Also know as the Gut Brain axis - this is a bio-directional pathway between the central nervous system (brain) and the enteric nervous system (the guts nervous system, also know as the second brain, regulates digestion), and connects cognitive and digestive behavior.
The Gut Microbiome
We now know that the GI tract is full of trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms, known as the Gut microbiome, that not only help us process food but that also help our bodies maintain homeostasis and overall well-being.
Everyone’s microbiome is unique, but there are a few generalities about what’s healthy and what’s not. In healthy people, there is a diverse array of organisms. In an unhealthy individual, there’s much less diversity, and there seems to be an increase of bacteria we associate with disease.
Some bacteria fight inflammation, while others promote it. When the gut works as it should, these two types keep each other in check. But when that delicate balance gets skewed, inflammatory bacteria can take over—and they can produce metabolites that pass through the lining of the gut and into the bloodstream, spreading the inflammation to other parts of the body.
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