Gut health has been making a lot of noise in today’s health community. Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. These bacteria, or yeasts, and viruses — of which there are around 100 trillion — are also referred to as "gut microbiome" or "gut flora." When we hear the word bacteria, we normally think of infections and illnesses. However, not all bacteria is bad. Our bodies are filled with gut microbiome, and these bacteria are the key ingredient to our overall health.
There have been several studies linking gut microbiome (which is 100% effected by what you eat) and several diseases, including obesity, dementia, Parkinson’s, autism, heart disease, diabetes and more. In these studies, rats with no prior gut bacteria, are injected with the gut bacteria of someone who has a certain disease. The rats then develop that same disease! Once the bacteria is removed, or it is replaced with a healthy person’s bacteria, they go back to being healthy.
This “removal” or “replacement” of bad bacteria can be replicated not only in a lab, but also through your diet. For example, people who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have a certain gut microbiome that makes it easier to absorb phytochemicals, which are crucial antioxidants that aid in fighting cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
One might ask, what if I just take a probiotic, doesn’t that do the same thing? Well, there isn’t enough significant evidence to show that taking a daily probiotic is actually effective. Essentially, when you take an over the counter probiotic, your gut gets overloaded with bacteria and flushes out that new bacteria.
The best way to have a healthy and happy gut is to have a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables - and low in bad fats and cholesterol. Our team of trainers and nutritional experts are here to help you navigate the wonderful world of gut health. Schedule a free consultation and let us help you get your healthy balance back on track.