What many may be unaware of is just how large a role your gut health affects the rest of your body. Focusing solely on digestive issues may be only a small part of the bigger picture.
What Affects Good & Bad Gut Health?
The gut, which is also known as the microbiome, consists of viruses, fungi, and of course, bacteria. They help to regulate everything in the body as well as control the immune system and digest the fibers all while controlling your brain health.
Bacteria are often thought of as a bad thing. However, bacteria is the leading factor in both the good and bad in regards to your gut health. If your body possesses good gut health, then it has more good bacteria than it does bad. All bacteria play some role in the functionality of your body. Some bacteria are good and can help to fight off inflammation, whereas other bacteria can cause diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Why Is My Gut So Important?
The gut is equipped with its own set of reflexes and senses and functions much like the human brain. The gut has the capability to send signals to different parts of the body that may warn of troubles with inflammation or functionality issues.
Know the Signs
If you are a victim of bad gut health, your body will let you know. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Digestive issues (i.e., bloating, upset stomach)
- Bad breath
- Constant infections or sickness
- Food sensitivity
What Does It Mean To Be In Good Gut Health?
By maintaining a healthy gut, your overall health will improve. Commit to having a healthier lifestyle by eating right and exercising regularly as well as managing stress.
Now that you know more about the importance of having a healthy gut, it’s now time to take action!
Managing your gut health goes far beyond the physical aspect of your health and expands to your mental and emotional health as well. This could be anything from the medications you consume to how you manage your stress levels and how much you exercise. The most significant factor affecting your mental and emotional health as well as your brain functionality is what you choose to fuel your body with.
Incorporating fermented foods into your diets, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, and kefir, is essential. Or, you can try adding more collagen-boosting foods such as bone broth. Making even the smallest changes can improve how your gut functions.
Making changes can be difficult. However, the results and outcome of a healthy gut are worth it. Make a plan, set goals, and take charge of your gut health.
Our Atlanta chiropractors know just how important it is for our patients to have a healthy lifestyle and, even more so, a healthy gut as that plays such a massive role in the functionality of the body. Contact our doctors today to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals of a healthy gut, by dialing (404) 855-2141.