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The Importance of a Healthy Gut


Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates stated that all disease begins in the gut. More than two decades ago, research revealed that gut health is crucial to overall well-being, and that having an unhealthy gut gives rise to various diseases including obesity, autism spectrum disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression. Two closely linked variables determine gut health - the gut barrier and the intestinal microbiota or the gut flora.


The Gut Barrier

The gut barrier functions as the gatekeeper that determines what goes in and what remains outside. The gut refers to a hollow tube that passes from the mouth down to the anus. Anything you put in your mouth that is not entirely digested will move at the other end. This is one of the most significant functions of the gut - to stop foreign substances from going inside the body.

When the intestinal barrier turns permeable, protein molecules escape going into the bloodstream. Because these proteins do not belong to the external aspect of the gut, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. Studies reveal that these attacks perform a critical role in the emergence of autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes and Hashimoto's.

Mucosal cell biology experts believe that leaky gut is a precondition to increasing autoimmunity. The term leaky gut used to refer to the outer fringes of medicine used by alternative practitioners. Conventional doctors and researchers initially scoffed at the idea that a leaky gut has a contribution to autoimmune diseases, but now it has been shown in some well-designed studies that the integrity of intestinal barrier is a leading factor in an autoimmune disorder.

This new concept holds that the intestinal barrier determines whether we react or tolerate toxic substances that we ingest from the environment. This is a critical point to understand. You do not have to have gut symptoms to have a leaky gut because leaky gut may show up as skin problems such as psoriasis , eczema, heart failure, or autoimmune conditions that affect the thyroid, autism spectrum disorder, mental illness, and depression.

Researchers identified a protein known as zonulin that stimulates intestinal permeability in animals and humans. This led to a search of the pathological report for diseases characterized by increased intestinal permeability or leaky gut. Researchers discovered that many autoimmune disorders are characterized by high levels of zonulin and a leaky gut. Researchers also found that Type 1 diabetes can be induced by zonulin exposure.

One of the primary reasons we need to avoid eating wheat as well as other gluten-containing grains is that they contain gliadin, a protein that has been shown to increase the production of zonulin, and directly contributes to leaky gut.


The Gut Flora

The gut is home to roughly 100 trillion microorganisms. It contains ten times more bacteria than human cells in the body. With more than 400 known diverse bacterial species the gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, offers protection against infection, regulates metabolism, as well as consists of more than 75% of the immune system. When the gut flora is dysregulated, it can give rise to various diseases, from depression and autism to autoimmune conditions such as diabetes.
Several features of the modern lifestyle contribute to an unhealthy gut.

  • Diets high in refined sugar, carbohydrates, and processed foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic infections
  • Antibiotics and medications such as NSAIDs and birth control diets
  • Low in fermentable fibers

Antibiotics are harmful to the gut. A recent study suggests that the use of antibiotics could cause a rapid and profound loss of diversity as well as a shift in the composition of the gut. This change is not reversed following antibiotic use without intervention.

Infants that are not breastfed and are conceived by mothers with unhealthy gut are at risk of developing harmful gut bacteria, which may lead to diabetes, overweight, depression, psoriasis, and other health issues.


Maintaining and Restoring a Healthy Gut

An unhealthy gut is common because of the modern lifestyle. When there is impairment of the gut flora and the gut barrier, you will likely experience inflammation. This systemic inflammatory response then results in the development of autoimmunity. While unhealthy gut and leaky gut may manifest as the digestive problem in a lot of people, it does not. Instead, it manifests as problems as diverse as depression, heart failure, psoriasis, brain fog, and other skin conditions, metabolic problems such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, allergies, and other autoimmune diseases. To address these issues, it is imperative to rebuild a healthy gut and restore the integrity of the intestinal barrier.
The first step to a healthy gut is to avoid things that destroy the intestinal barrier and damage the gut flora. Although these may seem impossible at times, particularly in the case of infections and chronic stress, there are still measures you may take to restore your healthy gut.

  • Eliminate all toxic foods from your diet.
  • Use supplemental acid as well as enzymes to maximize your digestive capacity.
  • Eat fermentable fibers, such as yam and sweet potato and fermented foods, such as yogurt, and kimchi.
  • Manage any intestinal pathogens that may be present.
  • Manage your stress levels.

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics also are known as beneficial gut microbes play an essential part in the body other than the immune health researchers discovered that probiotics affect the body weight nutrition and energy and the brain both neurologically and psychologically the microflora influences the gene expression as well, which may have a powerful impact on the person's health. Some of the most critical advantages of probiotics include:

  • Healthy functioning of the immune system
  • Weight management
  • Absorption and digestion of carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins
  • Waste removal
  • Skin health support
  • Emotional and psychological health support

What is your conclusion?


References

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14510/10-signs-you-have-an-unhealthy-gut-how-to-heal-it.html
  2. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20918991,00.html
  3. https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/gut-health/
   
 
 
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