“Gut instinct” “It takes guts”
We often talk about our gut, but what is gut health?
When referring to our gut health, the gut is defined as both our stomach and our intestines.
It’s where we house trillions of invisible organisms. (I don’t recall my biology teacher explaining they lived in my gut.)
Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and others.
Together they are referred to as the microbiota.
The science is coming fast. Much of it was discovered in the last 15 years.
Why is it important?
Every single bite of food we eat, travels down and meets up with our gut microbes.
It’s an expansive community of microorganisms that are not passive observers and play important roles in our body.
They need energy. Our food becomes their food.
And our food choices determine whether we have balance and harmony.
Eating a variety of fiber rich foods feeds a diversity of organisms, which is what’s needed to maintain balance and harmony in the gut microbiome.
70% of the immune system resides in the gut. Being out of balance here makes it hard for our immune system to do its work.
Scientists also estimate 90% of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in the gut.
Good to know: The food we eat and the resulting gut health impacts our physical and mental health.