Written By Paisley Hansen / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Many physicians will tell you that you can only be as healthy as your gut. Your digestive system is responsible for processing all the nutrition that you consume, eliminating the bad stuff, and regulating the activity in your body’s vital systems. Maintaining good gut health is integral to your overall well-being.
In addition to supporting your body’s most essential functions, your gut also has a strong effect on your mental wellness. People are often surprised to learn just how important their digestive function is to their neurological activity and brain chemistry. Understanding gut health a little better can help you make smart choices that promote your general wellness.
Your Gut Has a Mind of Its Own
Your gut’s nervous system has an extremely complex neural network that sends signals throughout your body and cues various physical and mental processes. The gut’s neural network comprises an enteric nervous system that is distinct from your principal nervous system, but the two send signals to one another.
Because the two systems are closely tethered and in constant communication with one another, problems with one can mean problems in the other. If you’ve ever had a moment of panic and felt your stomach roll over, it was because your brain’s nervous system and your gut are so closely bonded.
Likewise, ingesting a food that causes you immediate abdominal discomfort could impact your sensory perception, make you a little unsteady on your feet, or even negatively affect your mood. Supporting a healthy gut optimizes activity in the enteric nervous system which in turn supports your primary nervous system.
You Need to Be Attentive to Your Gut's Microbiome
Your gut is a world unto itself with billions of organisms populating it. They are not your own cells but independent flora which play a key role in digestive function. These inhabitants are germs, but a lot of the germs in your gut supports digestion. They eliminate materials which could line your digestive tract and make it difficult to process food.
The human digestive system is a delicate balance of germs and you should be aware of how to take care of it properly. You want to make sure you’re only ingesting things that help support your systems. There are things you can do now to support your healthy gut microbiome.
Probiotic supplements are a great way to maintain your health and support your gut’s natural functions. Biodiversity and balance in your microbiome is a critical element of caring for your gut health.
Digestive Function Supports Immune Function
A strong immune system depends on your digestive health. Your gut regulates the majority of your immune system’s function. In fact, most of your immune cells are produced in the gut or by endocrinological elements that your gut has some responsibility for controlling.
If you want to support an already healthy immune system, optimizing digestive activity is one of the best ways to do it. It is common to struggle more with digestive regularity as you get older. Your body does not produce the same quantity of enzymes that it once did, and it may not absorb as much of nutritious content in food that it previously had.
Luckily, there are several things that you can do to improve digestion. Ask your doctor about how to improve your healthy gut functions.
When you take some time to reflect on the importance of your gut health on how you feel, it will certainly inspire you to make healthy choices that promote good digestive activity.
The efforts that you make to fortify your digestive system can have profound benefits for your health.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.