You have probably heard a lot about the gut, the microbiome, and probiotics in the news over the past few years. What do all of these things mean to a person living with chronic disease trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle? It means quite a bit actually. Below you will find 5 interesting and important facts related to the gut.
Gut and Stress: Did you know our gut responds to physical, psychological and emotional stress? Stress can increase fluids in our gut, leading to diarrhea and depletion of nutrients.
The Gut is Huge: If the human intestines were stretched out they would be 25 feet long! Considering the average American is less than 6 feet in height, 25 feet worth of guts is quite astonishing!
Lots of Bacteria: Not only is there 25 feet worth of guts inside, there are nearly 40 trillion bacterial cells in our body too.
Exercise and Your Gut: Caring for our gut is interwoven with the medications we take, the diet we consume, our environment, and many other factors including exercise. That is right, exercise can boost our gut’s health by diversifying the bacteria.
Gut Diversity: Having diversity in our gut, can help fight infections, disease prevention, and boost our immune system. Knowing that a diverse gut is helpful to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the goal is to keep a diverse amount of bacteria in our gut. Reduction of the gut bacteria can happen easily in a Western diet which is low in fiber and high in sugars and fats.
A healthy gut is important. What you have learned above can help you take action in order to care for yourself. Not only is it important to look at what we put in our bodies, but we need to look at how we take care of our body. If we needed another reason to exercise, diversifying our gut could be added to the list.