How Healthy Is Your Gut?

I’ve been hearing the word microbiome lately and had no idea what it referred to.  Microbiome is the ecosystem of bacteria living in and on our bodies.  Our gut is home to over 100 trillion bacteria that line your intestinal tract.  This complex living system aggressively protects your body from outside toxins.  Recently studies have shown that foods which are high in probiotic help to keep your gut and its bacteria healthy.   Foods which are fermented like kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are recommended to add into your daily diet.  Your gut is a direct link to your health and it is important to understand why a healthy gut is important.

When your gut is healthy your digestion is improved.  When you boost the numbers of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract it can help with issues such as; gas, constipation, bloating and diarrhea.  Our guts and our brains are connected and studies show when your gut is healthy it can enhance your mood by producing brain chemicals like serotonin, lower stress related hormones and have antidepressant effects in the body.  Having a healthy gut can also help to improve your immune system.  Some probiotics can specifically nourish bacteria and helps to seal barrier gaps so harmful toxins can’t get into the body. 

If you have questions regarding probiotic foods or gut health I would recommend talking to your local dietitian or nutritionist like San Diego Chiropractor Dr. Henry Wong.  He recently started adding nutritional information to his welcome packet to inform his patients of which probiotic foods can help improve gut health.  Many San Diego Chiropractors are also starting to incorporate nutritional aspects to their office so patients can understand that health is a combination of many different things such as; diet, exercise, spinal health and nutrition.  Remember before starting a new diet make sure you have done your research and find what works best for your body.  You can also have blood work and testing done to find out more information about the health of your gut especially if you have digestions issues.