When considering health, it's common to overlook the role of our gastrointestinal system, but you shouldn’t!
The gut contains 10 times more health-determining bacteria than the rest of the body which means it works very hard to protect us from infection, support our metabolism, and promote healthy digestion and elimination.
Three-quarters of our immune system comes from over 100 trillion organisms in the gut, which is why many health professionals are finally turning their attention to the gut when it comes to diagnosing illnesses.
The gut contains both beneficial and harmful bacteria, which makes up the gut flora. An unbalanced gut flora, called dysbiosis, leads to an increased susceptibility to intestinal permeability, which determines our overall state of health. Permeability refers to a process where molecules can pass through to enter the bloodstream. This process is essential for nutrient exchange.
The majority of the population has unbalanced gut flora, which is primarily attributed to poor diet. If you experience symptoms regularly, you can work with a health professional to determine the cause of your condition and prevent further illness.
“The road to health is paved with good intestines!” -Sherry A. Rogers