The importance of a balanced gut: Why it is crucial for holistic health. - Adday

Why a balanced gut is a super power.

The gut microbiome is the foundation of one’s health. When it is out of balance, you are out of balance. This isn’t a particularly sexy topic, but essentially the human gut is part of the gastrointestinal tract and is represented by a long digestive tube that connects the mouth with the, shall we say, ‘back passage’. It is home to trillions of microorganisms that are known as the “microbiome” and has a critical role in digestion, absorption, and of course, excretion of food [1]. However, it has other important functions such as hormonal regulation, maintaining equilibrium of the immune system, and protecting against pathogens [1].

However, when your gut microbiome is unbalanced, a phenomenon called dysbiosis occurs. This has terrible repercussions on your gut. Anything from irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (like Crohn’s disease), allergic reactions such as Lactose Intolerance and even brain disorders.

Dysbiosis can lead to a weakened immune system [1]. When your healthy bacteria count is low, and there is a decrease in bacterial variety, pathogens wreak havoc on the gut, and this is what leads to disease [2]. Dysbiosis can be caused by a number of hereditary and environmental factors including diet, antibiotic use, stress, lifestyle, and disease.

So what can you do to prevent dysbiosis? What can you do to heal it? Adday’s philosophy is to control what you can, let go of what you can’t. You can’t control your genetic make-up, but you can control what you put into your system.

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1.Jandhyala, S.M., et al., Role of the normal gut microbiota. World journal of gastroenterology: WJG, 2015. 21(29): p. 8787.

2.Walker, W., Dysbiosis, in The microbiota in gastrointestinal pathophysiology. 2017, Elsevier. p. 227-232.

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