The digestive system is like a river that runs through us. Each day we put pounds of foreign substances (food, drinks, medications, and supplements) into our mouths hoping that our bodies will be able to sort out the good from the bad. Generally our bodies do a great job at this difficult task. The digestive system is basically the center of our immune system. It runs our metabolism, makes vitamins, and communicates with every other cell in the body. The purpose of the digestive system is to bring nutrients to each cell of your body. When this is compromised, your body can feel tired and sluggish and may begin to develop symptoms of illness. When ignored, these symptoms can develop into full-blown health problems.
Here are some surprising facts you may not know about your “gut health”.
- Roughly 70 percent of your immune system is located in the digestive system.
- There are 10 times as many microbes as cells in your body that live in communities that determine your overall health. Collectively, these communities are called the microbiome.
- You have 100 times more DNA in your microbiome than in the cells of your body. The DNA in your cells and in your microbiome communicate with each other.
- Your microbiome is made up of 3 to 4 pounds of bacteria that help to make vitamins, protect you against infection, and run your metabolism.
- Digestive issues contribute to a wide range of health issues, including migraines, depression, arthritis, foggy thinking, autoimmune illness, inflammation, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and more.
Adding more “gut friendly” foods to your diet can not only make you look and feel better, it can dramatically improve your overall health. Some of our favorites: Kefir, Green Juice or Beet Juice, Fresh Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Organic Miso Soup and even Organic Dark Chocolate to name a few. Show your tummy more nutritional support and you will be astonished by the results!