March 1st, 2018

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by Stewart Dunlop

It may seem difficult to believe, but the human microbiome is an intelligent ecosystem that controls many processes in the body (and not just digestion and weight loss). In our opinion, even specialists think far too little about the gut when they discuss health and wellness.

As a result, the health state of our society as a whole is not as high as it could be. To shine a bit of light on the gut and its importance in our internal system, we decided to highlight the top five illnesses that may be the by-product of poor gut health.

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#1: Weak Immune System

Hippocrates once said “All disease begins in the gut.” As you can see, the connection between gut health and a powerful immune system has been known since ancient times. While you may have got the cold from your coworker, the reason you have a runny nose, sore chest or a cough may lie in your gut.
If you tend to get more infections than usual, or you get colds more often, all these are symptoms of a depressed immune system. But a poor immune system is tightly connected to gut microbiome health, which when low, can signal some of the following:

  • Overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, fungus, or yeast
  • A parasite
  • Poor microbiome health

In conclusion, the solution to better health may not be in medication, but in probiotics, which are responsible for maintaining a healthy gut.

#2: Heart Disease

A recent study discovered that there may be a strong connection between the gut microbiome and the risk of stroke or heart attack. According to the research, some gut bacteria produces higher levels of a compound that enhances clotting.
It is not yet sure which of the microorganisms in our gut is responsible, but the connection is very clear. The medical world has high hopes for the prevention and treatment of heart diseases once the researchers understand this process. However, until then, it’s best to keep a healthy gut!

#3: Obesity and Weight Gain

Obesity was officially recognized as being a disease and the gut has a lot to say on the matter. It was proven that an imbalance in gut bacteria can lead to obesity and weight loss resistance, so if you feel you can’t shed any weight, even though you’ve been trying different methods, the problem may be in the gut.
Ask your doctor for a gut health analysis and look for ways to help your human microbiome regain its healthy state (such as consuming probiotics).

#4: Mental Health Disorders

It may seem like a long way from the brain to the gut, but there is actually a gut-brain axis that connects the two in a direct manner. Even more, modern medicine considers the gut as the “second brain”, so when people tell you “do what your gut is telling you to do” it may not be just a figure of speech.
It looks like there is a strong connection between depression, anxiety and the microbiome.

#5: Skin Problems

The phrase “You are what you eat” may have never been as literal as when you consider the connection between the gut and our skin. The only way to have beautiful, healthy skin is to be healthy on the inside – this of course, goes really deep inside, in your gut.
Studies found a deep connection between the microbiome and the following skin conditions:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema

In many cases, the problem is quite visible because these are conditions that attack parts of the skin which are usually exposed, like the face and hands. So, if you are suffering from chronic acne and nothing seems to work, take a look inside and check your gut health.

In Conclusion
Our body is an incredibly intelligent machine and we’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do. Still, we know for sure that we should listen to our gut, and work on maintaining a healthy microbiome. Let’s not ignore it!

 

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Stewart is the content and marketing manager at TheGoodGut.org - a new project devoted to maintaining gut health. Being a passionate writer, he aims to raise the awareness of the importance of gut health to the overall well-being of any individual.

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