The Importance of Gut Health
“All disease begins in the gut.” - Hippocrates
The human gut plays host to about 1000 species of bacteria. To put this into perspective, gut bacteria outnumber total human cells by 10 to 1, and bacterial DNA outnumber human DNA 100 to 1!
This community of bacteria is extremely important to our well being. Studies are now showing how gut bacteria regulates our immune system and benefits us in areas such as digestion, vitamin production, mineral absorption and toxin/pathogen extermination. More recent studies even point towards their ability to act on the brain, either by way of producing neurotransmitters or by exerting its effect on our stress response systems.
Gut dysbiosis (imbalance) is thus implicated in a wide variety of diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases, immunological diseases and allergies, obesity, diabetes, liver diseases, heart diseases, cancers and psychological disorders.
We are just scratching the surface on our understanding of bacteria vs human host interactions. But the significance and extensiveness of its impact is clear. The right probiotic supplement and adding fermented food such as (kimchi, miso and kefir) in our diet will go a long way towards achieving a well balanced gut bacteria and to a better health!