There is a wealth of information on line and from various sources. Some claims are pretty optimistic and a lot of it is very exciting. Any scepticism aside there is no doubt in our mind about the inter relation of gut health and general health, well being and even mental health.
As said by Dr Michael Mosly on an SBS documentary recently about how ‘the gut can play an integral role in our overall physical and mental health’, ‘The trillions of bacteria (in our gastro intestinal system) are the stars of our system, they are extraordinary creatures that can convert the remains of the food we eat into things that affect our brain, our mood, our weight and our immune system’.
It is becoming widely known that our digestive system, the immune system and the levels of beneficial microbes in the gastro intestinal system and our micro-biome have a huge influence on our health and well being.
Amongst a host of health benefits which the use of Probiotics impart on us they are known to be helpful in treating conditions like inflammatory bowel conditions IBS, urinary tract infections and for managing and preventing eczema in children.
Additionally Probiotics are great for correcting the balance of gut bacteria which we need for proper digestion. Because of the positive influence on digestion they also promote the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and protein which is important for the way we feel and our general mood.
We also need effective digestion to provide us with the essential fatty acids, B vitamins, and other minerals needed to keep our brain working right for improved focus, concentration and thus also affects our mental health.
Probiotics also assist with processing many toxins that make their way into your digestive tract and help to remove these toxins that have entered or built up in our systems. We expel these toxins in various ways including via the lower digestive tract, the urinary tract, through breath and skin. When we effectively enhance our ability to remove these toxins through your lower Gastro Intestinal tract rather than through the skin or breath we reduce the incidence of conditions such as acne and of course bad breath.
Then again regardless of having any health issues at all, taking steps to improve the trillions of organisms that live in your gut is naturally worthwhile.
In recent times there has been an increase in focus on ‘the immune system’ with the incidence of auto immune disorders seemingly becoming more prominent. When asked most people could not actually describe where your immune system actually resides or if it is actually a specific organ or tissue. Fact is about 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gastro-intestinal tract in the form of a mucosal barrier. The intestinal lining or mucosal barrier is apparently about 300 square meters in size!
Having a normal functioning and healthy intestinal muscosa is absolutely critical for:
- Maintaining Optimal Immune Function
- Normal, Healthy Gut Function
- Proper Digestion & Assimilation of Food & Nutrients
The intestinal mucosa contains several immune antibodies known as immunoglobulins: sIgA, IgA, IgG and IgM, (IgA is the most abundant immunoglobulin in the gut mucosa). It is believed that the use of probiotics has positive effect on the production of the common iGa antibody hence improving your immunity.
As mentioned, there is a lot of information available and thankfully the benefits of products like Kefir and Kombucha are becoming more widely known. The focus on organic foods also plays a big role in providing us with quality nutrition which all works toward a prolonged health and a ‘Happy Belly’ and thus a happy life.
We urge people to read the book advertised on our site : The complete GUT HEALTH cookbook, by Helen Padarin with Pete Evans which not only has an awesome collection of recipes but also some great information about gut health. Keep learning and keep reading.