Signs of poor gut health

By Dr. Laura Hill Your body is home to trillions of bacteria, many of which are found in your gut (also called your digestive tract or gastrointestinal tract). Your gut plays many roles in your overall health: It breaks down the food you eat so nutrients can enter your bloodstream […]

By Dr. Laura Hill

Your body is home to trillions of bacteria, many of which are found in your gut (also called your digestive tract or gastrointestinal tract). Your gut plays many roles in your overall health: It breaks down the food you eat so nutrients can enter your bloodstream and be delivered throughout your body. The gut contains “good” or healthy bacteria and immune cells that fight illness-causing viruses, fungi and “bad” bacteria. It also communicates with your brain through hormones and nerves, which is why it’s often referred to as the “second brain.”  

When your gut has a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria, it’s called equilibrium.  

The importance of gut health 

Researchers have found a connection between too much of a certain bad gut bacteria and conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Scientists are also studying the possible connections between gut bacteria and cholesterol, heart disease and kidney disease.  

https://www.blueridgenow.com/story/news/2022/03/26/pardee-health-signs-poor-gut-health-ibs-crohns-probiotics/9453928002/

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