What is a healthy Gut?
Your gut is not just a vague piece of internal piping somewhere inside us – it is your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine. For it to be a really healthy gut it relies on other organs such as the liver, gall bladder and pancreas to help in the digestive process. Everything we eat ingest goes in and out the same way, that means food, drink, alcohol, drugs legal and illegal, as well as viruses and bacteria.
A healthy gut is essential for health and well-being because the majority of our immune system is in our gut. It is important to keep a healthy balance of stomach acid, a healthy ratio of good bacteria to a limited quantity of bad bacteria and healthy daily elimination of toxic waste. Fast food, prepackaged food, preservatives, additives, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, genetically modified food and microwaves are a major downfall of our health today. We are what we eat. Many diseases can be contributed to improper diet, indigestion and problems with regular elimination which directly affect our organs, energy level and ultimately a quality of life.
What is your Immune System?
Your immune system is your body’s defense against infection and illness. It recognizes the cells that make up your body, and will try to get rid of anything unfamiliar. It destroys germs (bacteria and viruses) and parasites. But this defense system can also cause problems. It will attack donated organs or blood from another person, unless carefully matched. It may overreact to harmless invaders such as pollen grains, causing hayfever. In some cases (autoimmune diseases), the immune system turns against the body’s own cells.
Maintaining a healthy gut
There are lots of ways to purify your body, but none of them are expensive or chemical. Your body can clean itself if it is not constantly overloaded. To detoxify it needs plenty of water and also exercise. Supplement your water with green tea or herbal teas such as ginger or camomile.
Alcohol in large quantities is a no no for several reasons. It contains a by product ethyl alcohol which is toxic to the human system. When we drink the body has to get rid of it before anything else because of it’s toxicity so the liver concentrates on breaking this down. Whilst it is doing this it neglects any other purifying or digestive tasks.
High fiber foods help to keep your stools supple making them easier to easier to eject. Long term constipation is not only uncomfortable but it leads to hemorrhoids which if left untreated have to be treated surgically.
Processed foods have been stripped of their essential nutrients, and as if that was not bad enough these nutrients are often replaced by chemicals and preservatives. Keep to the rules below and you will get a healthier gut.
- Drink plenty of water.
- The body needs exercise to detoxify itself fully, take a ten minute walk a day at least, half an hour is better.
- Avoid excessive intake of alcohol, caffeine, in both tea, coffee and other fizzy drinks.
- Eat loads of high fiber foods such as wholegrain cereals, fruit and vegetables.
- Avoid processed food wherever possible.
- Remember food is better for you than supplements.
Everyone overeats at Christmas or birthdays or celebrations, no problem. Your gut health is determined by the foods that you eat on a daily basis not what you eat on high days and holidays. Your liver and kidney’s only get over whelmed when they have to deal with the wrong foods on a daily basis.