The digestive system plays a large role in determining your body’s overall health.
For that reason, I thought it would be helpful to compile some of the most important information I have on digestive health into an ultimate guide that you can use.
It is my hope that this information will give you the information you need to take control of your gut health and heal your body from the inside out.
Check it out now…
The Digestive System: Your Body’s Second Brain
What organ in your body controls emotions and stress levels, determines your need to consume food for energy, acts as a highway for hormones and other bodily chemicals, and alerts the body when you are ill?
The correct answer is your digestive system.
That’s right. Believe it or not, your body’s digestive system consists of sheaths of millions of neurons that are embedded in the walls of the gut, which allows it to function and work like the body’s second brain.
The even crazier thing…the gut system is so complex that it can actually perform its many jobs without any communication from the brain.
Why is this so important to know? Easy.
It all comes down to understanding your gut health.
Digestive System Mechanics: Why Your Health Is Dependent on a Healthy Gut
Not long ago, I published a blog that showcased the digestive system as the body’s second brain.
Throughout that post, I shared some of the incredible things our digestive system is capable of doing such as…
- Controlling our emotions (depression/anxiety).
- Protecting us from getting sick (immune health).
- Preventing chronic diseases (diabetes, acid reflux, autoimmune diseases, etc.).
5 Gut-Cleansing Foods to Add to Your Plate
Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine.”
From regulating your hormones to providing a natural source of energy, the food we put in our bodies can create positive changes and reverse or minimize symptoms for a variety of chronic conditions.
Your gut, otherwise known as the gastrointestinal tract, is the key to having a healthy body. When our gut health is out of balance, there’s no doubt that other issues will arise.
Aside from digesting food and excreting waste, the gut plays a big part in warding off illness–about 70% of the cells that make up our immune system are in the wall of our gut.
Unfortunately, many Americans consume a highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet.
These poor dietary choices, along with stress and environmental toxins, have led to significantly altered gut bacteria, leading to poor overall health.
The good news is that there are several foods that possess gut-cleansing powers.
3 Forms of Exercise That Promote Healthy Digestion
Aside from toning muscles and keeping your cardiovascular health in check, exercise can work wonders for a sluggish digestive system.
In fact, inactivity is one of the key risk factors for constipation.
Essentially, exercise causes food to move more quickly through the large intestine and limits the amount of water absorbed from the stool into the body. The more diluted the stool is, the easier it is to pass from the body.
Nowadays, with fitness studios and gyms popping up with a billion exercise options, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose which activity you’re going to spend your time (and potentially money) on.
If you’re one of the 63 million Americans who may not have regular daily bowel movements, you may benefit from incorporating one of the three activities below into your weekly routine.
The Link between Gut Health and Anxiety and Depression Disorders
We’ve all heard the saying, “Go with your gut.” However, many of us have probably never taken the time to really think about the science behind what that means.
For instance, have you ever wondered why you get butterflies before giving a presentation or going on a first date?
Or how about why you get stomach pains when you’re stressed out or feeling bad about something.
The reason you can feel anxiousness, stress, or sadness in your gut is because your brain and gut are so closely linked together. In fact, they are so closely tied because they constantly communicate via neural networks.
To gain a deeper understanding of how the gut can cause anxiety, depression, and other emotional responses, keep reading…
I hope these articles will help you on your journey to improved gut health.
Aside from using the information in these posts, I recommend that you also start with a detox program. To find out why detoxes are important, check out this article here.