The GI Tract and Your Health
A healthy life starts in the gut, and when your gut is unhappy, you’ll know. When problems occur in the gut, they can manifest anywhere in the body in a wide range of symptoms. Keeping the GI tract healthy can ultimately improve overall health and quality of life.
- Over 70% of your immune system resides in the gut, and the tow have a strong interrelationship.
- The immune system and GI tract work together to protect the body from any incoming harmful microorganisms or toxins, which increase damage and inflammation.
- Your liver is tasked with processing and eliminating harmful substances from the body.
- Along with the GI tract, the liver works as a filter, protecting the body from toxins.
- When the gut barrier is damaged, what was once normal, daily stress becomes an unmanageable burden.
- An imbalance in stress hormones leads to a change in thyroid hormone production, which increases the risk of developing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease or hypothyroidism.
- If you’ve ever felt butterflies in your stomach, you have witnessed the interconnection between the brain and the gut.
- The gut is like a “second brain” in that it plays a profound role in multiple areas, including digestion, mood, stress, and sleep health.
- When there is inflammation and damage in the lining of your GI tract, skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea, may occur.
- These conditions all result from an imbalance in bacteria levels, inflammation, and immune activity.
- The type and quantities of good and bad bacteria have a strong influence on inflammation in the body.
- Inflammation plays a role in several cardiometabolic conditions, including atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and blood sugar regulation.