What’s Your Gut Telling You?

Gut health is a hot topic in the wellness and optimization world and is the cornerstone of your health and immune system. Your gut is commonly referred to as your ‘second brain’, with over 95% of serotonin receptors located here. There is approximately 3kg of bacteria in the gut – that’s more bacterial cells than human cells! Did you know that we are actually 90% bacteria? Mind blowing! What you eat really counts.

Why is gut health so important?

Gut bacteria assist in food breakdown, help produce essential nutrients and allow for greater nutrient bioavailability (via pre-digestion). We now know how many hormones and system regulations are made in the gut. So when you eat processed, sugary foods, you can develop microbial dysbiosis. This is an imbalance in the good to bad bacterial ratio. Without the right balance, nutrient production, absorption, digestion and assimilation is sub-optimal. This has powerful implications for health and vitality; immunity and protection from food allergies and intolerances; cognition, memory and overall brain health; natural detoxification pathways; growth in children and adolescents; exercise performance and recovery; and weight loss ability; just to name a few.

How do I know if my gut health is sub-optimal?

Hippocrates said “all disease starts in the gut”, so to does all health. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or unusual cravings, poor bowel movements, or unexplained headaches, talk to your Ways2Well clinician about the best course of action based on your comprehensive blood lab results.  One of the ways we treat gut health at Ways2Well is through Metformin, as it is known to help regulate gut health and balance the gut microbiota.  In addition to any gut health wellness plan, Ways2Well offers nutritional services to help with dietary management and support in making the correct food choices to keep your ‘second brain’ in good health.