As overall wellness becomes more and more popular there has been more attention brought to the important role our gut biome plays in our daily lives. Reason being, there is an entire ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa living with you both inside and out! For some this a wild concept to wrap their minds around but it’s a vital piece of info when working towards your internal and overall wellness. The good news is that the mass majority of this ecosystem is either neutral or beneficial, helping fight off the bad stuff!
Most of your microbes live in your large intestine(colon). This community of microbes is known as your “gut microbiota” or “gut flora”. Luckily for all of us, there has been significantly more research in recent years on the relationship between your gut flora and overall health/wellness. Let’s take a look at just some of the things that your gut flora may impact..
- Overweight and Obesity
- Immune System Conditions (celiac, food allergies, asthma, eczema, etc)
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Mental Health and Neurological Symptoms (Did you know that 95% of your serotonin is made by the gut?!)
- Central Nervous System
- Stress Response
And more! The list could go on and on, the research on the gut microbiota is still somewhat fresh and there is so much more to learn. One thing we do know is that the more that is researched and revealed the more obvious it is that our gut flora’s optimal condition is vital to an optimal life. Check out our self care tips below for keeping your gut happy and healthy!
- Eat and drink fermented foods. Foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, yogurt and kefir contain beneficial live bacteria that help support a healthy gut. Some fermented foods such as yogurts and kombucha may be high in sugar while miso, kimchi, etc may be high in sodium to be sure to check the label and aim for low sodium and low sugar options.
- Exercise. The age old fix, stay active. Staying active benefits every aspect of our lives but it also may improve the diversity of your gut microbiota.
- Manage daily stress. Not only does stress cause early signs of aging, mental distress, and more but it hugely affects your gut microbiota. Find a routine that helps you distress each day and take a little time for self care.
- Probiotics! There is clinical evidence that probiotics may drastically support a healthy gut. When searching for a probiotic keep an eye out for either a time release or “enteric” coated capsule. This simply means the probiotics are protected by a capsule that will help them reach your intestines before breaking down. We have incredibly strong stomach acid meant to break down foods as a vital part of digestion but when the probiotics are broken down in the stomach they don’t get the opportunity to reach their most valuable destination where the majority of your microbes live, the intestines. Check out Brio’s GUT Caps for an enteric coated probiotic capsule that utilizes other beneficial ingredients paired with pre and probiotics to support a happy healthy gut!
The takeaway here is that our gut is so much more important than many of us realized, it’s a delicate ecosystem of important organisms that can affect our overall health in a major way. It may come as no surprise that typically healthy lifestyles result in a healthier gut biome, and what’s good for your gut is in turn good for your life!