I found this paleo site that talks about the importance of gut flora in overall health. Many of the denatured foods we consume long ago lost live nutrition, but there is a way to reintroduce gut flora into our bodies. Take a look at this article, and let me know what you think.
8 Reasons your Health Depends on your Gut Flora
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Your gut flora are the friendly bacteria that live in your intestinal tract: the average person has 10 times as many bacteria in their gut as they do cells in their own body, and these little guys are huge for your health.
Most people know that gut flora can affect their digestion – whether it’s constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or some combination of the above. But the effects of the gut microbiome aren’t limited to the gut itself! If you have chronic health problems, chances are there’s something going wrong with your gut flora – and if you want to avoid them, paying attention to those friendly bacteria is a smart move. Here are 8 reasons why paying attention to your gut pays off for your overall health.
1. Gut Flora Affect Insulin Sensitivity
The hormone insulin controls all kinds of processes, from carbohydrate digestion to muscle growth to other important hormones like leptin (which regulates hunger). It’s one of the most important hormones for weight loss and metabolic healing. Insulin sensitivity basically means that your body is producing and using insulin correctly. (You can learn more here, if you’re confused)
The opposite of insulin sensitivity is insulin resistance: when your body isn’t interpreting insulin signals properly. This is a hallmark of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome – and while it has many causes, gut flora dysfunction is certainly among them?
People with Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome have altered patterns of gut flora, and modifying their gut flora improves their insulin signaling: in this study, gut flora transplant from lean, insulin-sensitive donors improved insulin sensitivity in obese, insulin-resistant men. If you want healthy insulin action (and unless diabetes is on your bucket list, you do), then you want healthy gut flora.
2. Gut Health is the Key to Autoimmunity
Autoimmune diseases are very complicated and obviously depend on all kinds of other factors – genetics is one obvious player. But one key factor in developing autoimmune diseases is intestinal permeability, aka “leaky gut” – that’s when things (like undigested proteins) get through the gut lining into your body when they shouldn’t actually be there.
The gut flora strongly affect the permeability of the intestinal lining, which is probably why they’re so important in the development of autoimmune diseases. They’re like the gatekeepers that can either let the offending proteins in or keep them out. Just to take one example, children with Type 1 Diabetes (which is an autoimmune disease) have altered patterns of gut flora, and specifically lower levels of the bacteria needed to maintain intestinal permeability. Some research suggests that this may be a trigger of the disease itself.
Another example is rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease, unlike the more familiar osteoarthritis, which is what most people with “arthritis” have). Rheumatoid arthritis is all about gut flora dysfunction; it can even be a symptom of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Gut flora control that careful balance between attacking outside invaders (immunity) without attacking your own body as well (autoimmunity) – gut health is one of the biggest ways to improve your immune health.
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