Maintaining gut health is one of the simplest ways we can all improve our overall health and wellbeing
The experts at Regul8 — a three-step digestive tune-up to keep your gut healthy — share some insight into how an unhealthy gut impacts our health and why it is so important that we all take action now...
1. Seventy per cent of our immune system is produced in the gut
The pandemic made us all so much more aware of our day-to-day health and how very precious it is, but most of us don’t know that the gut is where most of our immunity is produced.
By eating a well-balanced diet filled with plenty of vegetables, limiting processed foods and keeping well hydrated we can keep our gut functioning well.
If we add in a really good quality pre- and probiotic, such as Regul8, we can also help to tip the balance towards the beneficial gut bacteria and make sure our immune system is in tip-top condition.
2. Ninety per cent of our serotonin is produced in the gut
Serotonin is our happy hormone and almost entirely created in our gut.
If you want to improve your mood and your overall mental health it is a good idea to consider the health of your gut. Crazy as it seems, if your gut microbiome is unbalanced it can lead to anxiety and depression.
Regul8’s Relax formulation was created to help keep you calm and keep the stress out of your gut, allowing your natural serotonin to do its thing.
3. Four hundred times more melatonin is produced in the gut than in the brain
Melatonin is the sleepy hormone. We all need a good night’s sleep — if your sleep pattern is off, it’s hard to function properly. Plus, you’ll feel more stressed and eat all the wrong foods.
A healthy gut will keep producing the melatonin and will help regulate sleep patterns. Team this with healthy choices, such as regular bed and wake times, and you will start to feel better with more energy.
4. Allergies can be helped with a healthy gut
Did you know that we can minimise the symptoms of an allergic reaction by maintaining a healthy gut? Diversity it the gut microbiome is incredibly important to its overall effectiveness. In short, the more exposure our bodies have to a variety of microorganisms, the lower our risk of developing allergies.
5. An unhealthy gut will lead to unhealthy skin
You can spend as much as you want on expensive creams, but beauty is more than skin deep: if your gut is not functioning properly, it is highly likely that it will present as skin issues.
Skin inflammation more often than not starts in the gut, and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and rosacea are almost always gut-related. You can temporarily treat them topically, but getting to the root cause of the problem will be the only way to cure it.
6. Your gut is your second brain
Gut instinct is real — our guts are full of brain-like neurons and neurotransmitters and it really can help influence our judgement.
Primarily this second ‘brain’ managed the digestive system independently; however, it is in constant communication with the brain in our skull.
This is an area of medical science that is ever evolving, but think about that feeling of ‘butterflies’ in your tummy when you are anticipating something or that feeling of being ‘sick to your stomach’ when something doesn’t work out — that is your second brain speaking up and it is why anxiety, nerves and even depression can be managed through good gut health.
7. Your gut is affected by the toxic environment in which we live
Today, we live in an increasingly urbanised environment and this brings so many more toxins into our lives than ever before.
Overuse of antibiotics, processed foods and the chemicals we encounter in everyday life can contaminate our gut microbiome, leaving it unbalanced. This is why it’s more important than ever to control the environmental elements we are exposed to and keep our gut healthy.
8. ‘All disease begins in the gut’
A famous quote attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates nearly 2,500 years ago — he wasn’t wrong! Everything we eat or drink or expose ourselves to either feeds disease or fights it.
Our digestive tract forms a defensive barrier and will prevent harmful substances from reaching the bloodstream. If this barrier is compromised, then harmful substances can get past, and inflammation could occur causing disease.
9. You are what you absorb, not what you eat
The real goodness from your food is absorbed through the walls of your digestive system. If your gut is damaged and unable to absorb, you won’t get the goodness out of your food — it won’t matter how many leafy greens you eat.
The Regul8 Digestive Tune-Up uses a three-step Weed, Feed and Seed process to rid your gut of all the bad stuff, nurture the lining of the digestive tract and provide nourishment for the bacteria, making sure your guts are functioning properly and benefitting from all that good food you are eating.
10. One in three people have low stomach acid
Most people think that reflux is caused by too much stomach acid; in fact, it’s the total opposite.
Though reflux is one of the most common health issues doctors prescribe drugs for, we can all easily make positive changes to improve the acidic levels in our gut, ridding us of the awful discomfort caused by reflux.
Regul8 is a herbal-based three-step process that cleanses, soothes and repairs the gastrointestinal system. It removes unwanted and unhealthy organisms, soothes existing irritations and aids sustainable gut health. For more information or to find your local supplier please visit www.regul8ireland.com