How Gut Health improves your overall Health:

When it comes to boosting your health ,the importance of gut health cannot be discounted.

There is a significant interaction between gut bacteria, the immune system, the brain and the reproductive system.

While researchers are still studying this interaction, it is clear that gut ecology can help or hinder disease prevention, including hormonal ones.

Therefore, it is critical to continue promoting a healthy population of gut microflora by eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods and avoiding processed foods.

In addition to practicing good nutrition, however, you can further boost your gut health with probiotics.

These supplements provide the body with a healthy dose of “good” bacteria and have been shown to mediate immunoregulatory effects.

In fact, they have shown therapeutic potential not only for chronic conditions like allergies and eczema, but also for viral infections.

Probiotics:

Probiotics are food products based on live microorganisms that contribute to the balance of the intestinal flora and bring a series of benefits to our health.

Preparations such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and miso are good sources of probiotics.

Prebiotics:

Prebiotics are food components that are not digestible by the human body, but are part of the digestion of good bacteria in the intestinal tract.

It is important to emphasise that you should seek a natural diet.

The indiscriminate use of medicines can harm the bacteria in your intestine and compromise the effectiveness of intestinal cells.

The use of medication is only advisable under medical supervision and follow-up.

Signs your gut is unhealthy:

Observing the health of your gut is a good indicator to assess how your health is doing.

Some easily identifiable signs may indicate that the organ is not in good health. Among them, we can highlight:

Constipation: this is indicated when you go more than 4 days without going to the bathroom or make a lot of effort to have a bowel movement.

Abdominal pain

Excess gas: Gas is natural, but when produced in excess it can indicate that your digestive system is not digesting all food optimally.

Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is usually a response to food poisoning. If there is blood present or the diarrhoea is of prolonged duration, it is necessary to investigate the causes of the problem.

Change in bowel movement frequency: Any change in bowel movement frequency is a sign that something may be wrong with your bowels.

A good way to find out how your bowel health is doing is through a thorough stool analysis.

Comprehensive Stool Profile can reveal important information about the root cause of many common health issues.

It involves, for instance, the analysis of biomarkers such as : 

Digestion/Absorption:

-Pancreatic Elastase-1 is a marker of exocrine pancreatic function.

-Products of Protein Breakdown are markers of undigested protein reaching the colon.

-Fecal Fat is a marker of fat breakdown and absorption.

Inflammation/Immunology:

-Calprotectin is a marker of neutrophil-driven inflammation. Produced in abundance at sites of inflammation, this biomarker has been proven clinically useful in differentiating between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

-Eosinophil Protein X is a marker of eosinophil-driven inflammation and allergic response.

-Fecal Secretory IgA is a marker of gut secretory immunity and barrier function.

-Fecal Occult Blood Test detects hidden blood; fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) has been recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology as the preferred noninvasive test for colorectal cancer screening/detection.

Gut Microbiome:

Metabolic indicators, including short-chain fatty acids and beta-glucuronidase, demonstrate specific and vital metabolic functions performed by the microbiota.

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