“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” according to the adage. But the same sentiment cannot be applied to your health. Seemingly unrelated parts of your body can be intimately connected. When it comes to your health it is more accurately reflected as “what happens in your bowels determines the health of your brain.” Sounds crazy but it’s true. Here are two reasons why your digestive health plays an enormous role in your brain health.
1. You are what you eat, according to the old adage. But, I think “you are what you digest, absorb and assimilate” is an important addition to the saying. After all, what you eat, digest, absorb and assimilate will become the building blocks of every cell in your body, including those in your brain. If the digestion process is impaired, your body will lack adequate building blocks to maintain healthy brain and nervous system cells.
2. Research is showing that the gastrointestinal tract (GI) plays a huge part in your body’s immune response. It is one of the main determinants of the levels of inflammation in your body, and whether your body will attack healthy tissue.
Over 100,000,000,000,000 bacteria of more than 400 different species reside in your intestines. Actually, there are more microorganisms found in your digestive tract than there are cells in your body. Most of these bacteria reside in the large intestine, which is also known as the colon. We tend to become alarmed at the very thought of bacteria residing in our bodies, but these bacteria are an important part of our health. They help ensure that food is adequately broken down, nutrients are synthesized and absorbed, toxins are not absorbed into the blood, harmful bacteria stay in check, and that the immune system is healthy. These beneficial bacteria are also known as flora, microflora, or probiotics (the opposite of antibiotics).
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