Health is in the Gut

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Health is in the gut as new research shows that there is a relationship between gut health and some chronic diseases. Research shows that gut bacteria probably causes illnesses like obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and some types of cancer.

Your microbiome

Health is in the gut Microbiome

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said 2,000 years ago that “all disease begins in the gut.”

The human microbiome is the trillions of bacteria and yeast found in the gut and on your skin. About 80% of your immunity and digestive system is in the gut.

New research is showing that the gut bacteria in healthy individuals are different from the ones with certain diseases. Since most of these bacteria are in the intestines and colon, they affect everything from your metabolic rate, your mood, and your overall well being. People who are sick may have too much or too little of a certain bacteria. Scientists are now drawing a link between certain illnesses like heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity and the bacteria in your gut.

Health is in the gut

Health is in the gut when you have a higher level of anti-inflammatory levels of gut bacteria. This helps to protect you from inflammatory diseases like Crohn disease, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, and symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Some examples of metabolic syndrome are increased blood pressure, high sugar levels, and abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Brain – Gut Connection

The gut is packed with nerve endings that communicate with the brain. Research states that there is a link between gut bacteria and disorders of the central nervous system like autism, anxiety, and depression.

Most of the illnesses in your gut is caused by inflammation. Although inflammation comes from many sources, the modern American diet is the cause of most of the inflammation.  They are found in our foods and from the environment. Some of these are:

  • sugar that is found in sucrose, and fructose.
  • pesticides in our foods
  • environmental pollutions from industrial waste
  • pathogens – genetically modified food (GMO)
  • herbicides
  • gluten grains
  • additives added to your cosmetic and food

Inflammation travels throughout the body and causes a host of problems. It affects the production of energy for your cells, and put your immune system in a state of alarm. Research says that a sick gut is the result of hormone imbalance and affecting the way your cells and organs function. Inflammation is the first step toward chronic disease. Getting healing and anti-inflammatory food in your gut is an important decision.

Healing in the gut

Depending on your level of discomfort, it is important to have clear goals to achieve health in the gut. It is mandatory to start eating healthy, healing foods. Also, eliminating inflammatory foods helps to reduce inflammation in your body.

The following is a list of healing foods that will improve your gut flora:

  • Plant foods and vegetablesKefir mixed berries smoothie
  • Having gluten-free low sugar diet
  • Eat high fiber foods, fruits. and whole grains
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Fermented foods and vegetables like tempeh, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, pickles, natto, and kombucha
  • Remove all refined and processed foods from your cabinet and refrigerator.

Exercise to improve your health

Regular exercise improves your mood and your health. It also helps to relieve stress your body. Also, exercise encourages the growth of a variety of gut bacteria that keeps you healthy and reduces illnesses.


The mind, heart, and body improve with meditation. When the body relaxes, there is a possibility that healing takes place. During meditation, research shows where blood pressure decreases and also the stress hormone levels. The breathing done during meditation improves the heart rate. According to Dr. Herbert Benson, MD and founder of Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the relaxation response from meditation helps to decrease metabolism. Dr. Benson also states that “any condition that’s caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation.”


Your body may need additional supplements. A good multivitamin and good probiotics should be included in your routine. Check with your health professional about what is suitable for your body’s needs.


Inflammation is really the first step toward chronic disease. Science is furthering their research about the relationship between your gut and chronic diseases. More research needs to be done to pinpoint the exact types of bacteria that lead to certain diseases. In the meantime, the information is there about the benefits of getting a healthy gut florato prevent some diseases.

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  1. Hey Monique, great article.
    I truly believe as you do that health starts in the gut. I’ve always been a huge believer of detoxing every few months to maintain good health. However, I definitely need to start improving my health and removing more of these items that cause inflammation. This was a great reminder of what I need to do to stay healthy.

    • Hi Ruby,
      Amazing how much information we have to take care of ourselves. But sometimes we get side-tracked. Yes, you will feel so much better when you are on top of the foods and situations that cause inflammation.
      Thanks for your support.

  2. Hi Monique,
    This was a great post and a great reminder to look after ones gut health and how to do it. My husband suffers with arthritis and now also has a brain disease called Lewy Body Disease and is in Frail Care. I often wonder if all his health problems stem from his gut problems. As long as I have known him and that is more than 53 years now, he has suffered with chronic constipation which would be connected with the gut.

  3. Hi Monique,
    I read with interest about the ways to improve gut health. Thankfully I do enjoy eating fruit and vegetables but it is worrying that so many of our produce is genetically modified. This is a big problem with our wheat in this country (South Africa) and I feel sure it is the reason that so many people are wheat or gluten intolerant.What do you think?

    • Jill,
      You are absolutely correct. Wheat in its original form is not bad. It’s what genetical engineering (GMO) has done to it. It is so bad that the body rejects it and makes you sick.
      It is very sad. Stay with your plant-based, vegetables, and fruits.
      Check out some of my other blogs on howtoimproveguthealth.com
      Thanks for sharing.

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