What is the gut?
We tend to think about the gut as our stomach, but the gut is the long tube that starts at the mouth and ends up at your bottom. So, when we talk about the gut, we are also talking about our mouth, food pipe, small and large intestines and of course the end passage. Along the route, the gut is supported by the liver, stomach, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Your gut is a kind of superpower that we need to nurture. Here’s why…
- Accommodates most of your microbiome.
- Digests and absorbs nutrients.
- Supports immune function (approximately 70%).
- Plays a role in producing chemicals that affect how we feel.
“The gut microbiome is the most important scientific discovery for human healthcare in recent decades,”
– James Kinross, Microbiome Scientist and Surgeon, Imperial College London*
How important is the gut microbiome?
Scientists believe the health of our gut could hold the key to tackling everything from anxiety, and obesity, to Alzheimer’s. Optimising your gut health is one of the most powerful ways to support your overall wellness and this is where your gut microbiome comes in.
Interestingly, the word biome means a distinct type of ecosystem. That is exactly what is going on inside your body. 100s of trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms exist in harmony, a bit like the tropical rainforest, a biologically diverse terrestrial ecosystem.
Benefits of a healthy gut microbiome
Since the microbiome helps contribute towards your metabolism and ability to process nutrients, it is important to feed yourself a healthy diet, and avoid triggering cravings that take you off plan. High fibre foods that are beneficial for your microbiome have the bonus of being more filling so can also help you stay on plan.
Immune System Health
Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut microbiome? The Gut is your body’s first line of defence against illness and helps make sure that pathogens do not enter your bloodstream and trigger the rest of your body’s immune response.
90% of your body’s production of Serotonin, the hormone which contributes to positive moods, takes place in the gut! Bacteria in the gut also produce another neurotransmitter called GABA, which helps manage feeling like anxiety and fear. This means that a healthy gut can impact your mood and mental wellness… the expression ‘gut feelings’ and ‘trusting your gut’ could be true!
Brain/ Cognitive Health
The gut is often called the ‘second brain’, but maybe it should even be called the ‘first’ brain, as it sends twice as many signals to the brain as vice-versa, through a highway called the vagus nerve, also known as the ‘gut-brain-axis’ which affects how we feel and how we process information.
Since most of our energy comes from food, you want to have a healthy gut microbiome to efficiently process that food and give you the energy you need to perform at home, work, and your whole life.
A word from The Founder
“I see so many of my Six Pack Revolution participants struggle with digestive health. We all know BALANCE is my mantra – and a balanced digestive system creates a feeling of well-being and overall happiness.
That is why it was so important to provide a pre and probiotic complex as part of my Six Nutrition range.
– Scott Harrison