Did you realise that you have more bacteria in your gut than cells in your body! 100 trillion microorganisms… 10 times more bacteria than the combined number of cells in the human body. In this knowledge you could really say that we are more bacteria than human.

Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut” and it’s taken us 2000 years to realise that he was correct. Optimal gut function is crucial for your health and fat loss. A lot of people go their entire lives with joint pain, sleep disturbances, arthritis, fever, skin irritations, fatigue, night sweats, headaches, depression, an so on. A lot of the time I find people accept the fact that they feel ‘crappy’ and believe “such is life”. But this is not the case… All these symptoms or feelings are, for the most part, a result of poor diet and lifestyle. Ryan Andrews of Precision Nutrition puts it like this: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Substitute ‘gut’ for ‘mama’ and you pretty much get the picture”. Poor gut health is a big problem in modern day society yet one of the easiest to counteract. Have you got the stomach to achieve optimal health and wellbeing?

The majority of modern day food products were unknown to our systems just 100 years ago. If you think 100 years is a long time, when we are talking about the evolution or the development of humans it’s actually like a blink of an eye.

Our guts simply can’t handle these new foods (this is not to say that some time in the future we can’t adapt to them),and experts reason that the introduction of these new or modified foodstuffs explains the increase in allergies and food intolerances now common-place in society.

There is now a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS). Cases are increasing but the scary thing is that a lot of people have this issue and don’t even know it. LGS is caused when there is irritation or inflammation of the gut wall, where the tight junctions between the stomachs cells loosen up and allow compounds to pass through when they shouldn’t. Hence, the gut is leaking compounds into our system/body.

Food additives, such as MSG can influence the junctions of the gut and weaken their bonds, exposing you to all types of nasty pathogens. Stress is another major player in the cause of leaky gut syndrome along with antibiotics, malnutrition and foodstuffs like gluten, casein, lectins, and fructose.

Experts agree that a healthy gut barrier depends on good levels of intestinal bacteria, intact mucosa, and a healthy immune system. All of which are influenced through your diet and lifestyle choices.

The bottom line is that something as simple as taking care of your gut health could improve your overall health, feeling of wellbeing, and appearance. Have you been nice to your gut lately?

Phil is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (starfitnesssaigon.com), online or at your home. Contact him through his website phil-kelly.com or facebook.com/BodyExpertSystemsVietnam.