In a culture obsessed by antibacterial soaps and antibiotics, knowing that there are 100 trillion bacteria in your digestive system that perform a critical role in preventing disease may be surprising.
These bacteria are responsible for
- contributing to energy homeostasis
- preventing infections
- lessening immune hypersensitivity
- and maintaining the GI barrier.
One of the most important functions of our GI system is to prevent foreign substances for entering the bloodstream. Without an intact GI barrier, incompletely digested proteins and fats and waste products are allowed to enter the bloodstream. These particles trigger an autoimmune response that can contribute to a myriad of health concerns.
- digestive problems
- autistic spectrum disorders
- bi-polar disorder
- other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems
So, what do we need to do to have a healthy gut?