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Feeling Sick Again? It May Be Due to Bad Gut Health

Here are three reasons you should try to fix it.

A lot of attention and credit is given to face masks for being the reason that fewer people have become sick since the start of the pandemic. While masking up and staying home, many folks have also started cooking at home and eating less processed and fast foods. So the question is, how important is gut health when it comes to overall health? Your gut affects so many systems, but chief among them is your immune system. Eighty percent of your immune system is housed in your gut.

Therefore, a poor diet resulting in inflammation and imbalanced gut bacteria will severely weaken your immune system’s ability to protect you from a variety of infections and toxins. Similarly, serotonin is mostly produced in your gut, explaining the gut-brain, gut-mood connection. Imbalanced serotonin results in depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, and more. We interviewed Dr. Vikki Petersen, certified clinical nutritionist, chiropractor, and certified functional medicine practitioner, about the following three reasons why keeping your gut healthy is imperative to overall health, especially during the pandemic. Keep reading for more!

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Why Fixing Bad Gut Health is the Key to Health

1) Gut Health Strengthens Your Immune System

Your gut affects so many systems, but chief among them is your immune system. Eighty percent of your immune system is in your gut. Therefore, a poor diet resulting in inflammation and imbalanced gut bacteria will severely weaken your immune system’s ability to protect you from a variety of infections and toxins. Conversely, a healthy gut will empower and strengthen your immune system, “Teflon coating” you from infection.

2) Your Energy and Mood Levels Will Get a Boost

Serotonin is mostly produced in your gut, explaining the gut-brain, gut-mood connection. Imbalanced serotonin results in depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, and more.

3) Weight Loss Becomes Effortless

Metabolism makes up many factors but good digestion and assimilation of your nutrition are key. Your gut bacteria, when healthy, will cause good absorption. It will also modulate the hormones that create satiety so you do not feel hungry or crave bad food. A healthy gut actually wants and craves good food. An unhealthy one drives you to junk food, sugar and thus leads to weight gain. Your gut health is integral to overall health. It would not be overstating it to say that good health is impossible when your gut health is absent.

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