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The Link Between Your Gut and Your Health

If your GI tract is out of balance it can affect the rest of your body, and your health.

Whatever passes through the GI tract is assessed by the immune system to check for threats. However, if the barrier in your gut isn’t strong, it can allow toxins to pass through. This is also known as “leaky gut” and it can be a real problem for people who have health issues, creating the following issues:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Autoimmune diseases.

Another system affected by the GI tract is the kidneys. When the lining of your gut is damaged that leads to inflammation. This makes it harder for your kidneys to control salt/water levels in your body and filter toxins. Instead, you may develop chronic kidney disease.

A third bodily system impacted is your liver. The liver also cleans out toxins in the body. If your gut is absorbing a lot of toxins they will eventually find themselves in the liver. These toxins include

  • Pesticides
  • Medications
  • Hormones
  • Metabolites

Your brain is also affected by your gut health. The two are in communication with each other through what is called the brain-gut axis. Interestingly, neurotransmitters that are created in your gut find their way to your brain. If you have a “leaky gut” then it becomes easier for toxins to travel to your brain.

Skin also has a connection to the GI tract. If your gut is out-of-whack your skin will experience inflammation. This presents as rashes or hives, which are sometimes reactions from the immune system linked to the gut.

Finally, your gut also affects your weight because of the bacteria residing there. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, consider foods rich in polyphenols, such as green tea or flaxseed meal.

Want to learn more about the link between your gut and your health? Read the full post here:  6 Surprising Ways Your Gut Could Affect Your Overall Health.