The intestines are now becoming one of the most urgent areas of the human body studied. Scientists have so far concluded that 70–80 percent of our immune system resides in the gut. Each of us has a unique microbiome that inadequately nourishes, causes inflammation and leads to, among other things, heart disease and diabetes.
The researchers’ observations show that colon bacteria can communicate with the brain and determine our body weight, behaviour and even personality.
Another thing is the link between the gut and depression. Depression is known to be associated with levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. As further research shows, 95 percent of serotonin is in the gut, only 5–10 percent in the brain. Therefore, what we eat has a huge impact on our well-being, emotional states and depression. Because there is a link between low serotonin levels and depression, the gut flora plays an extremely important role in our body.
What you eat isn’t just nutrition for you, it also feeds the trillions of bacteria that live in your gut. Your gut has approximately 100 billion bacteria per gram of food in your gut.
Bearing in mind this, we can do our best to provide our intestines with the right nourishment and help the good bacteria multiply.
What should I eat for a healthy gut?
Eat prebiotics, mostly wide range of plant-based foods. A healthy gut has a diverse community of microbes, each of which prefers different foods.