Have you ever considered how much the gut comes up in daily conversation? From ‘trusting your gut’ to having a ‘gut feeling’ about something.
The big question is - could you define exactly what the gut is?
What we do know is that the gut is one of the most important parts of your body. It influences everything from health to happiness! Here, we take a look at the most fascinating, phenomenal and far-fetched facts about this mysterious organ.
The Gut is Home to Your Second Brain
70% of your immune system is in the gut. Its Enteric Nervous System (ENS - fancy right?) can function separately from the brain! Unlike the brains in our heads, this ENS is unable to compose sonnets or pay bills though… It has the job of regulating our digestion and then telling the brain how it feels.
Tummy rumbling? That’s your gut saying it's hungry. Energy levels low? Regulate blood sugar please! It’s our guts that tell our minds what to think or feel. Feeling hangry? Now you know why!
Everyone’s talking about fermentation these days - from kimchi to kombucha, sourdough to sauerkraut - but what exactly does it mean to ‘ferment’ something, and why is it good for us?
Well, the act of fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation. You can ferment all sorts of exciting things - from cucumbers to cabbage, green beans to carrots. You can even make your own fermented ketchup!
The fermentation process varies depending on what you’re fermenting (e.g. there’s alcohol fermentation, acetic acid fermentation, and lacto-fermentation). To give you the ‘basic gist of it’; there are microorganisms (such as bacteria / yeast) that convert carbohydrates (e.g. sugar / starch) into alcohol / acids. During this process, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals are created and food becomes more nutritious and lasts for longer - magic! Seriously. Actual magic. These probiotics are essentially ‘good bacteria’ for the gut.
So what’s the key?
What does this all mean? Having a healthy and happy gut is the key to a healthy and happy life. If you take care of your gut with a balanced diet packed-full of probiotic treats like oats, yogurts, pickles and sauerkraut (not all at once), then your gut can get on with keeping you smiling.