Health starts in the gut and almost all diseases are caused by something going wrong in the gut, even things like depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, etc. It makes sense if you think about the fact that the stomach has to feed every cell in the body so treat your bowel with respect and give it what it wants and all will be well throughout the rest of the body.
Gut health determines the health of the human. Along with our liver it comprises about 80% of our immune system. This is done through the microbiome.
The microbiome is a whole community of microbes that resides in our gut in our mouth on our skin on all our mucus membranes. The biggest microbiome we have is in our gut and it is made up of bacteria, viruses, fungus, prions and all different kinds of microbes that work together as a community to modify our hormones, break down our food, create vitamins, make neurotransmitters, protect us against harmful bacteria and help to sustain our immune system.
Considering the gut as the first thing to look at when we want to stay healthy and get healthy we have to include the whole gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus.
3 billion bacteria are shared from the mouth to the gut every single day according to Mark Burhenne a holistic dentist. Bacteria from the mouth can get into the blood stream and cause many chronic diseases including heart disease, rhumatoid arthritis so it is very important to know how to keep the mouth healthy as well as the gut.
Our gut also feeds our brain with neurotransmitters the 4 main ones being Gabba, Acetylcholine, Seratonine and Dopamine. 90% of seratonine is made in the gut so why they always go to the brain to boost seratonine is an oxymoron. Each neurotransmitter has its job to do so you can see when they are unbalanced where problems with the brain can come from.