Gut Bacteria And Your Health
Your gut is also known as the gastrointestinal tract, digestive system, or digestive tract. It includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. Anything you ingest, whether it’s an apple, a slice of pizza, or even a piece of chewing gum, will eventually make its way to your gut.
Your gut is a very sensitive organ system and can become “upset” at a moment’s notice. You know what I mean… 💩 This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to understand the best foods for gut health, and the worst foods for gut health—to avoid this at all costs! My gut has betrayed me more times than I’d like to admit, but hey, we’re all human! But, have you ever wondered what causes it to be so sensitive? It’s actually bacteria!
The bacteria found in your gut is called the gut flora, or gut microbiota. There are two types of bacteria, the “good” bacteria, which helps with digestion, and the “bad” bacteria, that can cause a variety of health issues and disorders, like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), lactose intolerance, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, and leaky gut syndrome, just to name a few.  Needless to say, taking care of your gut and making your gut health more of a priority is more important than you might realize.