Over 2000 years ago, the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, made the statement that “all disease begins in the gut.” Today, in the modern 21st century, we’re just now beginning to realize how true that statement is.
If all disease begins in the gut, all health must begin there too. Your gut or “microbiome” is an incredibly unique and complex environment that is vitally important to maintaining or achieving good health.
- Your microbiome contains over 100 trillion bacteria.
- Over 70% of your immune system is comprised in the gut.
- Over 90% of serotonin (happiness/wellbeing neurotransmitter) is produced in the gut.
- You have more neurons (nervous system cells) in the gut than in your spinal cord; in fact, your gut has its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system.
The beneficial bacteria in your gut play vital roles in cellular function, hormone production and even brain and cognitive performance.
Many aspects of our modern American lifestyle have caused significant damage to our guts, such as…
- Overuse of antibiotics.
- Lack of cultured foods and the advent of refrigeration.
- Excessive use of antimicrobial hand sanitizers.
- C-section births.
- Formula-fed babies.
- Processed foods and environmental toxins.
This has led to a condition known as leaky gut that is a driving force behind many of the inflammatory-based chronic diseases we see in the US today.