Everyone has gut feelings that they choose to follow or not. Often when making a decision people may say, “I went with my gut!” While you may think this is a tongue-in-check remark about intuition, the truth is that the gut is an important part of your body that affects more than your digestive system. It can also play an important role in affecting mood and memory. Today, let’s talk about the importance of keeping the gut in good health!

The Gut Stores Bacteria

First you should know that another name for your gut is the gastrointestinal tract and it’s a very important part of the digestive system. There are 100 trillion bacteria in your body and most of them are stored in your gut. These bacteria can have a huge impact on how your body functions. What you eat and put in your body determines what kind of bacteria your body has to work with. Mood, energy levels, creative output and more can be affected.

Your Gut Health is Your Immune System’s Health

Your gut is the first line of defense for anything dangerous you might eat or ingest. If you’re a fan of the 5-second rule, then your gut has more than likely kept you from getting sick! The gut is where bacteria and your immune system first meet. There are cells within your gut’s lining meant for producing antibodies.

How it affects Your Mood

Have you ever gotten butterflies in your stomach? Or gotten so nervous you have to go to the bathroom? This is because there is actually a connection between your gut and your brain. The gut has been nicknamed, “the second brain.” The emotions we feel can impact the physical symptoms we feel like the ones explained above.

However, most people don’t realize it can work the other way around too. What is happening in your gut can influence how think, feel and your mood. The majority of Serotonin, a hormone meant to make you feel good, is actually produced in the gut!

Keeping your gut healthy is an important part of achieving overall wellness in your life.