The alimentary canal is among the most ignored and under-studied organs in the human body. It is the only set of internal organs that is exposed to the outside environment. That means that it is directly influenced by what is around us and, more importantly, what we put in it. Because of the semi-exposed nature of the organ system, and its huge relative mass in the human body, the normal flora within it is a reflection of our surrounding space. This includes sleep pattern, country, and even mental state. Have you ever traveled to a place, only to think you’ve gotten food poisoning? Most of the time, that’s not it. We’re not so weak as to be taken down by tap water ice. More likely than not, it is the thriving biome inside you adjusting to the new and strange environment. Welcome to the weird world of gut health.
The Ins and Outs
The primary means of improving your digestive system is to be keenly aware that inside you is a whole ecosystem that thrives on what us as humans have naturally ingested since the beginning of time. That means that sugar and candy not only disrupts the system, it can lead to serious illnesses like SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), that go undetected by many clinicians. The process of diagnosing such disorders require four-hour long confirmatory methane breath tests from niche clinics in Beverly Hills, California. Since the majority of us don’t have that kind of time or spare change, preventive practices are our major key. Avoid negative biome disruptors like the aforementioned candies along with harmful franken-sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin. They are massively toxic to you and the systems within you, especially your normal flora.
Sleep is another equally important aspect of maintaining good gut health. We have an internal clock, known as diurnal variation. That means that we are adapted to sleeping at night and
being awake during the day, and the hormonal response is directly linked to that circadian rhythm. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to many disorders that disrupt behavior, mood, and food cravings. This, in turn, can diminish the necessary good bacteria in your digestive system. There is a link between the gut biome and the amount of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin. The depletion of which, may cause depression, irritability, and predilection towards sweet sugary foods. Protect your sleep! Don’t let work or stress be the cause of health disruption. Experts on the subject of gut health like Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of Bulletproof MCT Oil, not only recommends the prescribed eight hours a night, but even has proven biohacks to make it a fool-proof and even enjoyable endeavor (grass fed steaks and butter for dinner!? Yes, please).
Supplementation and healthy oils may be a piece of the puzzle, but know that they are only part of a collective effort to improve your digestive health. One has to accommodate it into their lifestyle and not just patch it. The adjustments to a better lifestyle are also, admittedly, pretty fun. Instead of dry bars and boring granola, you’re eating good quality meats and hormone-supporting fats. These are the building blocks that body intuitively knows how to use. And with these simple adjustments and conscientious living, you can rest assured that your gut biome and the ecosystem within it will stay healthy, and you happy.