Introduction To Gut Health

The Microbiome : 100 Trillion

From early on, there have been indicators that our digestive system is doing WAY more than just processing our food. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Ok, maybe not all disease, but he was definitely onto something - the fact is, a lot of our well-being stems from our gut.

This all ties back to the 100+ trillion bacteria that live in our gut... don’t worry the vast majority of those bacteria are healthy. And they have remarkable powers over the human body.

Balance + Vitality, Starting On The Inside

Luckily for the health of all of us, a significant amount of scientific research is being done on gut health and how to keep our digestive system healthy and balanced.  Let’s start with the basics of gut health. Bacteria exists everywhere from our head to our toes, but most of it lives in our large intestine, and is known as healthy gut flora or microflora. It is a truly important part of our digestive ecosystem known as the microbiome.

We are all looking for balance in our lives, so why not in our microbiome? You can help balance your microbiome simply by consuming prebiotic fiber. So maybe this is the first time you’ve heard the term prebiotic, and maybe you are wondering if prebiotics and probiotics are the same? Nope! Or maybe related? Yep!

Prebiotics v. Probiotics: What's the Difference?

It’s not totally surprising that these classic healthy foods hold such a powerful nutrient, right?  So, here is how the pros and the pres are connected: our microbiome loves a dose of probiotics to increase the healthy gut flora, and becomes even happier when we consume prebiotic fiber to feed the gut flora, allowing it to flourish and improve overall gut health.

The U.S. Diet and A Healthy Gut 
The volume and variety of healthy microflora in our digestive systems continues to drop in the U.S.  It’s caused by many factors including the evolution of the food we consume (too much processed, nutrient-poor food, not enough veggies), a trend towards sterilization of our bodies and our homes (knocking out too much healthy bacteria), and the use of antibiotics (which are equal opportunity killers of good and bad bacteria).

But, take a deep breath because there is good news: we can have a significant and speedy impact by adding prebiotic fiber to our daily routine. Making this one change in your diet can have a huge effect… it can benefit your microbiome to help with everything from immunity, to weight, to mood.

So grab a bottle of Canvas and start feeling the difference a happy, balanced gut can make.

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