Are you also trying to hold onto those last remnants of summer? Well, you know what that means, it is the change of season and autumn is here. You could probably already tell by the subtle hints that your body is giving you, like perhaps a change in appetite and cravings. Listening to your body is extremely important. Everyone knows the saying trust your gut and one certainly should. Your gut microbiome is probably the most important organ you’ve never heard of. The bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes within your gut are amazing. Research on the gut microbiome has come to the forefront recently gaining both media and academic attention. So, what is the gut microbiome and why is gut health so important?
THE GUT MICROBIOME
The gut microbiome is comprised of thousands of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes that are found in the cecum of the large intestine, within the human digestive system. Recent medical studies have uncovered that the gut microbiome plays a vital role in far more than just digesting consumed foods, it is linked to your immune system and central nervous system. The bi-products of the gut microbiome during the digestion process are neurotransmitters that take effect on the brain, through the gut-brain axis and lead to the release of various hormones.
Unfortunately, through globalization it has become challenging to follow a natural diet as foods that were once seasonal are now available year-round. Modern farming techniques also present a problem as genetically modified crops are sprayed with pesticides and sold to the public. These factors are important to note as they can negatively impact the microbes within your gut and compromise your health, by affecting the body’s natural mechanisms that are influenced by the gut microbiome.
Your gut microbes use the food you consume, as the foundation to produce these neurotransmitters that can impact your whole body. Some of these impacts can be hormonal, organ health as well as recent links to mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. It should be a top priority to ensure that you take care of your gut microbiome and body. This can be done by following an organic diet that is mainly plant-based and by using a magnificent fungi supplement, Shiitake.
SHIITAKE AS A SUPPLEMENT FOR GUT HEALTH
Shiitake mushrooms contain various key vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
Shiitake mushrooms are rich with polysaccharides and beta-glucans which are known to protect against cell damage, feed healthy gut flora, boost white blood cell production and greatly reduce inflammation. This incredible fungus has shown the ability to lower cholesterol in the blood and aid in preventing the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. As well as boosting immunity and having anti-viral properties This, in turn, allows for an optimal environment within the intestines for the gut microbiome to function and take care of your body.
The gut microbiome shows that it is indeed the little things that count. To use the amazing properties of Shiitake,on your journey to optimal gut health Order your Medi Mushroom products here. For more fabulous fungi wisdom find our blogs here Medi Mushrooms Blog Alternatively contact Fran for a consultation. It has never been easier to honour the healer within.