In humans and other mammals, the gut is home to trillions of bacteria from thousands of different species. There can be up to 2kg of these bacteria present in our gut at any time. Each person has their own unique combination of bacteria, and this will change throughout our lives depending on factors such as age, diet and lifestyle. Most of these bacteria are beneficial; they help in the digestion process, aid in the absorption of vitamins, contribute towards metabolism regulation, and play a very important role in the function of the immune system.
If there is an imbalance in the gut bacteria, this can result in a number of different problems, including abdominal cramping and discomfort, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Crohn’s Disease. Harmful gut bacteria can also play a role in immune system disorders, particularly in people who suffer from autoimmune diseases, where the body attacks its own cells. Researchers have found that they may be connected to arthritis, with a specific species of bacteria triggering adverse immune responses which lead to the painful inflammatory disorder.
We still do not fully understand the role that gut bacteria plays in the immune system and the functions of the body, but in recent years research has made great progress and we are learning more about more about it. The importance of maintaining a healthy gut and a diverse range of gut bacteria is becoming clearer than ever. Our diet is one of the major factors which affect the presence and type of microbes in our gut. To keep our gut healthy and maintain problem-free digestion, it is very important that we choose the right foods to maintain the balance. A natural, fibre-rich, plant based diet will help beneficial bacteria to thrive and aid problem-free digestion. Probiotics can also be useful in maintaining gut health, and are available in the form of yoghurts or supplements.
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