September 2018- Gut Check
This 5 page newsletter discusses ways to maintain a healthy gut.
Excerpt: "The mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract acts as a physical barrier to protect our body from pathogens, antigens and other noxious substances. Lymphatic tissue in the mucosa is our first line of defence against disease and 70 to 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. Our gut contains so many neurons that it is often referred to as the ‘second brain’. It tells our brain what to do and produces neurotransmitters, including 90% of mood-enhancing serotonin. Home to our microbiome, the gut contains approximately 100 trillion beneficial bacteria that enhance digestion, nutrient availability, immune health and mood, while decreasing inflammation and chronic disease in the body. If our digestive systems aren’t functioning optimally, our overall health suffers."