The meeting was a closed door session between business partners. There’s a decision on the table regarding whether or not to sell a percentage of their company as part of a strategic financial plan for expansion. The outcome of their decision would eventually affect everyone at their company in one way or another.
After hours of discussion, the partners had evaluated every angle but, they needed to arrive at a unanimous answer. “What’s your gut instinct here?” one asks the other. Gut Instinct: it’s the invisible backbone question you ask someone you trust when you want the unfettered truth.
What is it about a person’s gut that leads us to say things like “go with your gut” or “trust your gut instinct”. What’s up with that?
Things like this become “sayings” because they have underlying truth.
Did you know that the gut is also known as your bodies second brain? So it makes sense that you’d trust it because it operates on instinct unlike your brain that we think of as operating on logic.
That’s right, your body has a second brain. Did I just blow your mind?
No, it’s not a backup brain, it’s a second brain, that’s working for you everyday making your body function.
So what is your gut and what’s it do?
Your gut technically starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum and includes every part of your digestive system in between.
- The gut system is responsible for 75% of the body’s immune system.
- There are more neurons in the small intestine than the entire spinal cord.
- It has its own independent nervous system.
- Your gut system has so much surface area that if it was laid flat it would cover an entire tennis court.
- There are over 400 species of microbes living in your gut totaling over 15 lbs mass.
- It’s responsible for making the food you eat into packets of fuel the blood can deliver to cells throughout the body.
Not all guts are created equal. Sorry, but it’s true.
And not to point any fingers here, but you and your mom are directly responsible for what’s going on inside that gut of yours. You inherited your mothers gut health and have been either making it better or worse, depending on the foods you eat, since you were old enough to handle a fork.
A low functioning gut looks like this:
- Auto immune disorders and allergies
- Eczema and other skin disorders
- Bloating, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea
- Brain fog and low energy
- Frequent headaches
A high functioning gut looks like this:
- Laser focus and even energy throughout the day
- High immunity to common illnesses
- Easily digests all food groups
- Good metabolism
That second list is a little more appealing than the first, so you might want to do a few things to tip the scale in your favor.
There are two basic health hacks that every gut needs. This is base line and there are hundreds of pages more that could be written, but get this started and you’ll be on your way.
Hack #1: Revamp Your Gut with New Strands of Microbes to Gain the Benefits of a Healthy Gut
Get it done: Take a Probiotic Every Day
Your gut needs new species of microbes regularly. Unfortunately, our daily diets and stress do a good job of killing off the little guys we’ve already got, so some reinforcements are key to winning.
Hack #2: Make All Day Energy a Reality by Keeping Gut Flora Strong and Healthy
Get it done: Take a Prebiotic Every Day
Strong healthy gut flora are hard workers getting invisible jobs done with efficiency. They’ll kill off any rogue bacteria, make sure toxins are cleared out of the body and get the proper nutrients passed through the gut wall so they can feed your brain.
A prebiotic feeds the gut flora (microbes) and keeps it strong so it doesn’t die off so easily. The very best source of prebiotic is drinkable Aloe Vera. Not only will it strengthen your gut flora, but it will heal any problem surface areas in your gut wall and increase food digestion.
Your gut instinct right now should be to do an internal evaluation.
Questions like, how do I feel mid-afternoon? O, do I get allergy symptoms I didn’t used to get, are important indicators of your changing gut health?
Put these health hacks to use and take full advantage of your bodies second brain.