Gastrointestinal tract or gut in human body processes food – from the time it is first eaten until it is absorbed by the body or excreted.
Human gut is considered the command center of our health, hence science has been discovering many fascinating things about our gut and how it’s connected to many different systems in our body including our brain, skin, mouth, blood, and metabolism.
With our changing food habits, the gut has also been the most abused organ, digesting what we shove in as our daily intake – fried food, refined sugars, preservatives laced packaged food, also intakes of antibiotics, medications, pesticides and other man-made chemicals.
When not cared well our gut suffers from many disorders including acid reflux and esophagitis, anal fissures, appendicitis, Barrett’s esophagus, cancers of the bowel, liver, esophagus, pancreas, stomach, cholecystitis, coeliac disease, constipation, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, diarrhea, diverticula, duodenal ulcer, dyspepsia, gallstones, gastroenteritis, piles (hemorrhoids), helicobacter pylori, stomach pain, hernia, irritable bowel syndrome, mesenteric adenitis, pancreatitis., itchy bottom (pruritus ani), pyloric stenosis, blood in stools (rectal bleeding), gastric ulcers, threadworms and ulcerative colitis.
As our gut struggles to keep us healthy, helping absorb what is needed and weed out foreign pathogenic bacteria, its tissues known as microbiome play a very important role.
These microbiome consists of trillion symbiotic microbial cells that regulate our immune system, synthesize vitamins, create neurotransmitters etc. Microbes in the gut (bacteria, yeast, viruses) help us regulate our immune system, produce chemicals, synthesize vitamins which are all required to maintain health & wellness.
There are many microbes that are also bad for us, bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and others. However, our bodies are also full of prebiotics which are good bacteria that provide many health benefits including digestive support, immune regulation, and weight loss.
Probiotics are fibrous foods that feed good bacteria and weed out the bad. While they are required to improve gut health, it is equally important to personalize them as per our microbiomes
Thyve, world’s first gut health company offers microbiome testing with personalized dietary and probiotics recommendations, to ensure our gut has the right good bacteria. They utilize microbiome sequencing technology to determine the right prebiotic foods personalized for each person to boost good bacteria and weed out the bad.