Digestive health is a huge part of the Betr program, so it's only natural that we want you discussing gut health and the importance of proper digestion with everyone around you!

As a key component in the processes of digestion, immune system, and home to the Enteric Nervous System (ENS), our gut plays a very understated role in the maintenance of homeostasis within the body and protection of our body from foreign invaders! Pretty cool, huh?

The major function of the gut is to process and digest the food we take in on a daily basis and break down these complex compounds and molecules into sizes that our body can utilize. It also sifts the nutrients from foods and sends them into the bloodstream so that the vitamins and minerals can nourish the rest of the body. 

What you might not have realized, though, is that our gut is also the main security guard for our body, helping to vet all of the bacteria and foreign agents that come into our bodies through our food and determine whether they are good or bad. Along the gut wall is a thick layer of mucosa tissue known as the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT for short). The GALT is heavily loaded with specialized immune cells known as "Peyer's Patches," which identify and disarm before they can enter the bloodstream. They also can trigger chain mechanisms throughout your gut to help prevent bacteria from further invading our bodies. 

Also within the gut is a battalion of friendly bacteria often referred to as gastrointestinal flora, which are instrumental in not only preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria within our gut, but also produces butyrate, which helps heal the body through increasing blood flow to the gut wall. Butyrate is also highly important in the maintenance and repair of colon cells, helping to prevent colon cancer, Ulcerative Colitis, and other types of Inflammatory Bowl Syndrome. 

Having a healthy gastrointestinal flora has also been associated with lower levels of inflammation, which helps to lower the risk of getting a wide range of maladies, from the common cold to even cardiovascular diseases!

Finally, the gut is houses the Enteric Nervous System, a neural network that is directly connected to the brain, and plays a part in maintaining mood, and even producing serotonin. In fact, there are approximately 100 million neurons in the gut which is more neurons than in the spinal cord! No wonder people experience "butterflies in the stomach" when they get nervous. 

As we can see, our gut is vital to our overall health, but are we treating it with the care it deserves? What steps should we take to ensure that our digestive system is operating at its best?

For starters, we can start eating fresher foods. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, one of the best ways to help increase our gut health is by avoiding refined carbohydrates and sugars, focusing instead on more natural, less refined foods that are rich in fiber. One simple way to do this is to start increasing the amount of plants and vegetables in our diet. 

Getting more Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated acids (such as those found in extra-virgin olive oil) can help with decreasing inflammatory responses, allowing our gastrointestinal flora to grow. 

Finally, eating more fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and even miso can help supply your body with an ample supply of natural probiotics for your gastrointestinal flora. 

So that's the reason why gut health and maintenance is so important to the Betr program; we recommend you try and follow all of these steps, as well as always staying hydrated and keeping your meals small and consistent. 

We also suggest that you get your daily dose of probiotics, which provide your gut with all the nutrients it needs to get your gastrointestinal flora flourishing!

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