Gut health is extremely important to ensure good health. Interestingly, gut health is closely tied to various others aspects of our health. It has often been linked to mental health and triggering a host of ailments when not in its top notch form. In a recently published study, experts at the Waseda University in Tokyo found that a bacteria commonly found in mouth may trigger gut inflammation, leading to inflammatory bowel disease. The bacteria may also activate immune cells to fuel inflammation in the gut.
The findings showed that when the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae colonises in an intestine out of microbial balance, immune cells called T helper 1 (TH1) become overactive in the gut, resulting in intestinal inflammation leading to the onset of inflammatory bowel disease. On an average, humans ingest 1.5 litres of saliva containing bacteria every day, which could possibly have harmful effects on health. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017 in California.
Faltering gut health can easily be reflected in the quality of your skin, hair and can also manifest in your state of mental health. Experts suggest keeping a close watch on your daily diet to maintain a healthy gut. Excessive refine food, junk food, trans-fat consumption may have adverse effects on your gut health. Green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and whole grains must be a regular part of your diet. One should go easy with red meat and introduce variety in diet. A range of millets, grains, flours and veggies can be experimented with to boost good gut bacteria. Fermented foods like curd, buttermilk, kefir, kombucha among others are excellent for maintaining good gut health.
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