The gut microbiome consists of trillions of microbes that live in the digestive tract. It is shaped by our genetics, environment, medication use and diet, and is as unique as our fingerprint. While the microbiome is still an evolving area of research, there are certain established links that prove that taking care of our gut is vital to our wellbeing.
The gut affects nearly every aspect our wellbeing so it is important to take care of it. Our Goli ACV Gummies are formulated with apple cider vinegar which has prebiotic properties, and vitamin B9 and B12 which help convert the food you eat into cellular energy and help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively.
Gut health influences how food is digested and absorbed. Some research suggests that an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy microbes, also called dysbiosis, may contribute to weight gain. (1) For example, in one 2013 study, the microbiome from identical twins, one of whom was obese and one of whom was at a healthy BMI weight, were transferred to mice. The study resulted in the mouse with the obese microbiome gaining more weight than the mouse who received the lean microbiome, despite following identical diets. (2)
More than 70% of the immune system is located in the gut. The gut microbiota that resides in the gastrointestinal tract helps regulate the immune response and control how the body responds to infection. (3)
Feeling sluggish? It is possible that gut health plays a role in your energy levels. One study compared mice with bacteria in their gut versus germ-free mice and found that the germ-free mice had significantly lower ATP (energy) production despite food consumption which may indicate the importance of gut bacteria in energy levels. (4)
A healthy microbiome helps us digest the food we eat, absorb the nutrients it contains, and keep things running smoothly. A review published in 2018 suggested that an imbalance in gut bacteria may play a role in the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is characterized by upset stomach, gas, bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain. (5)
The gut-brain connection is apparent in many situations. For example, emotions like anger, sadness and anxiety can trigger symptoms in the gut. Even the thought of eating food can release digestive juices in the stomach before food even gets there. One study showed that psychological based approaches may lead to greater improvement in digestive symptoms. (6) Because the gut and brain are intimately connected, taking care of the gut therefore means taking care of the brain.
GI disorders are often accompanied by skin manifestations like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea suggesting that the health of the gut microbiome may play a role. For example, one study suggested a potential link between rosacea and Helicobacter pylori, a pathogenic bacteria found in the stomach and small intestine. The study found significantly higher prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in those with rosacea when compared to controls and eradication of the bacteria led to a significant improvement in skin symptoms. (7)
The gut affects nearly every aspect our wellbeing so it is important to take care of it. The good news is, that there are many lifestyle and dietary changes that can support its health including incorporating probiotic-containing foods like yogurt, sauerkraut and kombucha and prebiotic-containing foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Goli ACV gummies are formulated with apple cider vinegar which has prebiotic properties, and vitamin B9 and B12 which help convert the food you eat into cellular energy and help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively. Finally, aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep per night can support a healthy microbiome.