Often an intestinal infection such as traveler’s diarrhea may cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract, to grow. Scientists aren’t sure exactly how this occurs, but some believe that by affecting the gut nervous system, an infection may lead to IBS.
A recent study has provided new findings about how this is occurring, which can lead to better IBS treatments. The study done with mice looks closely at why neurons die in the gut and how they are usually protected by the immune system.
The researchers explain that the immune system needs to strike a careful balance in a healthy intestine between responding to threats and keeping that response in check to prevent damage. “Inflammation lets the gut ward off an infection but too much can cause lasting damage,” said study researcher Daniel Mucida, Associate Professor at Rockefeller University in the USA. The finding is released in the journal Cell.
Tips for Healthy Gut
You are less likely to experience harmful inflammation if you have a healthy gut. So here are some ways to stay healthy with your gut.
Eat ‘Healthy Gut’ Foods
Not only will the food you eat provide you with nutrients, but it will also feed trillions of bacteria that live in your gut. Eat more foods which are rich in fibres. Fruit, vegetables, pulses, nuts and wholegrains feed healthy bacteria provides the fiber that produces good bacteria and overall health of the intestine.
Other ‘ healthy gut ‘ foods include probiotic foods. They include live yoghurt, kefir, some cheeses and foods that are fermented or pickled. Avoid eating highly processed foods, as ‘ healthy ‘ bacteria can be eliminated or ‘ poor ‘ bacteria increased.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep shortages can increase the risk of obesity, which in turn can lead to digestive system disorders.
Do Some Exercise
It may sound like a cliché but exercise is the best way to lose weight. It also keeps your body weight healthy. A healthy body means you are less prone to problems with the digestive system.
Manage Anxiety And Depression
Your mood and digestive system health (particularly disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome) are inseparable because of the brain-gut relation. So, your gut well being impairs by anxiety and depression. If you’re suffering from these problems, get help solving them. Along with other distraction techniques you can try relaxation therapies.
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