We use the phrase “trust your gut” all the time to remind us to tune into our intuition and empower it. The fact is that our gut may be even smarter and more critical to our well-being than we realize. Yes, it’s connected to our inner knowing. But it is also plays a big role when it comes to how we feel physically and emotionally.
First, your gut is a factory of trillions of healthy bacteria and dozens of neurotransmitters that affect your mood, immunity, energy, weight loss and weight gain. It acts like a second brain, calling the shots for everything from digestion to your emotions. For example, your gut produces 90% of the serotonin in your body - the neurotransmitter that elevates mood and keeps you from feeling down or depressed. And don’t forget all that beneficial bacteria. They break down what you eat so your body gets the most nutritional value from your food.
Your gut also protects you from the toxins and bacteria you are exposed to on a daily basis, from the foods you eat, to the products you use, to the air you breathe. The gut wall (lining of the intestines) does a wonderful job of allowing nutrients to get in and keeping anything harmful out.
When your gut isn’t healthy, your immune system gets easily overwhelmed. Neurotransmitters get out of balance, beneficial bacteria decrease in number, and your gut wall becomes increasingly permeable. Tiny holes in the lining begin to allow those toxins to leak into your bloodstream, wreaking havoc on your health. Called “leaky gut syndrome,” it is one of the culprits for inflammation and compromised immune systems.
The bottom line is that scientists are finally beginning to prove what we knew intuitively all along - that the food we eat is a powerful ally in balancing how we function everyday.
What does all this have to do with juice? Everything. Choosing nutrient dense organic foods and decreasing the toxic load on your body nourishes the health of your gut, which can then take care of YOU. Drinking cold-pressed juice is a highly efficient way to flood your body with the micronutrients it needs while delivering the prebiotics that beneficial bacteria thrive on. Happy bellies all around!
Whether you’re new to juicing or an experienced cleanser, we’re here to support your own journey to better health. So if your gut is saying YES to fresh juice, come by and grab a bottle at our Bend location or sign up for one of our cleanses (1-5 days, you choose)!