Did you know? There’s a whole world inside your stomach. It’s called your gut microbiome.
If you’ve never heard of it, the gut microbiome is a collection of good bacteria that lives in the stomach. But it’s responsible for so much more than good digestion. The gut microbiome acts like an engine for the body, keeping everything moving in tandem from cognitive to immune function.
Now you know how hard the gut is working every day, here are five things the gut microbiome can do that you probably didn’t realise. Until now.
1. Clear Acne Breakouts
What do your stomach and your skin have in common? They’re connected via the gut-skin axis, which is powered by your gut microbiome. Skin is often referred to as the ‘mirror to the gut’, because it’s such a strong indicator of what’s happening inside the body. Like when you have an allergic reaction to a certain food, and your body reacts by coming out in hives. Your gut microbiome is sending a signal via the skin to let you know something is wrong.
Inflammation in the gut = inflammation on the skin. Studies have also shown that dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut bacteria) can lead to inflammatory conditions including rosacea, dermatitis and acne. So, how can we get the gut-skin axis in sync? Taking probiotics can help by balancing the gut microbiome’s good bacteria. Over time, you will start to notice clearer skin, reduced inflammation and less redness. It’s why we say skincare starts in the gut.
2. Boost Your Sex Life
Is good gut health the key to better sex? (Yes, yes, yes.) A healthy gut microbiome has been linked to improved libido, mood, energy and performance during sex. Some say it's the key to having a more intense orgasm. It’s because 95% of serotonin, ‘the happy hormone’ responsible for mood and desire, is made in the gut. Gut bacteria also produce essential B vitamins and balance sugar levels, both of which support the body's natural energy and stamina.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid, an amino acid that controls feelings of fear and anxiety, is another component produced in the gut. It’s known to reduce natural libido, causing a potential lull in sex drive. Keeping the gut microbiome well-fed with good gut bacteria supports the production of serotonin by ensuring good bacteria (and your mood) are in positive balance. Let’s GUT it on.
3. Improve Sleep Quality
Microbes in the gut produce 400x more melatonin (sleep hormone) than the pineal gland. Melatonin production is key to regulating the natural sleep-wake cycle (a.k.a. The circadian rhythm). So if your gut health is a little off, it might be harder to drift off.
Gut bacteria affect the sleep-wake cycle and all biological functions. At night, your cortisol (the stress hormone) levels should be at their lowest for good-quality sleep. When you’re having gut issues, this can cause inflammation in the body and make cortisol levels spike. We formulated DEBLOAT+ with 17 digestive enzymes to ease digestion fast, plus ginger, turmeric and cinnamon to ease gas and cramps by calming inflammation.
4. Build Strong Immunity
Our immune systems are a complex web of cells that protect the body from infection. Its main job is to protect from infection, prevent illness and remove excess fluid from tissues to prevent toxin build-up.
Around 80% of the immune system lives in the gut, alongside trillions of bacteria that make up the gut microbiome. To ensure the immune system can function at an optimal level, the microbes that live there need to be well-fed. Pre- and probiotics are up to the task - feeding and fertilising the good bacteria to crowd out the pathogenic bacteria (the type that can lead to illness). We created a full routine for your modern-day medicine cabinet with IMMUNITY BOOST. A four-product set featuring PRE + PROBIOTIC to bolster your immune system from the inside out: starting with the gut.
Your gut has a lot of responsibilities, including your sex life. Read why a healthy gut is crucial to orgasm.