You may not know this but there are trillions of bacteria in your intestinal system, which play a major role in keeping you healthy from a cardiovascular point of view. You can ask medical experts about the latest trends in the world of health research and chances are that they would talk about microbiome. As has been said already, there are trillions of such organisms in our system and they are referred to as human microbiota. Most of these bacteria, fungi, and viruses are located within the innermost depth of our intestines. They help you with digestion, create a number of nutrients in your body, and also release certain substances in your body that can have a wide array of effects on your overall health.
Experts say that the relation between the microbes located in our intestines and majority of the other systems of our body such as the vascular, endocrine, nervous, and immune systems is quite a complex one. It goes without saying that all these interactions are highly important as far as our overall cardiovascular health is concerned.
It is normal that what we eat goes a long way in determining how the microbial system in our gut is composed.
The scientific circle is still learning more regarding the substances that these microbes release – they are referred to as metabolites. Doctors say that they do play a big role on our risk levels with regards to a number of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases to name a few. The most well-known among these gut metabolites is trimethylamine (TMA). They are normally created when gut microbes are able to feed on choline, a nutrient that is normally found in foods such as red meat, fish, eggs, and poultry. In your liver, TMA gets changed to trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO).
This is one substance that has a pretty strong connection to a plaque that can clog your arteries and lead to atherosclerosis. In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart during 2017, the researchers looked at findings from 19 studies. Here they tried to find out if the levels of TMAO in your body were connected to major cardiovascular issues such as strokes and heart attacks or not. It was seen that people with high TMAO levels in their body had a 62 percent higher chance of facing such issues than ones with the lowest levels.
It is said that both in sickness as well as in health the way to your heart would be through your stomach. As has been said already, there are trillions of microbes in your intestines that are normally friendly and quite diverse in nature. There are various other parts of our body where you would find these organisms as well. However, the question that needs to be asked over here is that why there are so many such organisms in that particular area of our body. It can be said that the gut is teeming with them.
The gut is one area of our body that has access to our bloodstream apart from the food that we eat on a daily basis. It also has a lot of different kinds of alkaline and acidic elements. This is the reason why the gut happens to be such an ideal location for all these organisms. Research has shown that these microbial elements are now influencing your heart health in various ways that were not known of earlier. Scientists are still learning as to how this can happen. Experts say one way in which it is possible is when the microbiome creates molecules that ultimately get mixed in our bloodstream and thus have an effect on various aspects of the same.
It can be said for sure that the conditions of our hearts are mostly unique and much of this is because of how these microbes are functioning. In fact, the way you take a meal can be differentiated on the basis of the microbial composition of your gut. A number of genetic studies done on a huge scale have shown that our genes influence only around 15 percent of the cardiovascular risk that we are exposed to. The rest of it all depends on our environmental exposure and our food happens to make up the biggest slice of the same.
This means that you need to be very careful with what you eat if you wish to keep your gut, heart, and overall health in fine fettle. Try going green!