9 signs you have an unhealthy gut and what to do about it…
October 04, 20225 min read
Your entire digestive tract runs from your esophagus to your rectum. If your gut is healthy, you have a proper balance of good and bad bacteria, your stomach secretes the right amount of acid to help process your food, and your liver and pancreas release the right enzymes to further digest your food.
The right balance of what you eat feeds your body. It also feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut that allow your food to be used effectively by the body.
If your gut is healthy, your body and mind probably are too.
Signs that you have an unhealthy gut can be obvious symptoms like digestive distress, bowel movement problems, and abdominal pain which can all signal that something is unhealthy in your gut. However, other physical, emotional and mental warning signs can signal that your gut needs some serious TLC.
1.Stress, Anxiety and Depression Your intestines also release the same feel-good neurotransmitters that are responsible for making you feel good. If your gut bacteria is in balance, you’re more likely to feel mentally balanced too.
2.You Get Sick a Lot If you find that you catch every sniffle that goes around the office, all the vitamin C in the world may not help. According to the Gut Health Project, more than three-quarters of your immune system is found in your gastrointestinal tract. A healthy microbiome, the balance of bacteria in your gut, produces healthy mucus that traps unwanted bacteria, viruses and toxins and helps remove them from the body.
Healthy mucus also allows your body to absorb the right vitamins and minerals to help support your immunity.
If your gut is unhealthy, thick, harmful mucus can help the wrong bugs thrive and limit your body’s ability to use vitamins and nutrients properly, leading to what may seem like constant sickness.
3.Skin Problems Skin experts refer to a gut-brain-skin axis that explains how gut health affects inflammation throughout the body, which in turn affects the skin. The health of your skin can be representative of how your body regulates stress and how well your immune system is functioning. Emerging research of the importance of gut microbiota and its influence on the health of skin has been cause for the development of two specialized fields known as psychodermatology and neurodermatology. Many links have been made to the imbalance of the gut with sever cases of acne and other skin disorders.
4.Stubborn Weight If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it may be due to an unhealthy gut. People who are overweight or obese have a different balance of intestinal bacteria than people who are at a healthy weight. The balance of microbes that you have from birth can set the stage for your weight throughout your life.
The good news is that as overweight people lose weight, their gut becomes more balanced. Taking a probiotics supplement has also been shown to help with maintaining weight loss and food cravings.
5.Autoimmune Disease Gut health is being linked to autoimmune disease. Although experts aren’t sure exactly what causes all autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and lupus, they do know that they occur when your immune system attacks its own healthy cells. A balanced microbiome usually means a balanced immune system.
6.Acid Reflux Frequent acid reflux is often caused by an unhealthy gut. Acid reflux, bloating, and burping are often caused by a build up of unhealthy bacteria in the GI tract and stomach.
7.Yeast Infections Yeast can grow out of control when your system is imbalanced. The imbalance in the gut can show up as digestive issues, fungal infections of the skin, constant fatigue or even fibromyalgia. This can also cause a condition known as candida.
8.Lack of Energy If you find it hard to dredge up any energy even when you’ve had enough sleep, you may have an unhealthy gut. An unhealthy balance of bacteria in the gut can prevent your body from absorbing the nutrients it needs from foods, leaving you tired all the time.
9.High Cholesterol and Triglycerides There are 34 microorganisms in the digestive tract that can influence the levels of fat in your blood. Researchers are also starting to find links between HDL, “good” cholesterol, and a higher biodiversity of gut bacteria.
How Can You Build a Healthy Gut? You might want to know what to do about your unhealthy gut. Maintaining a healthy gut involves making consistent healthy lifestyle choices, such as the following:
Eat whole, nutrient-rich foods – Eating a variety of clean, colorful foods provides your body with the nutrients that it needs to operate properly. Chemically processed foods often contain compounds that feed the bad bacteria and cause imbalance.
Eat less sugar – Sugar is another culprit that feeds the unhealthy bacteria. Eliminating it from your diet can help rebalance your intestinal microbiome.
Chew your food – When you don’t chew your food well enough, it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to in order to feed the healthy bacteia and promote healthy digestion.
Stay hydrated – Water is necessary for just about every bodily function, including maintaining a healthy gut.
Detox – Following a guided detoxification programme can eliminate many of the factors that are causing inflammation on a daily basis, giving your gut a chance to heal and rebalance itself. We recommend Gain Life Fast programmes by Nellie-B -Well.
Drink apple cider vinegar – Adding a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water can boost the amount of acid in your stomach, helping your digestion to function properly.
Consume more probiotics – Eating fermented foods or taking probiotic supplements can help restore the balance in your gut. Taking a good probiotic is the first place to start, whether you make any of the above changes or not. It will take time to heal your gut, so adding in a probiotic AND making some or all of the above changes is the quickest way to reboot your system.
Immunity Fuel founder, Damian Johansen explains that making healthy choices like taking a daily probiotic should be both easy and a regular part of your morning routine.
“Incorporating small improvements into your daily regime, such as Immunity Fuel, can result in longterm health benefits. Every small change is another small step on the way to your ultimate destination – a better, healthier and happier you!”
“Every day we lose good bacteria that is vital for healthy bodily functions and this is particularly the case in the gut. Taking a probiotic is one of the single most effective ways to ensure a healthy digestive system.”
“In an average day, we can come in to contact with so many toxins and chemicals,” explains Damian.
Immunity Fuel neutralises the damage this can cause. The good bacteria that it contains helps clean the digestive system and colon while the pre-digested whole-foods replace vital nutrients at a cellular level to flush out the bad toxins and create a healthy environment for the gut to work efficiently.
Available in gluten free, as well as regular, Immunity Fuel is completely natural no GMO, no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, making it an ideal all-in-one multivitamin & probiotic suitable for the whole family.
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