To stay healthy, we need to have a healthy gut, and this means so much more than just watching the foods we eat. Every day we are exposed and exposing ourselves to many different factors that can have a detrimental effect on the health of our gut.
If you do have digestive and gut issues, primarily it is always a good idea to see your doctor to check there are no underlying health problems causing this.
Here are some signs and symptoms you can look for when it comes to a stressed gut.
👉Gas and Bloating – Gas is a normal part of digestion and fermentation in the body; however, some strains of gut bacteria can produce more gas than others, trapping gas in the gut and creating varying degrees of bloating. When there is an imbalance in the gut these stomach discomforts can become more frequent and cause painful cramping in the abdomen.
👉Skin Problems – The bacteria in your gut directly influences the bacteria on your skin – so an imbalance can lead to things like acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
👉Stress – Your gut and brain are connected, so when the gut is stressed, this can contribute to feelings of anxiety and other mood disorders.
👉Fatigue – Having an unhealthy gut can disrupt sleep and leave your body feeling very tired. This can be more so due to the immune response from fighting unwanted substances slipping through the gut lining and into the bloodstream.
👉Nutrient Deficiencies – poor gut health can lead to malabsorption of vital micronutrients which then affect our hormonal balance.
👉Food Intolerances – suffering from intolerances to certain types of foods can be a sign of imbalanced gut bacteria. The gut is your gatekeeper and decides what goes in and out, but when it becomes compromised, unwanted substances and strains of protein slip through causing inflammation.
👉Diarrhoea/Constipation – Gut problems can go either way when it comes to going to the bathroom. Some experience chronic and acute diarrhoea due to bacteria overgrowth, while others may suffer from constipation due to low levels of bacteria.
Do you suffer from any of these digestive problems? Share your experience below. 👇