Signs of an unhealthy GUT
Gut health is very critical for the overall health of a person. An unhealthy gut can contribute to a number of health issues such as diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, autoimmune conditions, sleep disturbances and constant fatigue and the list goes on.
Some of the most common signs or symptoms that you have an unhealthy gut are:
- Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrehoea, heartburn which is caused by the bacteria living inside your gut, intestines, stomach and colon. These bacteria are called ‘microbiome’ and symptoms such as bowel irregularity or gas occur when the balance of bacteria is not right. “The number and diversity, of the bacteria living inside your gut impact your overall health and wellness.” Gas in particular is a sign that food is fermenting in your gut as you have insufficient stomach acid or an imbalance of bacteria to break down the food you’ve eaten. A balanced gut will have less difficulty processing food and eliminating waste.
- High sugar diet or sugar cravings : diet that is rich in processed foods and added sugar decreases the amount of good bacteria in our gut. This imbalance causes increased sugar cravings which can further damage your gut. High amounts of refined sugars, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, have been linked to increased inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be the precursor to a number of diseases and even cancers. Scientists have found that gut bacteria actually secretes special proteins that are similar to hunger-regulating hormones; leptin and ghrelin. These proteins affect both our food cravings and mood. To sum it up, the bacteria try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on. So, if you eat a lot of sugar you feed the unhelpful bacteria that love it and they secrete the proteins to make you crave sugar more. To sum it up the bacteria try to make us eat the food that they can thrive on. Fixing your gut can eradicate the bacteria that causes you to crave these foods and overtime you can actually reduce these cravings.
- Food Allergies or Sensitivities :- Food intolerances such as Gluten or Dairy means that you have a leaky Gut. Our Gut acts as a barrier and decides what gets in and what stays out. If you have a leaky gut then the large protein molecules enter our blood streams and since it doesn’t belong there so our body mounts an immune response and attacks them. This immune response shows up as food intolerances.
- Depression, Anxiety & Mood swings :– part of the reason that the micro-nutrient deficiencies affects your mental health is a compromised gut. A compromised gut affects your ability to use ‘serotonin’ which is your happy hormone and vitamin D within your body. The majority of serotonin and half of your dopamine is made in your gut. If you have a leaky gut then your body will loose much of the serotonin and the dopamine that it produces. That’s the reason treating your gut is important for your mental health.
- Autoimmune conditions & suppressed immunity :- an unhealthy gut leads to inflammation and alter the proper functioning of immune system. This leads to autoimmune conditions , where the body attacks itself. You may also suffer from frequent illness and infections which are caused by a weakened or suppressed immune system. That’s the reason the connection between a leaky gut and autoimmune conditions is huge.