As time goes by, we’re seeing more and more studies emerging on the importance of gut health and the vital role that optimal gut function plays in our physical and mental wellbeing.
So let’s look at some of the warning signs of an unhealthy gut and a few ways you can create a thriving gut microbiome and improve your gut health…
Warning Signs of An Unhealthy Gut
An imbalance of bad gut bacteria can manifest in several ways; sometimes, these occur individually or sometimes all together. Here are some of the tell-tale signs of an unhealthy gut:
This is the most prominent sign of an unhealthy gut. Issues like IBS, bloating, and food intolerances can all be linked to an imbalance in the gut microbiome.
Fatigue & insomnia
Your gut is in constant communication with your brain, and so if you’re having trouble sleeping at night or feeling tired and sluggish during the day, you can look to rebalancing your gut bacteria for some support.
Moodiness & depression
About 95% of serotonin (the hormone responsible for making you feel happy) resides in the gut, and bad gut bacteria can cut the production and flow of serotonin to the brain.
You keep getting sick
Studies from Stanford show that people with a lower level of good gut bacteria (usually from taking antibiotics) showed a slower immune response to the flu vaccination.
Acne, recurrent psoriasis, and hives are some of the skin conditions that point to an imbalance in the gut.
Once you learn how to support a healthy gut microbiome through diet and see the impact of this in your day-to-day life, there is no looking back.
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Feeding good gut bacteria
The good news is that there are a few reliable ways to combat some of these issues and ensure your gut is packed with good gut bacteria. Here are some of them:
- Reduce your intake of processed sugar and fats, which feed bad gut bacteria.
- Eat a varied, plant-rich diet to support a diverse microbiota that ensures the growth of good, disease-fighting gut bacteria.
- Only take antibiotics when it’s unavoidable; antibiotics are the sworn enemy of good gut bacteria and are the top cause of gut health problems.
- Eat fermented foods like kimchi, yogurt, and kefir. They are packed with specific gut bacteria that fight off inflammation and several chronic diseases.
- Eat rich prebiotic foods such as those found in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. You can also take a supplement to feed your good bacteria.
- Consider taking a probiotic, which helps restore balance to an unhealthy gut.
Hey Joyfreshers? Are you suffering from any of the above and suspect your gut health may be a cause? What do you do to fix an unhealthy gut? Share with us below