Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Gut and the Remedies.
We all worry about our wellbeing but rarely know that our gut health has an impact on our optimal general health. It might surprise you to know that your gut is home to more than a trillion microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and yeast. All the life forms in your gut are collectively referred to as the microbiome. Our body system can function efficiently only where there is a balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut.
A good balance of good bacteria plays a very crucial role in our wellbeing because they help our bodies to carry out the crucial functions such as flushing out toxins from our bodies conversion of food into energy, improve immunity and generate the brain chemical known as serotonin that boost our mood.
However, if harmful bacteria should over run the good bacteria then you will be exposed to a series of physical and mental health problems. The good news is that the body gives you warning signs whenever your microbiome is under attack from the bad bacteria.
It is important for one to know the signs that manifest an unhealthy gut so that one can take the necessary measures to avoid a health crisis. The signs of of an unhealthy gut and the remedies for restoring the good balance are:
- Skin Problems: The skin can reflect the situation subsisting in your gut. If you are experiencing common conditions such as acne, rashes and eczema that appear unresponsive to you usual skin care routine or to your skin care regiment then the likely cause could be your unhealthy gut. Eating habits and food allergies can lead to a leaky gut that causes among other things breakouts and inflammations.
- Experiencing low immunity: Your gut health is linked to your immunity. An unhealthy gut increases your chances of frequent ailments due to lowered immunity caused by an imbalance in your gut.
- Weight Issues: A healthy gut facilitates the proper absorption of nutrients and regulation of blood sugar levels for proper body function. The bad bacteria in our guts can easily interfere with the body’s ability of carrying out these essential functions and these can lead to one experiencing body weight variations that cannot be attributed to dietary or exercise changes.
- Sweet tooth: An imbalance between the good and bad bacteria can cause someone to develop craving for sugary products. Consumption of large amounts of sugar leads to overgrowth of bad bacteria which will in turn activate the desire for more sugar and one will be caught up in the vicious circle of sugar consumptions and depletion of good bacteria in the gut.
- General Stomach upsets: Bloating can be an indicator of trouble brewing within your gut system. One can also experience various symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea. Bouts of bad breath has also been linked to unhealthy gut.
- Frequent headaches: Bad bacteria can cause frequent bouts of headaches or migraines and can also lead to one generally feeling foggy. fogginess is usually caused by food intolerance due to an unhealthy gut.
- Poor mood and sleep: Your gut health has an impact on your mood and quality sleep. Poor mood and restless sleep patterns are some of the complications that arise due to poor gut health.
- Mental Illness: Whenever there is overgrowth of bad bacteria there is inflammation of the gut. The inflammation combined with the bad bacteria overgrowth has been linked to mental issues such as anxiety and mild depression.
- Food Intolerances: The low amount of good bacteria in your gut can cause one to develop sudden food intolerance where the body rejects a particular food type that had never caused any problems before and one ends up experiencing bloating, diarrhea and gas.
How to improve your gut health
If you have experienced any of the above warning signs, then you need to focus more on your gut health by incorporating some remedial measures such as:
- Avoid unnecessary Use of antibiotics. Antibiotics tends to affect the microbe balance in your gut. Also avoid secondary consumption of antibiotics through consumption of poultry products sourced from intense farming sectors that utilizes large amounts of antibiotics in its breeding process.
- Increase your intake of probiotics. The good sources of probiotics are fermented products such as yogurt, kombucha , kefir and kimchi. These will introduce more friendly bacteria into your gut.
- Increase your intake of prebiotics. Prebiotics are foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut. The good sources of prebiotics are High-fiber fruits, vegetables, legumes whole-grains and nuts. You can also source for high quality prebiotics from resistant starches such as cooked, cooled and reheated potatoes, pasta and rice and uncooked oats.
- Limit your intake of highly processed or refined foods such as sugar, white bread and white rice. Instead strive to increase your intake of whole-grain foods such as lentils, whole wheat, oats, millet, sorghum, brown rice and corn etc. Also add more fresh vegetables and fruits to your diet. Do not worry about the sugar in your fruits because sugar in a fruit comes packaged with quality fiber and this ensures that the sugars release into your system is controlled.
- Hydration. One can attain proper hydration by drinking good quality water or consuming foods that contain water such as watermelons. The body requires water to flush out toxins and to ease removal of waste from the body so as to create a healthier environment for your gut bacteria.
- Manage stress. Stress can cause an imbalance in your gut. Adopt stress management strategies such as meditation, exercise, good quality sleep of at least 7 hours for purposes of lowering your stress levels.
Instances where a visit to the doctor in required.
In the event the warning signs persists despite making changes to improve your gut health, then you may have to visit your doctor for further diagnosis.