Your gut health is essential, and there are signs that you can look for to determine if your gut is unhealthy. In addition, the gut is also known as the “second brain”. Besides playing a significant role in digestion and overall health, it is also important for your neurotransmitters and mood.
Here are some signs that your gut may be unhealthy.
If you’re experiencing gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, it may signify that something is wrong with your gut.
Food Allergies or Sensitivities
A sensitivity to certain foods can signify an unhealthy gut. Foods that tend to cause sensitivities include gluten, dairy, and soy.
Poor Immune Function
If you’re frequently sick or have autoimmune conditions, it may mean that your gut is not functioning correctly.
Weight Gain or Difficulty Losing Weight
If you’re having trouble losing weight—or worse, gaining weight—then that can be a serious sign that your gut is unhealthy.
If you are struggling with cravings, it could mean that your gut bacteria is imbalanced or you may have a bad bacteria overgrowth.
A healthy gut helps keep cravings at bay (including sugar cravings), ensures regularity and healthy digestion, and keeps your body from holding onto toxins, which are vital to any healthy lifestyle.
If your gut and the gut bacteria aren’t working right, you’ll have a much harder time maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The good news is, that by making minor changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can help keep these little guys happy and healthy!
Simple changes will make you feel better and help your overall health.
Let’s talk about what you can do to improve your gut health.
For starters, take a look at the amount of sugar in your diet.
Excess sugar can cause a problem for your gut bacteria since they cannot process it properly. So cutting back on sugar will give them more time to do other good stuff for you!
Next, think about how much water you’re drinking.
A dehydrated gut is unhappy, so make sure you’re getting enough water every day!
Then, increase fiber to each meal.
The average American eats under 10 g of fiber a day. A healthy adult should eat around 30-35 g of fiber daily to help support optimal gut health.
And finally, try adding probiotics to your diet through foods like yogurt or kombucha.
Probiotics are great for your digestion and help build and grow your good bacteria!
In conclusion, there are many signs of an unhealthy gut. If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is essential to see a doctor and get checked out.
There could be an underlying issue that is causing your gut health to suffer and by following a healthy diet and taking probiotics, you can help keep your gut healthy and functioning correctly.
If you’d like to know more about gut health, I would be happy to share my knowledge gained through 2 different digestive certifications.
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