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9 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Gut.

The gut is said to be the body’s second brain. When you have an unhealthy gut, it can affect your entire body. To understand why this happens, it helps to know how a intestine is supposed to function properly.

What is good gut health?

Your GI tract starts with your mouth and ends with your anus. Its function is to absorb food, digest it, absorb nutrients and expel the remaining waste products. But how do you know if it works?

In general, a healthy intestine works well when you have a bowel movement once or twice a day, with well-formed stools that are easy to pass. These daily bowel movements should be free of symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, and loose stools. Other signs of a healthy gut include the absence of rectal symptoms such as hemorrhoids and abdominal symptoms such as gas, bloating, and abdominal pain.

In other words, the gut just works. With a well-functioning digestive system, you don’t react to food or external inputs like stress or environmental factors. It is also less susceptible to diseases such as skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory reactions, and other health problems.

9 Common Signs of an Unhealthy Gut

An unhealthy gut can be linked to a variety of symptoms throughout the body, including:

1 Stomach pain and discomfort

If you frequently feel upset stomach with symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal pain, these may be signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is a common condition that affects the large intestine. Imbalances in gut bacteria, called dysbiosis, may play a role in the development of IBS in some people.

2 Fatigue

A study published in April 2017 in the journal Microbiome showed that people with chronic fatigue syndrome may have imbalances in the gut microbiome. It normally consists of bacteria, microorganisms, fungi and viruses present in the digestive tract. Half of people with fatigue also have IBS.

3 cravings

Eating too much sugar can lead to a large number of “bad” bacteria in the gut and dysbiosis. One way to change your eating habits is to alter what’s in your microbiome.

4 unwanted weight changes

Research has revealed differences in the gut microbiomes of lean and obese people. A study published in July 2016 in the journal Nutrition Today suggests that a Western-style diet high in fat and refined carbohydrates may promote gut bacteria linked to obesity.

5 Skin irritation

Research has also shown a link between an unhealthy gut and skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. A review published in July 2018 in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology showed that the gut microbiome influences the skin through complex immunological mechanisms. Probiotics and prebiotics can help balance the intestine and thus prevent or treat these inflammatory skin problems.

6 allergies

Another review published in July 2018 in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology found that an unhealthy gut can play a complex role in allergic conditions, including respiratory allergies, food allergies, and skin allergies. Therefore, the gut microbiome can influence nutrition, skin, and even the lungs.

7 autoimmune diseases

A study published in August 2018 in the journal Clinical & Experimental Immunology showed that a particular gut bacteria, called Bacteroides fragilis, produces a specific protein. It can trigger the onset of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and multiple sclerosis.

8 mood problems

There is a well-documented link between the gut and the brain. The influence of the gut can also extend to your mood. A study published in September 2017 in the journal Clinics and Practice found that intestinal disorders and central nervous system inflammation may be potential causes of anxiety and depression, and that probiotics may help treat these conditions.

9 migraines

The gut-brain connection can also affect migraines. There is also a link between migraines and other conditions related to gut health, including IBS.

How to balance your gut health

Do you have any of these different symptoms? It’s best to get checked out by a doctor to determine if your symptoms are due to an unhealthy gut or other factors. From there, you can also see a doctor or naturopath who specializes in gut health. The first step to healing the gut is to identify and eliminate offending foods and restore healthy gut flora. If you stop eating the foods that affect the intestinal wall, you can give it a chance to heal.

From there, a naturopath will likely recommend appropriate foods and supplements that can help repair your gut, including probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, glutamine, fish oil, and more.

It may also be helpful to look at your lifestyle habits. Balancing other aspects of health can keep your gut working optimally. For example, taking stock of your stress or your quality of sleep.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information provided can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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