Once you’ve identified the signs to look for, you can make a plan to get your gut back on track. The gut is said to be the second brain of the body and when the gut is unhealthy, the whole body can suffer. To understand why this happens, you first need to know how a healthy gut works.
Signs of good gut health
Your digestive system begins in the mouth and ends at the anus. Its role is to absorb and digest food, absorb nutrients, and expel residual waste. But how do you know if it works well? A healthy bowel usually works properly when you have a bowel movement once or twice a day, and your stools are well-formed and easy to pass. Daily bowel movements should be free of symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and loose stools. Other signs of bowel health are 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 are not reacting to food or external inputs such as stress or environmental factors. You are also less likely to develop conditions such as skin disorders, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory reactions, and other health problems.
Common signs of an unhealthy gut
On the other hand, an unhealthy gut can be associated with various symptoms throughout the body, including:
1 stomach upset
If your stomach is frequently upset with symptoms such as gas, bloating and abdominal pain, these could be signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common condition that affects the large intestine. A review published in July 2018 in the journal F1000 Research suggested that imbalances in gut bacteria, called dysbiosis, may play a role in the development of irritable bowel syndrome in some people.
A study published in April 2017 in the Journal of Microbiome found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome may have imbalances in the gut microbiome, which is made up of bacteria, microorganisms, fungi, and viruses found in the digestive tract. Researchers also found that nearly half of people who experience fatigue also have irritable bowel syndrome.
Eating a lot of sugar can lead to the spread of “bad” bacteria in the gut and dysbiosis. Research published in August 2014 in the journal Bioessays suggested that one way to change eating habits is to change what’s in the microbiome.
4 unintended changes in weight
Research has found differences in the gut microbiome of lean and obese people. A study published in July 2016 in Nutrition Today suggested that a Western diet rich in refined fats and carbohydrates may boost the gut bacteria associated with obesity.
5 skin irritation
Research has also shown a link between an unhealthy gut and skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. A review published in July 2018 in Frontiers in Microbiology states that the gut microbiome affects the skin through complex immune mechanisms and that probiotics and prebiotics can help balance the gut and thus prevent or treat these inflammatory skin conditions.
Another review published in July 2018 in Frontiers in Microbiology found that an unhealthy gut can play a complex role in allergic conditions, including respiratory allergies, food allergies, and skin allergies. Thus, the gut microbiome can affect nutrition, skin, and even the lungs.
7 autoimmune diseases
Une étude publiée en août 2018 dans la revue Clinical & Experimental Immunology a montré qu’une bactérie intestinale particulière, appelée Bacteroides fragilis, produit une protéine qui peut déclencher l’apparitions de la use cé laiteulite com conditions Multiple Sclerosis.
8 mood issues
There is a well-documented relationship between the gut and the brain, and the influence of the gut may also extend to your mood. In fact, intestinal upsets and inflammation of the central nervous system can be potential causes of anxiety and depression, and probiotics can help treat these conditions.
A study published in February 2020 in The Journal of Headache and Pain found that although the link isn’t entirely clear, the connection between the gut and the brain may also influence migraines. The review also found a link between migraines and other conditions related to gut health, including IBS.
How to balance gut health
If you have any of these various symptoms, it is best to see a doctor to determine if your symptoms are caused by an unhealthy gut or other factors. From there, you can also consult a naturopathic therapist who specializes in gut health.
Your naturopath may choose to put you on a specialized diet or run tests to see if you have any food triggers or sensitivities that could be causing your gut to malfunction. The first step in treating the gut is to identify and eliminate the offending foods. If you stop eating food that affects the intestinal lining, it can give your digestive system a break and give it a chance to recover.
Physical therapy can also help you determine if you have bacterial overgrowth, yeast or parasites that are affecting the health of your gut. From there, he’ll likely recommend the right foods and supplements that can help repair your gut, including probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, glutamine, fish oil, and more.
It can also help you change your lifestyle. Balancing other healthy aspects can restore your gut to optimal functioning. For example, it is amazing how stress plays a role in digestion as well as sleep.
* Presse Santé strives to impart medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In no way can the information provided replace medical advice.
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