The gut is considered the second brain of the body. If you have an unhealthy gut, it can affect your whole body. To understand why this happens, it helps to know how a gut is supposed to function properly.
What is good gut health
Your gastrointestinal tract begins with your mouth and ends with your anus. Its job is to take in food, digest it, absorb nutrients and excrete any remaining waste products. But how do you know if it works?
A healthy gut usually works well when you have a bowel movement once or twice a day, with well-formed and easy-to-pass stools. This daily bowel movement should be free of symptoms such as 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 are unresponsive to food or external influences such as stress or environmental factors. They are also less prone to diseases like skin disorders, 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 your stomach is upset frequently with symptoms like bloating, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain, these can be signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is a common condition that affects the colon. Imbalances in the gut bacteria, called dysbiosis, may play a role in the development of IBS in some people.
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 is usually made up of bacteria, microorganisms, fungi and viruses that are present in the digestive tract. Half of people with fatigue also have IBS.
Eating too much sugar can lead to an abundance of “bad” bacteria in the gut and dysbiosis. One way to change your eating habits is to change the microbiome.
4 Unintended weight changes
Research has uncovered differences in the gut microbiome of lean and obese people. A July 2016 study published in the journal Nutrition Today suggests that a Western-style diet high in fat and refined carbohydrates may promote obesity-related gut bacteria.
5 skin irritation
Research has also shown a link between an unhealthy gut and skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema. A July 2018 review published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology showed that the gut microbiome affects the skin through complex immune mechanisms. Probiotics and prebiotics can help balance the gut and thus prevent or treat these inflammatory skin problems.
Another review published in Frontiers in Microbiology in July 2018 found that an unhealthy gut can play a complex role in allergic diseases, including respiratory allergies, food allergies, and skin allergies. For example, the gut microbiome can affect nutrition, the skin, and even the lungs.
7 autoimmune diseases
A study published in August 2018 in the journal Clinical & Experimental Immunology showed that a specific gut bacterium 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 connection between the gut and the brain. The gut’s influence can also extend to your mood. A September 2017 study published in the journal Clinics and Practice found that gut disorders and central nervous system inflammation are potential causes of anxiety and depression, and that probiotics may help treat these conditions.
The connection between the gut and the brain can also have an impact on migraines. There is also a link between migraines and other disorders related to gut health, including irritable bowel syndrome.
How to balance your gut health
Do you have any of these different symptoms? It’s best to have a doctor examine you to determine if your symptoms are due to an unhealthy gut or other factors. From there you can also consult a doctor or naturopath who specializes in intestinal health. The very first step in healing the gut is to identify and eliminate the offending foods and restore a healthy gut flora. Stopping eating the foods that affect the intestinal wall can give you a chance to heal.
From there, a naturopath will likely recommend appropriate foods and supplements that may help repair your gut, including probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, glutamine, fish oil, and more.
A look at your lifestyle can also be helpful. Balancing other aspects of health allows your gut to function optimally. For example, by taking stock of your stress or your sleep quality.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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