Signs of an Unhealthy Gut And Why It Matters
What is the gut microbiome?
The term “gut microbiome” refers specifically to the microorganisms living in your intestines. A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract! While some microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary to a healthy body.
According to Dr. E. M. Quigley in his study Trusted Source on gut bacteria in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, having a wide variety of these good bacteria in your gut can enhance your immune system function, improve symptoms of depression, help combat obesity, and provide numerous other benefits such as:
- Helping you obtain energy from the food you eat
- Get rid of toxins
- Fight harmful viruses and bacteria
- Produce the mood-boosting brain chemical serotonin
There is incredible complexity to the gut and its importance to our overall health is becoming more known. A healthy gut is key to healthy living.
Signs of poor gut health
When your body doesn’t have enough good bacteria, bad bacteria can thrive and it can also severely impact your mood and motivation! The following are just a few signs of poor gut health:
- Autoimmune problems, such as thyroid issues, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes
- Sugar cravings
- Digestive issues, such as bloating, IBS, heartburn and more
- Sleep issues
- Unexplained fatigue or sluggishness and mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
How to improve your gut health
To improve your gut health:
Consume natural sources of probiotics. This means plain yogurt, kefir, and kombucha. These natural sources all contain helpful bacteria from the fermentation process. Plain yogurt is a popular choice for many as they can eat in the morning with some fresh berries. Plus our LIVology Cleanse has probiotics in it too! All ways in aiding to a healthy gut.
Cut back on processed foods. A good tip is if you can’t understand or pronounce the ingredients, stay away from it! Don’t fall for the tall tales that processed foods have added vitamins or nutrients. Eat what humans have been eating for thousands of years. There’s a reason why vegetables and fruits have been the main food components for humans!!
Eat prebiotics. Many high-fiber vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are prebiotics, which serve as “food” for good bacteria in the body. Some examples of food that have good bacteria are apples, bananas, corn, garlic, onions, and lentils to name a few! If you prefer drinking your prebiotics you’re in luck! Our LIVology Detox Tea has prebiotics in it with the added benefits of cleansing your systems of toxins too!
Stay hydrated. Water is vital to us and our organs, Seriously what can’t water do?! Add some fruit to your water to give it a bit of sweetness if you miss sugary drinks!
When to see a doctor about your gut health
If you have any of the poor gut health symptoms mentioned above, talk to your doctor. Your annual physical is a good time to check in with your provider about your gut health and bowel habits to ensure everything is working correctly. The tips above are great to do either way as you make these long-term health changes for a healthier and happier you!
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