Your gut health is so important, 60-80 percent of your immune system lives inside your gut. The gut is a complex, evenly balanced system of good and bad bacteria. An imbalance in gut health has been linked to many conditions such as diabetes, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune diseases, anxiety and depression and even skin-related issues, such as eczema and rosacea. Gut health can be affected by lifestyle, lack of sleep, processed foods, antibiotics and every day stress.
7 SIGNS OF AN UNHEALTHY GUT
pain or cramps in your abdomen, burping, passing gas, an obvious sign in the size of your abdomen,
- ACID REFLUX
occurs when stomach acid flows back up the wind pipe creating a burning sensation known as heartburn.
- ANXIETY and DEPRESSION
there are links between gut and brain health, and how inflammation in your gut can negatively effect your mood
- AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES
there is growing evidence that increased intestinal permeability plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases including celiac disease and type 1 diabetes.
- FOOD ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES
difficulty digesting certain foods such as gluten or dairy.
- SKIN CONDITIONS
conditions such as eczema are related to a damaged gut microbiome.
- WEIGHT CHANGES
An imbalanced gut can impair your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, regulate blood sugar, and store fat.
7 WAYS TO IMPROVE GUT HEALTH
- Get plenty of sleep
- Lower stress levels
- Take a prebiotic or probiotic
- Change your diet
- Check for food intolerances
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid artificial sweetners and sugar
There are some great meal plans available to improve your gut health such as The Clever Guts Diet which includes 150 recipe ideas to suit.The Clever Guts Diet
In July, I started taking a gut health powder (Ancient and Wild Organics) daily and my anxiety has virtually disappeared :O !!! Listen to your gut, it may be trying to tell you something 😉