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A healthy gut has a huge impact on your overall health. In addition to contributing to effective digestion, it can make for improved mood, a strong immune system, healthy sleep, heart and brain health, and more. There is an entire community of microorganisms living in your body, with the majority of them being in your digestive system.
Both good and bad bacteria live in your digestive tract, known as gut microbiota. By having good bacteria, you are limiting the bad bacteria that can grow and cause disease. A healthy amount of good bacteria leads to good health, while a large amount of bad bacteria can throw everything out of whack. So, how do you know if you have too much bad bacteria?
Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut
- Upset Stomach
Upset stomach is a major sign of an unhealthy gut. Included are symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, constipation, Halitosis (chronic bad breath) and heartburn. Sometimes, your stomach just doesn’t feel quite right. When you get the right balance of bacteria in your gut, your upset stomach and related symptoms should subside.
- Unintentional Weight Loss and Gain
When certain types of bacteria colonize in your small intestine, it can interfere with the absorption of fat, vitamins, and minerals. This can lead to unintentional weight loss and gain. This is a condition called small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO. Your gut flora helps to regulate metabolism, which can also lead to losing or gaining weight.
- Food Intolerances or Sensitivities
A food intolerance is when you have trouble digesting certain foods. A food intolerance can result in gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain. Recently, food intolerances have been linked to an abundance of bad bacteria in the gut. It is also thought that there is a link between poor gut health and food allergies.
- Skin Irritation
When there is an imbalance in gut bacteria, skin irritation can occur. This can include acne, rashes and eczema, which is a chronic condition. Food allergies or poor diet can lead to your gut being inflamed. This is turn can lead to leaky gut syndrome, which can cause skin conditions.
- Constant Fatigue, Depression and Sleep Disturbances
Serotonin is a hormone that is mostly produced in your gut. If you have an unhealthy gut, that can affect serotonin production, thus affecting your sleep. This can include insomnia and poor sleep in general, which can then turn into chronic fatigue. You might also experience symptoms of fibromyalgia with an imbalanced gut. The state of your gut health may impact your mental health as well. The gut is filled with a large amount of nerve endings that connect to brain, known as the gut-brain axis. It has been suggested that there is a link between gut bacteria and psychiatric illnesses like anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly in light of the fact that there are many receptors for the neurotransmitter serotonin in the gut.
Some Key Facts:
- When the microbes in your gut are out of balance, your body can’t absorb nutrients the way it should. The result of this is inflammation, the root of almost every chronic disease.
- Gut health and gut bacteria are the most overlooked elements of hormonal balance (includes menopause, thyroid issues, estrogen excess).
- The microbiome is now considered an endocrine organ, some consider it even more powerful than the other endocrine glands – it controls the production and inhibit or support hormonal balance.
- You can’t get far in your healing if you don’t fix the gut microbiome.
- There is a direct correlation between the gut microbiome and depression.
- The gut bacteria impact estrogens (hint: the gut produces all three estrogens), promotes the levels of estriol (aka E3, the protective estrogen) and helps with reducing symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis.
- Progesterone is also produced in the micro biome which then signals when and how much to produce.
- Menopause – the microbiome (and sporebiotics) can help produce estriol (E3) which alleviates menopause symptoms.
- One dose of broad spectrum antibiotics can decrease the gut bacteria by up to 90%! Megasporebiotics help with the re-growth of the positive bacteria (take Megasporebiotics if you must take antibiotics).
- Bottom line: The key to balanced hormones is a healthy gut with a wide range of bacterial microflora
Gut Wellness includes full gut health labs and a consultation to determine the state of your gut. We will work with you to get your gut health where it needs to be. The healthier the gut, the healthier the body.
Heal your gut therefore heal your hormones and brain