Gut health has emerged as one of the hottest topics in the health community, and recent studies have linked gut health to over 170 health conditions. Life-changing conditions like obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression can all be linked to poor gut health.
To understand “gut health,” we must first understand the gut!
The gut or gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms that live inside of us. These microorganisms, including bacteria, form an extensive ecosystem inside our bodies, referred to as the gut “microbiome.”
In our microbiome, we have both “good” and “bad” bacteria that both play a vital role in our overall health. It is critical to our gut health to maintain a healthy balance between the two. To be in good gut health we need at least 80% good vs. 20% bad.
Aside from basic digestion, the gut provides protection from infections, regulates our metabolism, produces 95% of our body’s serotonin and comprises up 75% of our immune system!
Bottom line: When your gut is healthy, then you are healthy… and vice versa!
This then leads us to a very important question:
If you experience or struggle with any of the following, it’s likely your gut is unbalanced and that you may be at risk:
1. Mood Swings, Anxiety & Depression
Do you suffer from mood swings, anxiety or even depression at times? Rebuilding the proper balance of healthy bacteria in your body will work to supercharge your mood and bring you back to happy days. 95% of the serotonin in your body is produced and found in your gut, so an imbalance can be to blame with changes in your mood.
2. Digestive Issues
This may be slightly taboo, but bowel movements tell us A LOT about our health. Did you know that the average person has 4-6 undigested meals inside their gut? Gross! Do you experience gas, bloating or indigestion after a meal? This is a sign that your gut is in serious trouble and you need to take action to rebuild a proper balance!
3. Skin Issues
Do you struggle with embarrassing skin conditions? Troublesome issues like acne, rosacea, psoriasis or eczema? It may seem counterintuitive but the first place our body begins to show signs of an unhealthy gut is on our skin. If you struggle with skin-related conditions, the first place you should look is your gut!
4. Weight Concerns
If you are not happy with the way your body looks and feels, you aren’t the only one! In a world where obesity for all ages is on the rise, an unhealthy gut can be to blame. The CDC estimates that 75% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, with 35% of those individuals being obese! Multiple studies have shown individuals who struggle with their weight have less diversity in their gut bacteria than individuals who do not struggle with weight. A good probiotic supplement can help re-balance and diversify your gut.
5. Fatigue & Energy Concerns
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If you wake up feeling groggy or suffer from that 3 o’clock curl up in a ball and quit feeling you are not alone! Did you know our digestion is one of the largest energy consumers in the body? If your gut is unbalanced and unhealthy, your body uses more energy to digest your foods—sending you into those sleepy crashes. Plus, if your gut is imbalanced your body struggles to absorb essential vitamins and minerals that energize you through the day. If you constantly feel rundown, rid yourself of the caffeine and focus on healing your gut!
6. Naughty Food Cravings
Do you crave junk food? Believe it or not, our gut bacteria can influence our eating habits! One of the biggest offenders we have is candida yeast (bad guy) and its favorite food source is sugar! Powerful cravings for super naughty foods that control your thoughts are a telltale sign that your gut isn’t right. If you find yourself succumbing to junk food you need to clean up your gut!
Doctors prescribe antibiotics to help fight infections and kill the bad bacteria in our bodies. The problem is, antibiotics cannot tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys so they kill both! Having a healthy balance of bacteria is critical, but so is the diversity of bacteria. Researchers estimate even one course of antibiotics can permanently alter your gut bacteria unless you take specific steps to repair and replenish your gut after antibiotics. Even if you’ve taken antibiotics only once, it’s time to start supplementing a probiotic immediately!
If you experience/struggle with any of the 7 telltale signs your gut is in danger, you should take our Gut Health Assessment now to determine if you are at risk for gut dysfunction.