Contributed by; Rachana Arya
Most people are unaware of the importance of gut health and how it can improve your overall health by warding off the propensity to develop certain diseases.
Your gut is the foundation of the digestive system. It ensures that the body gets the nutrients to stay healthy.
Numerous studies in the past two decades have demonstrated links between gut health and your overall sense of well-being.
A healthy gut helps your body by increasing the uptake of nutrients into cells, training the immune system, clearing toxins, reducing inflammation, and synthesizing enzymes needed for gut nutrient processing.
Because of the vital function, the gut plays in our overall health and how it communicates with the brain, keeping it in good health is desirable and advantageous to your overall well-being.
So, what is a healthy gut?
When there are more ‘good’ gut bacteria than ‘bad’ gut bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, the gut microbiome is considered healthy.
Your body won’t be able to fight infections efficiently if you have too many ‘bad’ gut bacteria.
In fact, studies have shown that gut microbiota plays a crucial role in immunity, which necessarily means that if your gut isn’t healthy, then your immune system and hormones won’t be able to respond to infections and immune challenges.
How does gut imbalance affect the body?
Cross-sectional studies have shown some evidence that both short-and long-term unhealthy lifestyle factors and dietary choices can all damage your gut microbiome.
This in turn may affect other aspects of our health, triggering inflammation, allergies, and even autoimmune illnesses.
Furthermore, an unhealthy gut can have a negative impact on mental health, leading to anxiety and sadness.
But how do you know if your overall gut health is good or bad? In this blog, we talk about the symptoms that indicate you have one.
Persistent upset stomach pain or other stomach disturbances like difficulty digesting certain foods, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, and heartburn can all be signs of an unhealthy gut.
There is some evidence that food allergies and food intolerances may also be due to a lack of good bacteria in the gut. A balanced gut will have less difficulty in processing food and eliminating any toxins or waste material.
An unhealthy gut may be the culprit for sleep-related disorders. The gut produces the majority of the body’s serotonin, a hormone that plays a key role in such body functions as mood and sleep.
As a result, gastrointestinal damage might make it difficult to sleep comfortably, which can leave you feeling exhausted and fatigued.
If you’re struggling with persistent or severe insomnia, it’s essential to talk to your doctor, so as to rule out any underlying medical conditions and help you find ways to improve your gut health.
Always feeling tired
The gut is responsible for breaking down food and extracting nutrients. An imbalance in gut bacteria composition has been linked to fatigue and other health problems.
There is growing evidence that imbalances in the gut can hamper the ability of your body to absorb the necessary nutrients to function.
This malabsorption of essential vitamins and minerals from food may lead to fatigue. If you are constantly tired no matter what you do, it’s worth looking into your gut health.
According to research, abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria are related to the development of autoimmune diseases.
A sickness in which the body becomes confused and attacks itself is known as an autoimmune disorder.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Type 1 diabetes, and celiac disease have all been related to bad gut bacteria.
Sudden changes in weight
If you notice a rapid unintentional shift in your weight, especially if it is an unexpected loss or gain, it could be due to unfavourable gut bacteria.
An unbalanced stomach can interfere with the body’s capacity to retain fat, absorb nutrients, and regulate blood sugar, resulting in weight gain or reduction.
Following decades of research, it is strongly recommended that you pay more attention to your gut health in order to improve your general health and reduce your risk of developing certain diseases.
If you suspect your gut microbiome is off-balance or you experience any gut symptoms mentioned above, you should see a gastroenterologist.
It’s also highly recommended to take regular stomach tests to keep a check on your digestive health, especially if you experience the symptoms of an unhealthy stomach, frequently.
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