The intestine is an essential component of the human digestive system. It ensures that the body absorbs various nutrients necessary for good health. When the gut is functioning properly, there is a healthy balance of bacteria that helps your body process and get energy from the food you eat, eliminate toxins, fight disease, and improve your mood.
However, our unhealthy lifestyle and food choices often lead to poor gut health. Many factors influence gut health, leading to symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, loose stools, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Additionally, your gut health can influence your mood and overall sense of well-being.
You are not alone if you have digestive issues. Almost everyone has had an upset stomach at some point in their life. But how do you know if your overall “gut” health is good or bad?
Some common indicators are listed below:
Intolerance to certain foods: Food intolerances can be caused by a lack of good bacteria in the gut. If you have difficulty digesting certain foods, you may have a food intolerance. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain are some of the symptoms.
Increased skin irritation: Inflammation of the intestine caused by a poor diet or food allergies can cause certain proteins to leak into the intestine, which can irritate the skin and lead to eczema.
Sleep disorder in general: An unhealthy gut is often responsible for not allowing you to sleep well. Bacteria or inflammation interfere with your sleep patterns. Insomnia from an unhealthy gut can lead to fatigue. So if you have bacteria or inflammation in your gut, your sleep may be affected.
Headache: There could be a link between headaches and gut health, especially if you experience nausea or vomiting when you have a migraine.
Health problems: Health problems like thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases can be triggered by certain “bad” gut bacteria. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, it might be time for you to see a doctor. Some suggestions to improve an unhealthy gut are mentioned below:
To improve your gut health:
- Avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics.
- Consume probiotics.
- Change your diet.
- Reduce stress.
- Regular exercise.
- Stay hydrated.
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