By: Nichelle Antoque, GutHack.Com
Many people underestimate gut health. However, gut health is critical for our overall well-being. Poor gut health can lead to major health issues such as autoimmune diseases, depression, chronic fatigue, diabetes, and obesity.
With our modern lifestyles, our gut health is deteriorating. A number of reasons that cause our gut health to deteriorate include lack of sleep, high-stress levels, processed foods, increased sugar intake, and medications. As a result of this, our gut health suffers along with our mental health, skin, cardiovascular health, immunity, and weight. We are even at a bigger risk of developing cancer. Let’s learn a bit more.
If you are uncertain about your gut health or suspect that you have an unhealthy gut, here are 7 common symptoms.
Weight Gain or Weight Loss
Unintentional weight changes are usually the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy gut. An unhealthy gut absorbs the nutrients that control our blood sugar levels and fat. If you have been gaining or losing weight and have made no changes to your diet or exercise routines, it could be signs of an unhealthy gut.
Skin problems like eczema are linked to an unhealthy gut. Inflammation in the gut that’s caused by food allergies or an unhealthy diet can cause the skin to become irritated. These reactions lead to various skin conditions.
Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn’s Disease, heartburn, and even heartburn are the number one signs of an unhealthy gut. If you have experienced any of these digestive issues frequently, then it’s highly likely that your gut is unhealthy.
Sugar Cravings and a High Sugar Diet
If you consume a lot of sugar or sugary foods on a daily basis, the sugar starts to destroy all the good bacteria in your gut. By consuming sugar in large doses, you are feeding the unhealthy bacteria in your gut. Harmful bacteria begin to thrive on this, further causing sugar cravings.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
Food intolerances can be caused by poor bacteria in the gut. Your gut and immune system can react negatively to certain foods which can also cause other symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain.
Mental Health Issues
An unhealthy gut can cause various mental health conditions, such as depression, stress, anxiety, and moodiness. This is due to the fact that your body is unable to absorb certain nutrients.
90% of your serotonin is made in your gut.