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8 Signs You Might be Suffering From Poor Gut Health and How to fix it

Poor gut health is a sign of poor overall health. More correctly, if you have poor gut health, your overall health is suffering as a result. You have more bacteria cells in your gut than you have human cells in your entire body. If your gut is unhealthy, those bacteria are unhealthy, and you’re unhealthy by default.

Poor gut health isn’t only caused by unhealthy bacteria, but they are a major cause. Consider that many autoimmune issues and irritable bowel syndrome are linked to an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria.

Since your calories and nutrients pass through your gut before they become available to you, the health of your gut influences the health of every part of your body.

These issues are all related to poor gut health:

  1. Addiction to simple carbohydrates. Sugar is so bad for your body. Eating simple sugars helps the bad bacteria in your gut to grow. And, what do those bacteria like to eat? That’s right, more sugar. If you have regular cravings for foods with high sugar content, it might be a sign of poor gut health.
  2. Difficulty concentrating. A reduced ability to concentrate is a common complaint among those with poor gut health. It’s believed that the inflammation caused by poor gut health affects the brain’s ability to focus and block out excess stimuli.
  3. Gastrointestinal distress. Diarrhea, bloating, constipation, gas, heartburn, or other gastrointestinal discomforts can be a sign of poor gut health. A healthy gut is able to process and eliminate waste with minimal difficulties. Regular gastrointestinal distress can be a sign of a serious issue.
  1. Fatigue. Fatigue is another common symptom found in those suffering from poor gut health. If you’re frequently tired without explanation, your gut may be to blame.
    1. If you frequently suffer from fatigue, consider how much sleep you’ve been getting. If you’re getting plenty of sleep and you’re still tired, you might want to consider the possibility that your gut is to blame.
  1. Unexplained weight changes. It’s possible that poor gut health can lead to either weight gain or weight loss. If your diet and exercise are unchanged and your weight changes significantly, you might have an issue in your gut. Gut issues can affect your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
  2. Autoimmune disorders. Numerous autoimmune disorders can either be caused by or exacerbated by poor gut health. The bad bacteria in your gut can travel around the body and create inflammation in various tissues and organs.
    1. This inflammation is a major cause of many diseases. Some medical experts believe this type of inflammation might be responsible for nearly all diseases.
  1. Skin ailments. Skin difficulties, such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, and rosacea, can be caused by gut-related issues. Enhancing your gut health can often eliminate these annoying conditions.
  2. Poor sleep. Between the gastrointestinal distress, inflammation, skin issues, and autoimmune disorders, it’s no wonder that sleep quality can become an issue. It’s odd to think that an issue in your gut could be disrupting your sleep, but it happens.

Gut health is a serious issue. You can’t be healthy if your gut is unhealthy. If you consistently have poor gut health symptoms, it’s time to see your doctor. When you ensure that your gut is healthy, you’re greatly increasing the odds that the rest of your body will be healthy, too. Treat your gut properly, and you’ll be well rewarded.

You can’t be much healthier than your gut is. It’s only been recently discovered just how important gut health is to overall health.

You have a lot of cells in your body – roughly 37.2 trillion! But you actually have far more bacteria: about 10 times as many. You have more bacteria in your body than you do human cells. These bacteria are predominately in your digestive tract.

The health and composition of these bacteria are pivotal to your overall health. These bacteria are necessary to digest and absorb nutrients. They also synthesize vitamins and provide some immunity from the flu virus and other unwanted invaders.

What you choose to eat and drink has the greatest impact on the flora, or gut bacteria, in your body.

These strategies will help you heal your gut and your body:

  1. Consider taking probiotics. Much of your digestive system consists of the flora, or bacteria, that live in your gut. Some foods contain these healthy bacteria, but you can also consume them in pill form. Probiotics are a great way to improve your gut health.
  2. Chew your food thoroughly. The more you chew your food, the easier it is to digest. When you chew your food thoroughly, you increase the surface area your digestive juices can attack. This creates far less stress for your digestive system to deal with.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. Eating unhealthy food is bad for every part of your body, including your gut. Maximize your health by eating the healthiest possible diet.
  4. Adjust your fiber intake. While most people need to eat more fiber to have a healthier gut, few people would do well to eat less. The recommendation from the medical community is 25-35 grams per day.
  5. Relax! Stress is hard on every part of your body, and that includes your gut. Minimizing the amount of stress in your life can do wonders for your overall health. Either remove your stress sources or learn how to relax despite the stress in your life.
  6. Sleep. Your overall health, including your gut health, improves when you get enough sleep. Most people in our society could stand to get another hour or two of sleep each night. If you’re not getting at least seven hours each night, you need more sleep.
  7. Reduce sugar intake. Many scientists consider sugar to be a toxin. It can be damaging to all the cells of your body. Artificial sweeteners aren’t a great substitute. Certain types of bad bacteria in your gut can consume various artificial sweeteners and become too prevalent in your body.
  8. Eat fermented foods. Fermented foods are essentially probiotics in food form. Yogurt and sauerkraut are two of the most common examples. Miso, kefir, tempeh, pickles, and kimchi are other options. Eat more fermented foods, and your gut will thank you.
  9. Try a plant-based diet. Many people struggle with meat and dairy products. You might find that your digestive system feels and behaves better when you focus on plant-based foods.

If you haven’t been paying attention to your gut health, you’re not as healthy as you could be. What you eat and drink has the greatest impact on your gut health. Not only does the food you eat impact the health of every cell in your body, but it also affects the bacteria in your digestive tract.

When your bacteria are healthy, you’ll be much healthier, too!

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About Damon K. Jones (214 Articles)
Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.
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