The following are the tell tale signs that you might be taking an unhealthy gut.
- An upset stomach.
Microbial colonies in the gut are responsible for digestion of food. Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, heartburn, reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis can be a few results of an imbalance in the gut flora.
2. Constant food cravings.
Craving food, especially sweets and sugars can mean you have an imbalance of gut bacteria.
3. If you are suddenly loosing or gaining weight.
Certain types of gut bacteria can cause either an increase or decrease in weight an imbalance in the gut flora can cause weight loss due to impaired vitamin, mineral and fat absorption or cause weight gain due to more caloric absorption from food than the others.
4. You are anxious or depressed and sleeping irregularly.
As discussed, serotonin is majorly produced in gut. When less serotonin is produced it can affect your mood, social behavior, sleep, appetite, memory and even libido. It can also lead to insomnia and chronic fatigue.
5. Your skin is acting up.
Skin rashes, or inflammation can be a sign of poor gut health an imbalance in gut bacteria can cause inflamed and itchy red blotches on the skin.
Also following are the methods to improve your gut health
- Lower your stress.
Stress impacts the gut in a very bad way. To improve your gut health, one needs to lower their stress levels.
2. Get enough sleep.
Not getting enough quantity of quality sleep can have. Have a negative impact on gut health. Try to have an 7 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night to lead to a healthier gut.
3. Eat slowly.
Chewing food thoroughly and slowly can help in enhanced digestion and absorption of nutrients in turn reducing digestive discomfort and gut flora imbalance.
4. Stay hydrated.
Drinking Plenty of water keeps the mucosal lining healthy promoting the balance of good bacteria in gut.
5. Go pro on probiotics or pre bioties.
Probiotic i.e. live good bacteria and prebiotic i.e. food for good bacteria can have a great impact on human gut health. Including a prebiotic or probiotic supplement to your diet is a great way to improve your gut health.
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