There’s increasing evidence that gut health is of exceptional importance to an individual’s overall health. An unhealthy gut can cause problems to a person’s immunity, mental health, and mood.
That’s why nutritionists are now focusing on microbiome health because of its effects on an individual’s wellbeing. When you look for signs of an unhealthy gut, the first thing to understand is that some problems are directly related to the gut, and some may not seem to be.
For example, diarrhea, bloating, heartburn, and gas are common signs. In other words, if you routinely have an upset stomach, the chances are that you have an unhealthy gut. That’s because if your gut is suffering, you would have problems processing food and then discharging waste.
People with gut issues would also find it difficult to process certain types of food. This is primarily due to the poor quality of bacteria found in the gut. This can result in gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.
The other set of signs may not seem directly related to the gut. Serotonin, a hormone responsible for mood and sleep, is created in the gut. An unhealthy gut will lead to chronic fatigue and poor sleep or insomnia.
An unhealthy gut also interferes with the body’s ability to store fat, regulate blood sugar, and absorb nutrients. This could lead to weight loss or gain without exercise or dietary changes.
Problems in the gut can also create skin irritation and eczema for some people. That’s because unhealthy guts can cause certain proteins to leak out into the body.
If you have any of these signs, it’s time to take gut health seriously. With healthy eating and a regular intake of prebiotics and probiotics, you should see demonstrable changes in your microbiome health. As we now know, a healthy gut means a healthy body and an active life.