If you have diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, you know you have an issue with your gut. However, digestive issues aren’t the only signs of an unhealthy gut. Your gut has a collection of microbes. If it’s healthy, you have more beneficial microbes than harmful ones. There are other causes of an unhealthy gut besides a microbe imbalance. Leaky gut syndrome is one of those. Leaky gut syndrome is a collection of symptoms that affect all parts of the body.
What affects gut health?
Lots of things can cause an issue with your gut. A bad diet is the most obvious, but lack of sleep and lack of exercise affect it, too. Both a sign and a cause of an unhealthy gut is inflammation. If you eat too much sugar, it can cause inflammation that affects your gut and also cause inflammation throughout the rest of the body. Besides digestive issues, signs of gut inflammation can be food intolerance, but they also can be as pervasive as mood swings and autoimmune disease.
Obesity may come from poor gut health.
While the final judgement isn’t in, there is a link between obesity and an unhealthy gut. It may be because the foods consumed by people who are obese are higher in calories and often sugary or highly processed and that causes the inflammation. It also can be that the foods consumed that cause the weight gain are also those that increase the number of harmful microbes in the gut.
Your gut and the beneficial microbes play a role in a healthy immune system.
Low resistance to disease or autoimmune disorders are signs of an unhealthy gut. Approximately 75% of your immune system is in the small intestines. It’s the gut that acts like a barrier to help prevent harmful microbes from entering the rest of the body. If you have an unhealthy gut that has small holes and tears, they escape the small intestines and go where they can cause harm. The good microbes keep the bad ones in control by secreting chemicals to destroy them. They also provide short-chain fatty acids that keep the junctions between intestinal cells tightened, so there are not holes for bad microbes to escape.
- There are a multitude of different types of microbes in the gut, which include bacteria and fungi. It’s estimated that there are between 300 and 1000 different species and that there are more microbes in the body than human cells.
- Malnutrition is a possibility if you have an unhealthy gut. If you don’t have the proper microbes to digest the food and make it available to the body, you won’t get the proper nutrition, no matter how much you eat.
- Your gut health can be affected by more than just diet. Stress can affect the microbes, lack of exercise and taking antibiotics.
- One sign there may be a problem with your gut health is a craving for sugar. Another is gassiness and bloating after a meal. Acne and a reluctance to eat because you feel better when you don’t are also signs.
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