There are many obvious signs that your gut is out of whack! However, there are some less obvious signals to look out for too.
Are you just not feeling yourself at the moment?
We all lose our sparkle from time to time. However, if you are not feeling quite yourself and can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong, it may be worth considering what is happening in your gut. Mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression have been linked to gut flora and how it communicates with your brain, affecting your mood and emotions. If you want to find out more about this, check out our blog on The Gut and Mental Wellbeing.
Are you sick all the time?
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is controlled by your gut? Frequent illness may be a sign that your gut microbiota is unbalanced, and that is why you may be more likely to pick up what is going around because your resistance is lowered. So if you feel like you just can’t shake that cold, perhaps consider what you are putting into your body as a defence mechanism.
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Does your household call you Farty McFart Face?
Well firstly that is kinda harsh. Unless of course you live in a house full of boys like me and everything is about fart jokes. Even our youngest, who isn’t even one year old finds fart jokes hilarious. I digress.
Temporary digestion problems such as gas, bloating, cramping, acid reflux, constipation and diarrhea may be your gut telling you that you need to give it some TLC. These can also affect your energy levels and your confidence. Bad breath can leave you feeling self conscious and could be another sign that you have an issue with your digestion.
Do you avoid looking at yourself in the mirror?
Weight control problems or skin conditions may also be a sign that your gut is not balanced. Studies in recent years have shown that regardless of the amount of calories consumed, it is dependent on your gut biome as to how many you will absorb. There are two bacteria that control this, Firmicutes (The Bad Guys) and Bacteroidetes (The Good Guys). You want to be putting a party platter of goodies for the Bacteroidetes and leave the Firmicutes hungry.
Interestingly, your skin also has its very own microbiome too. That’s a fancy way of saying an ecosystem of bacteria. However, it goes below the surface of your skin too. If you have a lot of skin problems, which may come in the form of acne, psoriasis, eczema or dandruff, then these may be related to gut health also. Research looking at the connections between the gut and skin health has just kicked off again, after the discovery of the gut/skin axis about 80 years ago. These studies are showing that there are links between bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine and gut permeability with skin conditions like acne.
So what can you do?
Here are some specific tips to try and get the right balance back into your Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes, but it is all going to give you better overall gut health. Firmicutes love eating sugar and also control calorie absorption, so the less you have of them the better. In order to do this you need to have a look at your diet. Unfortunately, alcohol and sugars need to be minimised, if you can have a total break from them for a couple of weeks you will be winning (Don’t worry there is no alcohol in Gutsy Probiotic Drink Sachets so it is a great alternative when you are having a break from the booze). Next you need to increase the amount of whole foods you are eating and the diversity of those food types. Start trying some different types of veggies or some that you haven’t eaten recently. The Mediterranean diet is proving to be the best for a balanced gut. Then get on the beans. Yes, apparently they make you fart, but this is actually related to a lack of Bacteroidetes in your gut. They love beans so build up slowly and so will they. The last thing is to make sure you have a good sleeping rhythm. Your bacteria have a cycle just like you, so try not to throw them out! You have to work as a team, that is what they like best.
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There is a lot you can do to help your gut, some other quick wins can be found in this blog 5 Ways To Improve Your Gut Health.
Written by Claire Gray, Co-founder at Gutsy Life