The majority of society strives to have wash board abs but the reality is that we all just do not. If your stomach is not the flattest there is no need to worry unless you hands down have a gut. You know the pesky skin that always flops over your skinny jeans, that’s gut. What many don’t realize is that your gastrointestinal system can be an indicator of an array of health issues. Between 60%-80% of our immune system is located in our gut. Gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disease, eczema, diabetes, chronic fatigue and an extensive list of other health problems. The best way to avoid health problems is to know the health of your gut. Below are 10 signs that your gut maybe unhealthy:
2. Food allergies or sensitivities
3. Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea
5. Mood swings, irritability
6. Skin problems like eczema, rosacea
8. Autoimmune disease
9. Frequent infections
10. Poor memory and concentration, ADD or ADHD
Anxiety can differ form person to person dependant on specific triggers. Anxiety is the way our bodies respond to danger, when you feel threatened, are under pressure or facing a stressful situation. You may be suffering from an anxiety disorder if you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart pounding panic. If you are constantly tense, worried or on edge or if you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner (helpguide.org)
Food allergies co-exist with what’s happening in your stomach. If your gut is unhealthy it can either cause or worsen the allergy symptoms you may have. Now, while it may sound a tad bit crazy depression is linked to what's going on with your gut health. Research suggests depression is often found alongside gastrointestinal inflammations and autoimmune diseases as well as with cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, type 2-diabetes and also cancer, in which chronic low-grade inflammation is a significant contributing factor. Thus researchers suggested “depression may be a neuropsychiatric manifestation of a chronic inflammatory syndrome (articles.mercola.com)
To optimize your gut bacteria nutritionists advise to stay away from sugar, fructose and processed foods. It’s been a long debate over weather what you eat affects your skin and the answer is absolutely. A high intake of refined carbs will increase inflammation in your body, which can trigger acne, and cause problems for the good intestinal bacteria. Along with acne other skin problems can come about such as eczema, rosacea, or rash.
Overall, the best way to help heal the gut is to remove the bad. Inflammatory foods such as gluten, sugar, eggs, soy, processed foods, fructose and corn should not be consumed as well as irritants like alcohol, caffeine or drugs (mindbodygreen.com). The differences in our health and mood can all be traced back to the state of health of our gut. If you may be eating a high intake of bad foods, try to change habits slowly and watch the change occur to your body and mood.