There is a lot of talk in the media about gut health and why it is so important.

 

How can we improve our gut health?

 

When we have poor gut health it effects every part of us. It can cause anxiety, poor mood, microbiotic imbalance and nutrient deficiency. It has now been shown that there is a link between the gut and the brain. So, when our gut health is not right it can lead to poor mood, poor sleep, and anxiety.  It can also affect our immune systems and overall health. Here are the main culprits to poor gut health. Here are some of the issues that cause bad gut health.

If you suffer with bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea or heartburn and indigestion this may mean you have an unhealthy gut.

  1. Anti-Biotics. When we take anti biotics, they damage all the good bacteria in the gut. There are times when anti biotics are needed, but if you do have to take them then you also need to take probiotics to put the good bacteria back into the gut.
  2. Drinking alcohol. Too much alcohol damages the gut and drinking gin can be one of the worst drinks to have for your gut health.
  3. Sleep is really important; we need to sleep so our body can recover from the day. If you have distributed and bad sleep this could be a sign of an unhealthy gut. It could be connected to inflammation in the body, metabolic function, or anxiety. All of which can affect you gut health. Make sure that you unwind at night, give yourself some time to calm down form the day and settle for a good night’s sleep.
  4. Processed foods. If you have a diet high in processed foods and ready meals this could impact on your gut health. Processed foods tend to be high in sugar and salt, neither of which is good for our gut. It will reduce the good bacteria in the gut leaving the way for bad bacteria to get in and start to cause a problem
  5. Food intolerance issues. This is not the same as a food allergy. A food intolerance has been linked in some cases to an unhealthy gut. It can cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and in some cases nausea. If you have a food allergy this is an autoimmune response.
  6. Skin irritations. If you have a skin irritation such as eczema or psoriasis this may be linked to a certain type of bacteria that is in the gut. When we do not have the correct levels of good bacteria it can affect our skin and start to cause us problems.
  7. If you have weight gain or losing weight without trying to this could be a sign of an unhealthy gut. If you gut is not working correctly then this can cause the body to not absorb nutrients correctly, not to regulate blood sugar properly and store fat.

 

Conclusion

 

These are some of the causes of an unhealthy gut if you suffer with any of them and do not have a serious medical condition then homeopathy may be able to help you. If you are concerned, please do visit your GP to rule out anything sinister. I am available for a no obligation chat to see if I can help if you wish.