You’d think that the telltale sign of an unhealthy gut would be stomach pain, right? But there are a number of other things to look out for too! Your gut health affects your entire body from your digestion to your immune system and even your brain. There are people suffering from daily symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, and depression without realizing that it may all be connected to the state of their gut. However, the good news is that your body won’t put up with this for long and it will start sending you signals that something is going wrong.
Let’s look at a few of those red flags to watch out for.
Brain Fog/Difficulty Focusing
Your gut is home to a “little brain” called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) which sends signals to your “big brain”. Dr. Jay Pasricha, a director at the Johns Hopkins Center, has studied this area extensively and has found that “the enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.”
The neurotransmitters produced in the gut affect your mood, thoughts, focus, and concentration, and further research in this area has shown that when gut bacteria is imbalanced it can have a negative impact on cognitive functioning, specifically memory, and learning.
Your natural circulation rhythm can be affected when your gut is unhealthy, leading to sleep disruptions and fatigue throughout the day. This is because the gut microbiota alters the sleep-wake cycle and the hormones that regulate your sleep. Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS reports that “when your microbiome is less diverse, it can affect the production of serotonin and melatonin which affects your ability to sleep. In an animal study, this disruption caused inflammation and insulin resistance – precursors to heart disease and diabetes.” Whoa… sounds like it’s pretty important to get that resolved, right?!
Your skin actually has its own unique microbiome and the balance of this bacteria can be affected by an imbalance in the gut. In addition, one of the most common causes of skin problems is a buildup of toxins in the body which you’re much more susceptible to with a sluggish digestive system and poor immunity. These skin issues can include acne, eczema, rosacea, and inflammation.
Recurrent digestive issues are obviously one of the key signs of poor gut health and the things you need to watch out for are:
- Acid Reflux
- Regular stomach ache/cramps
- Food intolerances/sensitivities
Increased Stress / Mood Disturbance
Your gut is closely connected to your brain via your vagus nerve and disruptions to your gut microbiome can influence your stress tolerance and mental health. Like in any relationship, communication between your brain and digestive system is vital for both to properly function. When your gut is in distress it will send an SOS to your brain which can respond with anxiety, stress, and even depression.
“For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around.” – Jay Pasricha
Of course, this also applies vice versa; if you’re under a lot of stress it’s likely to kick off or exacerbate any digestive issues In fact, many people with gastrointestinal issues are more sensitive to pain than others due to the brain being more responsive to pain signals coming from the gut. So stress can make any existing issues feel even worse.
Reset Your Gut & Restore Your Health
Once you start the process of healing your gut, you’ll start to see these symptoms alleviate and your entire body will start to function a lot better. This means finding out exactly what is causing your gut health to suffer and making key lifestyle changes to make a change. As many gut health issues are due to deficiencies of essential vitamins and nutrients, adding the right digestive supplement/s to your diet will make a big difference also.
A great place to start is with the Gut Reset Kit which restores the optimal bacterial balance in your digestive system and rids your body of any waste and toxins causing the symptoms outlined in this post.
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