7 Signs Your Gut Bacteria Is Out of Whack

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7 Signs Your Gut Bacteria Is Out of Whack

Your gut health is the No.1 aspect that controls your overall health, which plays a role in your immune system, skin health, ability to lose fat, appetite, mental wellness and more.

Your gut bacteria can be one of your strongest allies in getting healthy… or it can be one of your worst enemies. Most people don’t realize it, but what they eat and how they live are changing the make up of their gut bacteria.

With numerous recent research exploring the connection between the gut bacteria and practically every other aspect of human health, the conclusion is clear: if you can balance your gut, you can restore your health. The suggestive ratio is to have 80% good bacteria to 20% bad bacteria, then the body is running at full strength.

When your gut is balanced, you will feel full of energy, you rarely get sick and you experience very little bloating or sugar/refined carbohydrate cravings.

If the balance of bacteria is off – things start to take a turn for the worse. You might be experiencing regular bloating and cravings, your energy might be super low or you might even start to experience inflammation and infections which can lead to constipation, candida, allergies and even depression or autoimmune diseases.

To know if your gut bacteria is unbalanced, here are 7 signs to look out for.

Sign #1: Digestive Problems

digestive-problemsWhen you think of the potential consequences of unhealthy gut bacteria, digestive problems are probably the first things that come to mind. Many doctors will prescribe drugs like Prevacid or generic antacids to help people struggling with these issues, but those medications only address surface level symptoms.

They don’t get to the root of the problem, which is unhealthy gut bacteria. If you’re dealing with any of the following, you might have an unhealthy gut:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn/acid reflux
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis)

Sign #2: Mental Fog

mental-fogDid you know the health of your gut could affect the health of your brain? It’s true. Scientists have already discovered that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters. Now, they’re focused on another trend: people with certain mental disorders also tend to have disturbances to their gut bacteria.

If you have any of these mental issues, your gut bacteria might be to blame:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Brain fatigue
  • OCD
  • Autism

Sign #3: Sugar Cravings

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Anyone whose gut bacteria is out of balance will crave for sugary foods such as bready foods, sweet desserts, startchy vegetables, pizzas, sodas, etc. Sugar is like rocket fuel for yeast. When we eat sugar, we literally feed the Candida yeast and other harmful microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract. Once this happens, candida overgrowth can happen and take over your appetite. 

In other words, a diet full of sugar can damage your inner ecology. The more sugar that you binge on, the more you feed Candida overgrowth. The more Candida overgrowth you have, the more you crave sugar. It’s a vicious cycle.

Too much sugar does not only damage the digestive system. It also damages the immune system. Research tells us that when you eat too much sugar, you throw your immune response system out of balance.

Sign #4: Antibiotics

antibioticsAntibiotics are one of the greatest innovations of modern medicine, but antibiotics wipe out both bad bacteria and good bacteria in the gut that are essential for your health. Research also suggests that good bacteria wiped out by antibiotics don’t replace themselves unless you intervene with. Hence if you’ve taken antibiotics in the recent 2 years, it’s crucial that you repair your gut effectively after a course of antibiotics with gut healing foods or probiotics.

Sign #5: Chronic, Unmanaged Stress

chronic-stressStress can wear you down, make you anxious, and increase your blood pressure. It can also wreak havoc on your gut! Stress is inevitable, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. That isn’t an issue — until you let it go on for too long without managing it.

Unmanaged stress raises Cortisol levels, which can stop the gut from working properly. If you’ve been stressed for the past few months (or years, or decades) but haven’t acted to manage your stress, you’re more likely to have an unhealthy gut.

Sign #6: Skin Conditions

skinproblemsThere’s been a lot of confusion about skin conditions over the years. Much of it comes from the common (but misguided) idea that the symptoms of a condition must appear in the same spot as the condition itself. For many skin conditions, the problem isn’t with the skin itself. It’s with an unhealthy gut. If you have any of these skin conditions, it could be due to unbalanced gut bacteria:

  • Acne breakouts
  • Fungal infections
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema

Sign #7: Autoimmune Diseases

The cycle of inflammation. B cells communicate via cytokines with other inflammatory cells, such as T cells and macrophages, to maintain and amplify the cycle of inflammation

Autoimmune diseases develop when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells.

As a result, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues.

Some examples of autoimmune diseases include:

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Vasculitis

With more scientific evidence emerging everyday that links our mind and body wellness with our gut, we want to make sure we are taking care of our gut health to prevent serious health issues down the road. Once you understand that the root of your health begins at your gut, you can quite literally heal yourself from the inside out. The solution for a healthy gut is simple: remove toxic foods and substances from your diet, restore your body with healing gut foods (such as bone broth, yoghurt, etc) and repair with probiotics.

Leaky Gut Elixir Recipe

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If you are experiencing some of the symptoms from the list above, my favorite “bone broth” elixir may help turn things around for you.

Bone broth is a great way to improve your digestion, bloating and heal your gut lining. If you find yourself getting bloated often or you experience a lot of sensitivities with food, your gut lining could be inflamed and you could be experiencing leaky gut.

‘Leaky Gut’ is when your gut lining becomes so inflamed that tiny food particles can exit the gut and enter the blood stream. The result? Bloating, food sensitivities, brain fog and fatigue.

Bone broth helps to heal gut permeability (leaky gut). The gelatin in bone broth helps to soothe and heal the mucosal lining of your gut and it works to reduce the inflammation.

It is also incredibly rich in calcium, magnesium and phosperous which helps our bones stay strong and healthy. Since it’s rich in minerals and amino acids it’s also an incredible way to boost our immune system and fight infection.

Here is my favorite recipe to make this magical elixir. It’s super simple and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Organic Pastured Chicken Carcass
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary or Thyme
  • 1.5 Liters of Filtered Water

Directions:

  1. If you have a slow cooker, place all the ingredients above into your slow cooker with the setting on low. Let it cook for 24 hours. If you do not have a slow cooker, you can simply simmer it on the stove with low heat for 12 hours.
  2. Once it’s cooked, let the broth cool and strain it.
  3. Add sea salt to taste and drink the broth as is. Or store in fridge for up to 5 days.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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