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How Your Gut Health Impacts Your Life

By Sara Butler

Your gut bacteria play a much larger role in your life than you may realize. If it's not up to snuff, then it could cause an array of symptoms from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. If we lived in a perfect world, the gut would be filled with millions of microbes that make digestion easier, nutrient absorption optimal, and inflammation in the body a thing of the past. But we don't live in a perfect world, which is why you need to take these signs that your gut bacteria isn't balanced seriously.

You're Sick a Lot

You may not know this, but your immune system is really dependent on your gut. In fact, your gut is your body's first line of defense against the things that invade your body in order to make you sick. If you find yourself often feeling rundown or sick often, then it may be because your gut bacteria aren't in the right balance.

You Experience Brain Fog

Poor memory and difficulty concentrating are a sign that things aren't going well in your gut. See, your gut and your brain are connected via a major communication pathway called the vagus nerve. If your gut lining is inflamed or damaged, then it can impact that communication and slow things down, resulting in the feeling of brain fog.

You're Tired

Proper digestion is necessary for your body to break down the nutrients in the food you eat and keep your body going. If you're not getting all the nutrients because your gut lining isn't working as it should to help break down and absorb nutrients, then you may notice a hit to your energy levels.

You Have Skin Issues

When your intestinal lining is compromised, then food that hasn't been fully digested can leak into the bloodstream. This can lead to a variety of skin symptoms such as rosacea and acne. That's why it's crucial to ensure that your gut lining is in top shape.

You're in Pain

Chronic pain can be a sign of chronic inflammation. If you suffer from chronic inflammation, then it can make painful conditions worse. You need a healthy intestinal lining to help reduce inflammation and help you feel great.

What You Can Do

A varied diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains can go a long way in helping gut bacteria thrive. You should also cut down on sugar since it contributes to an imbalance in the gut. Try introducing more foods with good bacteria in them into your diet too, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and yogurt.

If you have questions about your gut health, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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