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How Your Gut Bacteria Impacts Your Health

By Sara Butler

Your gut bacteria is important to your overall health and wellness. It's so important that when it's out of balance it can impact your entire body. There are many reasons that gut bacteria gets out of whack, including eating too much processed foods and sugar, but how can you tell if this is impacting you? Here are some signs of an imbalanced gut and what you can do to get things back in order.

Your Stomach is Upset

Some stomach issues such as heartburn, bloating, and gas can be signs that your gut bacteria is out of whack. This is due to the fact that an imbalanced gut can have difficulty breaking down the foods you eat. As a result, the food remains in your digestive system without being properly broken down and these side effects can occur.

Sleep Problems

You may not connect your gut with your sleeping habits, but having trouble getting good quality sleep at night or feeling tired all the time can be the result of an imbalanced gut. This is due to the fact that serotonin, the hormone that regulates sleep and mood, is made in the gut. So, if your gut isn't working as it should, then it can make getting to sleep and staying that way difficult.

Skin Issues

Inflammation in your gut that is the result of allergies or poor dietary choices can make skin issues such as eczema worse. When this occurs, the gut may "leak" proteins into the bloodstream that irritate the skin and cause flares in skin conditions. If you have a rash and aren't sure why, then it may be your gut calling out for help!

What You Can Do

In order to help your gut maintain a healthy balance there are a few things you should make a part of your daily routine such as:

  • Sleeping - Get a full night's rest to help your body have the time it needs to rejuvenate
  • Eat healthier - You should cut back on processed and sugary foods, opting instead for whole foods and foods with natural probiotics such as sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, and yogurt
  • Hydrate - Drink plenty of water each day to help keep the lining of the intestines moist and working optimally, which can then help keep your gut bacteria in check
  • Take a probiotic - Adding a probiotic supplement can help to introduce healthy bacteria to your gut where it can take up residence

If you're worried about the health of your gut, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are a great resource to help you figure it out!

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

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