Is Your Gut Imbalanced?
By Sara Butler
Researchers are just beginning to understand how the balance of bacteria living in your gut can impact your overall health and wellness. If you have an imbalance in your gut, then you may find you are experiencing many symptoms you didn’t realize were the result of this problem. Here are a few of the most common symptoms people with an imbalanced gut experience and what you can do about it.
You Get Sick All the Time
Did you know that 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut? The sticky, thin mucus that lines your gastrointestinal tract is made up of immunoglobulins. These cells are antibodies that attack bugs when they enter your system. If you get sick a lot, then it may be because your gut is out of whack, impacting the effectiveness of the immune cells in your gut.
What can you do? Well, eating foods that are higher in fiber is a great start. You can also reduce the amount of sugar you’re eating in order to help promote the growth of the good bacteria that lives in your gut – bacteria that use fiber as a food source. The harmful bacteria in your gut love proteins and fats, like those found in red meat. So choose your diet wisely and maybe even think about adding a probiotic to help.
Not all depression is caused by what you eat, but it’s no secret that food can have a big impact on your mood. The reason why is because some bacteria in your gut can actually increase your risk of developing depression or anxiety. When the bad bacteria in your gut grows then they activate receptors in your gastrointestinal tract that releases inflammatory cytokines. These substances then travel to your brain and disrupt the neurotransmitters in your brain, triggering mood changes.
You can help to keep this from happening by making sure you eat foods that contain polyphenols such as vegetables, fruits, extra virgin olive oil and tea. These will help to feed the good bacteria in your gut and fight off some of your more unsavory moods.
You truly are what you eat, and nothing says that more than the way in which your diet feeds the bacteria living in your gut. If you want to take your health seriously, then you need to start taking your gut health seriously. Eating for a healthy gut is a great place to start!