Did you know that those ongoing non-digestive symptoms you struggle with could be linked to an unhealthy gut? If all disease does really being in the gut, why are we not spending more time assessing our gut health?
When your gut is not healthy, it can cause more than just digestive issues like constipation, diarrhoea , bloating, gas or abdominal pain. An unhealthy gut can have a massive impact on other systems of the body, like the immune, nervous and reproductive systems
More research is coming out on leaky gut, and how this can be causing other long term health conditions. Some of these include:
- Autoimmune conditions – There is a link between the overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, leaky gut lining and inflammation or autoimmune conditions.
- Mood disorders such as anxiety & depression – More than 90% of serotonin (our ‘feel-good neurotransmitter’) is found in the gut, so if our gut is not functioning optimally this will impact our moods.
- Weight gain – Thought it just depended on calories in and calories out? Nope! Our bacteria determine the way we store fat, our sense of hungry or feeling full and inflammation in the gut also impacts our adrenals and sex hormones, which can inhibit weight loss.
- Fatigue – Chronic stress caused by parasites, food sensitivities, bacterial overgrowths and pain, can lead to adrenal fatigue, as well as impact our sex hormones, immune system and digestion.
- Skin – Eczema, psoriasis and acne are all influenced by inflammation in our gut and imbalanced gut flora.
- Headache & Migraines – Low levels of good gut flora can be linked to migraines, as well as hormonal imbalance causing headaches.
- Hay Fever & Sinus Infections – A low diversity of good gut flora is linked to seasonal allergies. Probiotics have been shown to help hay fever and allergies.
If you want to know more about testing your gut health, send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about functional testing.
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