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Signs Your Gut Is Unhealthy and Why You Should Fix It!

Scientists have started taking a much closer look at the gut microbiome and its connection to almost everything in the body. A gut that’s out of balance can lead to all kinds of serious diseases, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, autism, heart disease, and asthma. It’s actually tough to find a condition that’s not connected to gut health in some way. 

Are you feeling down? Do you have joint pain? Are you dealing with itchy eczema? Do you feel constantly bloated? All of these issues — and more — can be traced back to your gut. It turns out that the tens of billions of microbes in your digestive tract are the master puppeteers of your health. Find out what makes these tiny bugs tick, and how you can keep your gut ecosystem healthy and thriving.

Your body is home to trillions of microscopic organisms — bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes that inhabit almost every part of you. This busy ecosystem of micro-organisms make up what’s known as the human microbiome. 

Most of your microbes live in your gut, mainly in your intestines and colon. Bacteria are the most studied of the microbes — scientists have discovered over 1,000 species of bacteria in the gut. These bugs do a lot — they digest your food, keep your immune system humming along, protect your intestines from infections, remove environmental toxins from the body, and produce B vitamins and vitamin K, which helps your blood clot.

Everyone’s gut microbiome is unique, although certain combinations of microbes — and a diverse mix of them — are the hallmarks of a healthy gut.

Normal gut flora contains small amounts of “bad” bacteria — microbes that cause disease when they overgrow. That’s why keeping a good balance between the good and the bad guys is important — too much bad bacteria makes you sick and robs you of feeling your best. You want vibrant communities where the good and bad bacteria work together in harmony. 

You get your first dose of microbes as you’re being born, when you pass through your mother’s birth canal. From there, your microbiome changes during the first couple of years of life, influenced by microbes in breast milk, antibiotics, and your first solid foods. Your gut microbiota stabilizes around the age of 3. This early development of intestinal flora is critical — it sets the tone for your gut health for life. 

If you’re feeling or noticing any of the following symptoms, you may have a gut imbalance:

  • Food sensitivities or allergies

  • Digestive problems like gas and bloating

  • Weight gain

  • Skin issues like acne, eczema, and rosacea 

  • Fatigue 

  • Mood swings

  • Autoimmune disorders  

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Difficulty concentrating 

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