Did you know that 80% of your bodies serotonin is made in the gut? Not only this, but majority of your melatonin is made in the gut too! Plus 80% of your immune system is in the gut!
With so much talk about how important gut health is and good bacteria, you’re probably wondering how you know if your gut is healthy or not.
To help you, we’ve broken down the top signs for an unhealthy gut and what to do about it.
Digestive issues –bloating, diarrhea, excessive gas & constipation
One of the biggest signs to an unhealthy gut is when it’s main function is not working effectively.
When your gut is not working efficiently at removing waste from the body, the toxins from that waste build up in your system and can cause all sorts of problems for you.
If you feel bloated after eating or at the end of the day, if you have excessive gas, or have diarrhea or constipation, then your gut is trying to tell you that it isn’t working effectively and needs some support to help work more effectively at removing waste from your system more regularly to reduce the build-up of toxins in your system.
Poor mental health
Who would have thought that having poor gut health could have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. But it does!
Your guts function is so complex, drawing nutrients out of your food and converting these nutrients into components the body needs to function.
80% of your bodies serotonin is made in the gut, so if your gut is not functioning properly, your body can not produce as much serotonin as you need for good mental health. This in turn can cause symptoms like brain fog, depression, anxiety, mental fatigue and stress.
Your skin is the largest organ! Have you ever had a chocolate binge and had an acne breakout a few days later? What about stress pimples, as soon as I’m stressed out at work, I have one acne spot that breaks out every.single.time.
Good gut health plays a big role with all our organs and how well they function and our skin plays a big part in giving us cues as to when we are needing additional support or supplements.
Good gut health will improve your skins overall appearance and will reduce severity of acne breakouts.
Our gut has a big job to play, it’s main function is to extract nutrients from the foods we eat and remove the waste. When your gut is not functioning effectively, it can’t perform its job properly, there has also been multiple studies conducted which have shown that people who are obese have different bacteria within their gut than people who are ‘skinny’. Working on improving your gut health can be the first step in the direction of weight loss.
Are you constantly getting sick? Catching every cold going around the office? It’s not surprising to learn that 80% of your immune system is in your gut, so if you have an unhealthy gut, you have a much higher chance of catching every cold and bug, because your immunity will be low.
Other signs of poor gut health
Type 2 diabetes
Menstral cramping / PMS
Vitamin B deficiency
Chronic bad breath
Dark circles under eyes
Ways to improve your gut health
Take a probiotic
Taking a high quality probiotic supplement daily will help balance your microbiome and will help with all of the symptoms listed above. A good quality probiotic is key and finding one that is best suited to your needs.
We have a range of high quality probiotics available and specific for various needs:
Probiotica P3 for Kids – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/wagner-probiotica-p3-for-children/
Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/qiara-pregnancy-breastfeeding-probiotic/
Qiara Infant – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/qiara-infant-probiotic/
Nutralife Probiotic billion – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/nutralife-probiotic-50-billion-60-capsules/
Change your diet
Sometimes, gut health can be affected by an overload of particular foods in our diet. To help to regain a healthy gut, you may want to try illuminating, or reducing your intake of known inflammatory foods for a period of time. Inflammatory foods are: gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs and sugar.
Eat Probiotic rich foods
Try to eat more probiotic rich foods like yoghurt (read the label to ensure it does contain probiotics) fermented vegetables, kefi and miso.
Additional supplements to assist with good gut health
If you are looking for additional support to improve your gut health on top of a high quality probiotic, we also recommend the following:
Nutralife Alovera juice plus manuka honey – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/nutralife-aloe-vera-plus-manuka-honey-500ml/
Nutralife Detox tablets – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/nutralife-detox-30-capsules/
Nutralife Digestive Emzimes – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/nutralife-digestive-enzymes-60-capsules/
Nutralife Gut Relief – https://vibrantbodies.com.au/product/nutralife-gut-relief-180g/