Gut health is getting to be a more popular topic these days. That’s because digestive distress and disease are so prevalent. I bet that you or someone you know talks about one of these diseases or symptoms listed below.
Some commons symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Food intolerance
Digestive issues can be a nuisance and also sometimes life threatening.
Some common diseases are:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS), which is further classified into IBS-D (diarrhea), IBS-C (constipation), and IBS-M (mixed)
- GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Gut infections, including H. Pylori, candida overgrowth, Lyme disease, C. diff, etc.
Aside from just affecting the GI tract, if leaky gut develops this can lead to other symptoms as well like fatigue, anxiety and brain fog as well as skin rashes and a weakened immune system.
The main contributors to digestive illness are:
- Chronic stress. Stress creates imbalances in the nervous system.
- Harmful pesticides. Pesticides are known to disrupt the environment of the GI tract and contribute to leaky gut and dysbiosis.
- Standard American Diet (SAD). This diet is high is carbohydrates, refined sugar, toxic seed oils and heavily processed foods. SAD is low in fiber and nutrient dense vegetables and fruits. This sets the stage for leaky gut, inflammation and a compromised immune system.
- Dysbiosis, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut can make it hard for the beneficial bacteria to do their job in protecting the lining of the gut.
The good news:
You can change take control of your digestive wellness with a healthy diet, stress reduction, limiting exposure to toxins and re-balancing your gut microbiome.
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