How do we know if we have Unhealthy Gut?

How do we know if we have Unhealthy Gut?
A sigh of an unhealthy gut is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or bloating or gas but there are other signs to be aware of. Some of these signs you may have been experiencing for your whole life without realising they were related to your gut, or that there are ways to support and manage them, or even be rid of them!

Some of the sighs of an unhealthy gut are:


Bloating is a sign of excess gas in our digestive system. When we eat or drink and we don’t have enough digestive enzymes in our stomach to break it down for further digestion, our food will ‘repeat on us’ in an attempt to add more digestive enzymes in and break it down again.

How to support it

Give your stomach acid levels a boost with some added digestive enzymes, apple cider vinegar or lemon water to help break down and digest your food. Also keep a food diary on what foods trigger bloating, food repeating on you and flatulence the most and start to avoid them.

Sugar cravings

Bad bacteria affect both our food cravings and mood. Bacteria are clever and try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on. So, if you eat a lot of sugar you feed the unhelpful bacteria that love it and make you crave sugar more.

How to support it

Nourishing the right bacteria with a quality probiotic filled with the ‘good guys’ or other gut loving probiotic foods can help to eliminate the bacteria that causes us to crave unhelpful foods. Once we stop craving them, we then stop eating them and reduce ongoing challenges with weight.

Constipation, diarrhoea and gas

When the microbiome is imbalanced - meaning we have too many ‘bad’ and not enough ‘good’ bacteria - we can notice irregular bowel movements and sensations like diarrhoea and gas. The number and diversity of bacteria living inside your gut impact your overall health and wellness.

How to support it

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Eat probiotic rich foods and/or take a quality probiotic for a healthy microbiome and lower digestive system and add in digestive enzymes such as lemon water, apple cider vinegar or a digestive enzyme supplement to help break down your food.

Food intolerances and sensitivities

Food intolerances and sensitivities are often felt in our gut. When we eat certain foods we may feel immediately bloated or our bowels may suffer.
Most common food intolerances include gluten, dairy and nuts.

How to support it

Common food intolerances include gluten and dairy and are a great place to start when testing avoiding foods to improve your unhealthy gut symptoms such as bloating or indigestion.

Skin problems

Poor skin health is often linked to inflammation, which primarily starts in the gut nurturing our gut health is a great place to start for glowy, healthy skin. A common sign of food intolerances is eczema.

How to support it

Nurture your gut lining by drinking plenty of gut loving bone broth Topping this up with some anti-inflammatory rich foods will also help you soothe and heal the skin.

Poor sleep and low energy

Having a healthy gut is vital to a good night’s sleep and having a good night's sleep supports a healthy gut. This is because we need a healthy gut to ensure our sleep hormone, melatonin, and our awake hormone, cortisol, are flowing in the right amounts and at the right time.
We also need a healthy gut in order to absorb the nutrients we ingest every day. If we can’t absorb those nutrients, then our body doesn’t have the right fuel to give us that get-up-and-go energy that we need each day.

How to support it

The first step in getting a healthy gut is to balance our microbiome. Taking a high quality probiotic rich foods which will dominate the bad bacteria. ‘Bad’ bacteria leads to craving food that is less nutritionally dense and makes it harder for our bodies to absorb the nutrients that give us energy.

Andriana xx

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