These are among the most common signs of gut dysbiosis I see clinically. How many of these 12 do you regularly experience? If you experience even one of these problems below, you may benefit from a free consult with me to learn more about how to properly address the issue.
- You experience bloating, gas, and other post-meal issues.
Believe it or not, those symptoms are NOT normal after you eat. You shouldn’t feel weighed down, sluggish, bloated with stomach pains after you finish your meal. Those are all signs of a gut issue. Don’t settle for sick.
- Yeast infections are frequent.
Processed foods, sugar, and food additives promote harmful bacteria growth and yeast in the body. Unfortunately, that’s what the standard American diet (SAD) is full of. It’s time to make a change!
- Losing weight is a struggle, no matter what you do.
Too much harmful bacteria in the gut can not only alter the way your body stores fat but can knock your hormones and blood glucose levels out of balance, too. This paves the road for obesity and the diseases that follow… diabetes, heart disease, etc.
- You have a sweet tooth.
Sugar cravings are often a result of yeast overgrowth and gut issues. The sugar feeds the yeast which continues to grow, which increases the cravings and so on and so forth. This leads to the production of neurotoxins that cause symptoms like mental fog, mood swings, headaches, poor concentration, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Put the sugar down!
- Your immune system is compromised.
If you get sick a lot, that could be the first sign of poor gut health. About 70 percent of your immune system lies in your gut and one of your gut’s primary roles is to maintain an immune barrier to the outside world.
- You need to RUN to the bathroom a lot.
Let’s first clarify: feeling the need to bolt to the bathroom after a meal is not normal. You can almost be certain your gut is out of whack. Frequent diarrhea or loose stools accompanied by bloating, cramps, constipation, and gas can be referred to as IBS. There is an underlying issue causing this… and it starts in your gut.
- You take medications for some serious acid reflux.
Acid indigestion, heartburn, burping, gas, bloating in your upper abdomen, nausea before or after meals means you have a stomach acid imbalance. Many people choose medications to resolve these issues. This can end up doing more harm than good. Take a look at your diet and lifestyle before anything else.
- You really crave some carbs.
Simple carbohydrates that are found in white starches, sugars, fruit, processed foods, juices, sweets and desserts feed gut yeast! If you have a yeast overgrowth, you may crave those foods listed. Balance your gut bacteria to kill the cravings.
- You suffer from constipation.
An unbalanced gut microbiome can be the cause of constipation. Poor sleep, thyroid issues, and dehydration are a few issues that could be contributing to your constipation. It’s crucial you have a bowel movement at least once a day so your body can get rid of toxins and waste. Drink at least 64oz of water a day and increase your fiber intake to help intervene with constipation.
- You are a victim of fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and other painful conditions.
As studies continue, experts are able to prove gut inflammation contribute to osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. There is absolutely an association between gut inflammation and pain.
- Your memory isn’t great and you have brain fog.
It’s hard for some to believe and people often forget but there is a gut to brain connection. Yeast overgrowth, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), leaky gut, and other gut conditions can leave you feeling mentally fuzzy and frequently struggling with memory! So don’t forget… your gut health affects your brain health.
- You can’t seem to catch enough Zzz’s.
If you continue to feel sluggish and exhausted, even after a good night of sleep, you’re most likely suffering from gut conditions like SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and leaky gut.
If you’re familiar with at least one of these, it’s time to rethink your diet and nutrition. The food you consume is either carrying you closer to health or closer to disease. Your choice.
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