Updated: Nov 13, 2019
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Are you one of the millions of Americans that suffers from a chronic issue or chronic disease? There's a good chance that your issue stems from a gut imbalance.
Our gut is responsible for every process in our body- from breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and vitamins, detoxing our body, and digesting food. Did you know that 80% of our immune system is held in the gut? If any one of the components of our gut is out of whack, it can throw our whole body out of whack.
Today, I go over the common signs that your gut is imbalanced.
Do you suffer from chronic low energy? This could be a sign that your body isn't digesting your food properly. The more that our body struggles to digest food, the less energy we have. If our food isn't digesting right, that means that there's an issue in our gut.
Digestive Issues + IBS
If you're somebody that suffers from IBS or any kind of digestive issue, the issue stems from the gut. When we feel stressed, our gut nervous system starts to shut down, our digestive enzyme production stops functioning properly, and our muscular reflect system- the system that helps push our waste out of our body- stops working properly.
We have this gut-brain access that is connected. When our brain and body feels stress, all of these important digestive systems start shutting down, and it creates gut inflammation and imbalance
Anxiety, depression and mood disorders often start from inflammation in the gut. As stated above, digestive distress creates inflammation. Inflammation affects your mood so if you are dealing with anxiety, depression, or severe mood swings, it's possible that it is stemming from a gut imbalance.
Autoimmune and Auto-inflammatory Conditions
Autoimmune conditions like celiac disease and auto-inflammatory conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, are known to stem from inflamed gut. Things that are inflammatory include processed food, a poor diet, and environmental factors.
If you suffer from any kind of thyroid issue, a low-sex drive, brain fog, weight gain, extreme PMS, or irregular periods, it's likely that you are experiencing a hormone imbalance. SO many people experience these issues on a daily basis and think that they are normal. They don't have to be.
Hormone imbalance stems from the gut. Our gut helps regulate hormones. If that's out of whack then the signals our gut sends to our hormone regulation system are disrupted and we suffer.
Acid Reflux + Heart Burn
Acid reflux and heartburn are also known to start from the gut. People often think that acid reflux stems from having too much acid in our system but that's not the case. We need acid in our stomach to help break down and digest our food. The problem arises when our digestive system and gut aren't functioning properly. The acid moves from our stomach (where it's supposed to be) and into our esophagus, creating the burn sensation that you feel.
60 million Americans suffer from acid reflex, GERD, or heart burn. It just doesn't have to be this way. You don't need to be on a daily medication to help minimize your symptoms. You can start there, but you really wanna get to the root of the issue. A diet high in processed food, sugar, caffeine, acidic foods, and spicy foods disrupt our gut microbiome, disrupting our gut lining, and creating acid reflux.
Stress levels also affect our gut and can create issues where we start to feel acid reflux-type symptoms. How we eat can also induce acid reflux. If we're eating really late at night then lay down to go to bed, it disrupts the way our body digests our food, which can create acid reflux symptoms.
If you're somebody that has big mood swings, brain fog, chronic fatigue, skin issues, allergies, and chronic yeast infections, you could be struggling with something called candida overgrowth. Candida is a yeast that we need in our gut. However, due to lifestyle factors, we can build up too much candida and that creates these issues. A candida overgrowth often starts because we are eating too much sugar, processed foods, high exposure to antibiotics, long term birth control use, and excess alcohol consumption.
If you're somebody that suffers with from these symptoms, it could be a candida overgrowth in the gut.
Allergies and Food Intolerances
Another symptom of an imbalanced gut is food intolerance or allergies. Our gut is supposed to take in nutrients, absorbs the good stuff and get rid of the bad stuff. If the gut isn't working right or we have a leaky gut, it starts to see normal food as a pathogen and something that it needs to fight off. Your body becomes inflamed because it is "fighting" and you start to have uncomfortable symptoms from food or environmental factors. An imbalanced gut can definitely affect the foods that should typically feel good in your body.
Lastly, if you are somebody that is sick often, that definitely could stem from the gut. 70-80% of our immune system is housed in our gut. We need a lot of good bacteria to fight off bad bacteria when it enters the body. If you're not regularly getting good bacteria (variety of soluble fiber), then it can affect your immunity.
EEEEEEKKKK!!!! What to do???
If you're somebody that suffers from any of these issues, it's time for you to really start to focus on your gut. I can support you in a couple of ways.
First, click here to check out my post about the Big 7! I go over the seven biggest gut disruptors that we're exposed to on a daily basis and how to minimize your exposure to them.
Secondly, if you're really ready for a full overhaul and you really want to start healing your gut, checkout my January Gut Health Group!!!
In January I'm taking on a group of 10 people, meeting online on a weekly basis for a group coaching session catered toward gut health. We'll be going over everything gut- probiotics, prebiotics, hormone balance, leaky gut, how you can heal yourself and your gut from inflammation, how to manage stress so your gut thrives, how to minimize acid reflux symptoms, and more!
I will offer basic daily habits that you can incorporate to support your gut and I will be sharing meal plans and recipes to help you crowd out all of the ingredients that don't support your gut so that you can start to live a healthy and happy, gut nourishing life!
If you want more info, shoot me a DM, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I can throw you on the wait list so you can be one of the first people to know when the Gut Health Group signup is live and get all of the info you need. Like I said, there are only TEN spots, so space is limited.
Thanks for reading!