5 signs that your gut needs help

Having an unhealthy gut can impact your body in more ways that you’d expect. With the gut playing a part in your skin and brain health, it’s important to look after your gut and make sure that you’re following a gut friendly diet.

Your gut will tell you that it’s struggling in a number of different ways. These common signs may include:

Bloating, constipation, gas or diarrhoea

Having an upset stomach is an extremely common sign that your gut is in a bad way. These signs should not be ignored. Not only is it extremely uncomfortable to deal with but it can also affect your day to day routine.

Apple cider vinegar is a great way to try and prevent/ beat the bloat. We recommend taking your daily dose of ACV first thing in the morning. Alternatively, you can dilute 25ml ACV with some water and make yourself a pre-meal drink in an attempt to prevent the bloat.

ACV has also been known to help the digestive system, helping to stop / prevent constipation.

Skin issues

Some more visible symptoms of an unhealthy gut are:

– Eczema

– Psoriasis

– Acne

– Dermatitis

Having an imbalanced microbiome will increase how sensitive your skin is which can make you more prone to suffering from any of the above.

Chronic fatigue

One study showed that almost half of people with fatigue also suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). An unhealthy gut can really take a toll on your energy and alertness levels. It can also result in you having trouble sleeping. Due to the majority of your body’s serotonin being located in your gut, if there’s any inflammation there, this can affect both your mood and sleep.

Food intolerances

Did you know that food intolerances can be caused by low quality bacteria in the gut? If you find yourself struggling with digesting certain foods and you end up with bloating, gas, abdominal pain etc. this could be a result of an unhealthy gut.

Unintentional weight changes

Having fluctuations in your weight can be due to an unhealthy gut. An imbalanced gut can affect your body’s ability to store fat, regulate blood sugar and how it absorbs nutrients.

How to ‘reset’ your gut

There are several ways in which you can attempt a ‘gut reset’. This is basically going through the motions of trying to maintain balance in your gut.

1. Take probiotics & prebiotics

2. Change your diet (reduce the amount of processed foods you’re eating and increase the amount of fruit, veg and fibre you’re consuming each day)

3. Stay hydrated

4. Eat your meals slower

5. Try relaxation methods to increase the quality of your sleep each night

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