It's really time to give your gut some love
If our gut microbiome is not healthy that affects so many other parts of our body systems that we can feel completely out of whack - it even affects our hormones, cravings, food choices and our weightloss.
There are more of these microbes in your gut than we have human cells in our body! That means that you have many trillions of bacteria on and in you. Each of these microbes carries genetic material in the form of DNA. The whole collection of this community’s DNA is called the microbiome. And they talk to all the systems in our body. Clever huh!
How do we know if our gut bacteria is out of balance?
There are many tell-tale signs that your gut health needs some love but here are a few examples of too many bad gut bacteria and not enough good bacteria in your gut - or an unhealthy microbiome.
- you get sick a lot
- your diet is mainly processed foods and high in sugar
- you have multiple food allergies/intolerances
- it seems like you are allergic to just about everything
- you have an autoimmune disease
- you have unhealthy skin
- you get yeast infections
- your digestion and bowel movements are erratic
- you get indigestion and digestion pains
- you get sinus infections regularly
- you feel tired a lot
Sound like you?
You are not alone. This takes into account so many people in the modern age of processed foods and a busy lifestyle. But - it's not too late to turn things around.
How can millions of microscopic microflora (as our gut bacteria are sometimes called) have such a huge impact on our health?
Well, for starters, there are lots of them, they have their own DNA, and they interact with just about every biological system in our body.
Do you get sugar and carb cravings?
It could be your gut talking!
A diet high in processed foods and added sugars can decrease the number of good bacteria in your gut. This imbalance can cause increased sugar cravings, which can damage your gut still further.
High amounts of refined sugars, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, have been linked to increased inflammation in the body.
When sugar, processed food-loving bacteria start to occupy a disproportionate amount of your gut microbiome, they demand more of it.
An imbalanced gut can greatly reduce your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, regulate blood sugar, and store fat. Weight gain may be caused by insulin resistance or the urge to overeat due to decreased nutrient absorption.
Your gut bacteria has been found in studies to actually influence the foods that you desire. And not in a good way.
Bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation can be can all be signs of an unhealthy gut. And yes - you can have all of these within days of each other.
Unbalanced gut health will have difficulty processing food and eliminating waste effectively.
Yeast infections are often a result of yeast or fungal overgrowth in the gut. When you take antibiotics, they are indiscriminate bacteria killers, destroying the bad along with the good bacteria that help keep yeast populations in check.
Too much sugar in your diet can also feed the fungus. It's a vicious cycle. But it can be broken.
Approximately 70% of our immune system is centered in the gut. An unbalanced microbiome can lead to compromised immune function and greater vulnerability to disease and infection. This means we get sick more often!
I used to get sinus infections all the time when I had a Leaky Gut and Unhealthy microbiome.
A study from the University of California San Francisco found that chronic sinus infections were linked with a lack of bacterial diversity, as well as a lack of certain bacteria, in the sinus microbiome (the bacteria that inhabit the sinus cavity) ; however, the gut microbiome likely influences it as well.
Links to Autoimmune Disease and Unbalanced Gut Bacteria.
Because of your gut’s connections to the immune system, autoimmune disease has been linked to an unhealthy microbiome. Research has shown that abnormal population levels and/or species of gut microbiota may cause or contribute to some autoimmune diseases, for instance to Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is the autoimmune version of Hypothyroidism but it's actually more likely that your leaky gut (which is a product of an unhealthy gut microbiome over time) is the cause of Hashimoto's Autoimmune disease. But it's all related to the same issue - gut health or lack thereof.
So how can we fix our Gut health and can we get better?
Lifestyle choices and diet play a huge part in healing your gut - which brings me to my Gut Health Challenge - since so many of you have asked for one!
It starts on January 10th, 2022 - if you are reading this later than that then please know the page will let you know when the next one is planned for.
To sign up go to https://www.healingwithhashimotos.com/gut-healing-challenge and every participant goes into the draw to win a spot on my Fatigued to Fantastic Program!
What we need to address is the balance of good and bad bacteria. We can do this by choosing foods that help the good bacteria. And by doing that the bad bacteria have nothing to feed off.
Getting some good sleep (take magnesium) and reducing stress levels also will help.
But I'd love to see you in the Challenge! I'll go live every day in our own pop-up private Facebook Group, plus you get some online training each day for 5 days!
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