September 04, 2018
Today’s world is filled with stress and anxieties. Taking care of ourselves is even more important, and yet so many people ignore aches and pains and fight their way through each and every day. Sometimes you have no choice and just have to carry on and get through the day without any breaks or pauses, but we need to pay attention to our own bodies. They are constantly trying to tell us things, and perhaps even give us warnings of more serious issues to come. We need to listen!
We all know what a gut instinct is and have all probably had one from time to time. It is that feeling in the stomach that you are about to make a good, or bad decision. It guides us, and hopefully in to making the better choice. That’s where the expression “go with your gut” comes from. It is amazing how much our guts seem to think on their own, or at least be a vital part of the process.
The gut is a fascinating thing, and something we are now more fully understanding. It is estimated that more than 10,000 microbial species occupy the human ecosystem. This is known collectively as the gut microbiota (also known as the microbiome). Each human being has approximately 160 predominant species of bacteria in their gut, and this composition of gut microbiota is unique to each individual.
There is also much written about our gut being our second brain. The brain connects with the gut through nerves that make up the automatic nervous system. While some microorganisms and bacteria are harmful to our health, many are incredibly beneficial and necessary for the wellbeing of a healthy body. So listen to your heart, listen to your head and definitely listen to your gut. It is where a lot of our good health and wellness starts.
Heed The Signs
So what are some symptoms of an unhealthy gut? Here are a few to keep track of, and if they persist, don’t hesitate to check in with your doctor.
An Upset Stomach – Which can include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or heartburn.
An Unexpected Change In Weight – If you are gaining or losing weight unintentionally, it could be the sign of an unbalanced gut.
Bad Sleep And Constant Fatigue – If you are experiencing insomnia or difficulty staying asleep, or seem to be tired and fatigued a lot during the day, you may be having issues with serotonin levels, which are produced in the gut.
Skin Issues – Inflammation in the gut can cause your skin to get irritated and even cause conditions like eczema. In some cases, childhood eczema has been reduced and even eliminated with the use of probiotics.
Immune System Issues – Again, inflammation may be the culprit, and the cause of the immune system not functioning properly, and all of this can come from an unhealthy gut. It can also lead to autoimmune diseases, where the body actually attacks itself.
Food Issues – Many people have difficulties digesting certain types of foods, and there is evidence that these food issues and allergies can be traced to the quality of bacteria in the gut.
No one wants to experience stomach pain or nausea or the other side effects that have been previously mentioned. These are some of the signs of an unhealthy guy and should not be ignored. Visit Natren.com to learn more about these issues and how a daily probiotic can help you manage many of the symptoms of the issues you may be facing. A healthy gut is a healthy you.
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