Recently, the issue of the balance of microorganisms in the intestinal tract or the gut microbiome has been very common in the health news, with specific emphasis on skin issues, weight, mood disorders and autoimmune conditions.
Moreover, unluckily, the overconsumption of antibiotics, a combination of the North American diet, fermented food deficiency and use of antibacterial products has led to an imbalance in the gut microbiome.
However, when do we know when something is wrong with our gut microbiome? And what can we do about it? Gut bacteria affect people’s overall health. However, not all gut bacteria are equal.
Moreover, good gut bacteria enhance digestion, boost up the immune system, and regulate the vitamins that are necessary for the body. On the other hand, bad gut bacteria lead to skin issues, mental issues, etc. But how to find out that if your gut bacteria are imbalanced?
COMMON SIGNS OF IMBALANCE IN THE GUT MICROBIOME
Here are the most common signs that you have imbalance of microorganisms in the intestinal tract:
• Metal fog
• Depression and anxiety
• Joint pain
• Behavioral or learning difficulties
• Eczema, acne, psoriasis and hives
• Wight gain
• Sugar craving
• Yeast infection
• Mineral and vitamin deficiency, like lack of vitamin K, vitamin D, vitamin B12, magnesium, etc.
• Chronic stress
• Skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea
• Autoimmune diseases, like Hashimoto’s, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Digestive issues, such as: diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, heartburn, constipation, bloated stomach, abdominal pain, bad breath, indigestion, irritable bowel diseases, like Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s.
SIGNIFICANT IMPLICATIONS OF AN IMBALANCE IN THE GUT MICROBIOME
A healthy microbiome is essential for weight loss. According to the recent studies, you can boost up your metabolism by rebalancing the microorganisms in the intestinal tract.
The presence of bacteria or other microorganisms in the gut may cause inflammation, which will result in body itching, joint pain, skin issues or even autoimmune disorders.
If you experience an imbalance of the gut microbiome, you will also suffer from anxiety, depression, brain fog and fatigue. In addition, stress also has side effects on the gut microbiome, digestion, mood and the overall health.
HOW TO IMPROVE AN IMBALANCED GUT MICROBIOME
There are foods rich in insulin, fiber and arabinogalactans, which enhance the healthy bacteria in the gut. Okra, leeks, carrots, asparagus, onions, beans, garlic, artichokes are among the prebiotic foods.
Probiotics enhance the balance of the gut microbiome. You can use them as supplements in the form of powder or capsules, or from organic fermented foods, like kimchi, pickled vegetables, kombucha, kefir, yoghurt, and sauerkraut.
• Lower sugar intake and avoid food made with flour
Most bad bacteria or pathogenic organisms feed from the diet that is rich in sugar or refined carbohydrates. It is essential to lower the intake of these foods in order to regulate the gut microbiome.
• Anti-microbial supplements
Sometimes, the increase of prebiotics and probiotics is not enough. The use of anti-microbial supplements and herbs will help you to get rid of pathogenic organisms, like bacteria, parasites or yeast, in the gut.
Here are some common anti-microbial supplements and herbs:
- Uva ursi
- Olive leaf extract
- Caprylic acid
- Grapefruit seed extract
• Manage your stress
One of the most efficient ways to enhance the gut health is to be able to manage your stress. Making time to reduce stress will lower inflammation, cortisol levels and enhance your gut health, too.
Take time and get enough sleep in order to reduce stress and enhance your gut health. In addition, make sure you sleep enough. Lack of sleep increases cortisol levels, which damage the gut. Sleep at least 7 hours per night.
To sum up, if you notice these signs of imbalance gut microbiome, there are a few remedies that will help you regulate it. Nowadays, science is relating gut issues to issues with the body and the mind.
However, you can easily keep the gut healthy. All you have to do is to avoid toxic substance and food, to use more fermented food and probiotics, and to manage your stress levels. If you change your gut, you will change your life.