You do know that the foods we eat can either enhance or worsen your state of health.
If you consume processed and refined foods, it will increase the building up of trans fat in your body. This form of fat is difficult for the body to digest and with time will ultimately be stored up.
There is a natural amount of good bacteria in your gut that helps you digest the foods that you eat. It is believed than any imbalance in this intestinal flora can have a great effect on your health overall and can lead to breakouts, autoimmune illnesses, weight problems and even anxiety issues.
The types of food we eat can affect the number of good bacteria in our guts. In addition, other factors, such as taking antibiotics or other medication can also destroy the good bacteria along with the harmful bacteria. It is important, therefore, to be aware of imbalances of good bacteria in your gut.
Here ae 10 signs to watch out for:
- Weight gain
- Sugar cravings
- Mental fogginess
- Joint pain
- Behavioral and learning problems
- Digestive problems (constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, bloating, abdominal pain)
- Skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, hives and acne.
- Recurrent yeast infections
Health issues linked to an imbalance in gut bacteria
Inflammation of joints
An imbalance in your gut bacteria can lead to inflammation of your joints for which the bad bacteria will be responsible for the inflammation.
Risk of weight gain
When there are sufficient good bacteria in your gut, you can digest food more easily and quickly. This increased metabolism rate helps your body to regulate weight. An imbalance can increase the risk of gaining weight.
It can affect your mood and emotional state.
An imbalance in gut bacteria can really affect your mood and make you anxious. It can trigger mood swings, tantrums, and depression.
What you can do to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria
- Reduce your consumption of all refined and processed foods
Bacteria, yeast and parasites tend to thrive on sugar and this is provided by the refined and processed foods that you eat. To keep these pathogens in check, you need to cut down on your intake of sugar and flour products.
- Consume Prebiotics
Prebiotics are foods such as garlic, onions, leeks, okra, asparagus, and beans. These actually feed the good bacteria in your gut and boost their growth.
- Consume Probiotics
These are foods which will boost your gut microbiome and they include yogurt, kefir, kimchi, vegetables, kombucha, and sauerkraut.
- Use anti-microbial herbs and supplements
You can destroy the pathogens in your gut, like bacteria, yeast and parasites, with certain anti-microbial herbs and supplements. You can ask for these supplements from your health store.
Source: The Hearty Soul