Over the past few days I’ve shared a few posts about gut health. Not the most glamorous topic or even one that you might think about. Yet, your gut health is so critically important to your energy levels, your risk of chronic diseases including diabetes and cancer, and your current levels of health and happiness. As a nurse, health coach, and someone who has struggled with gut health, it really matters. So today I want to talk about how to know if your gut health and digestive system are in good shape or if you could use a little extra help.
#1 Food Sensitivities
Are there some foods that make you feel ill? Symptoms can be gentle at first. Maybe you always feel tired or mentally foggy after eating a particular food. Perhaps you don’t sleep well after eating certain foods or you feel nauseated. Food sensitivities can cause anything from digestive trouble to skin issues. Yes, some people get rashes after eating certain foods. If you find that you have food sensitivities, there’s a very good chance your digestive system is compromised. Strengthening it will reduce your sensitivities, and in some cases it can eliminate them.
#2 Digestive Distress
This may seem like a no brainer, but so many people simply write off digestive distress. Yet, if it’s chronic, then it’s important to take a look at
your gut health. If you’re popping acid relievers, or you’re often bloated, gassy, or you struggle with IBS, it’s time to take steps to improve your gut health.
#3 Anxiety &/Or Depression
As mentioned in 5 Real Reasons Your Gut Health Matters, gut health has been connected to anxiety and depression symptoms. There are more than 50 studies to date that show a positive correlation between your gut and your mental health. If you experience anxiety or depression, or both, or you’re on medication. Take steps to improve your gut health and talk to your doctor.
#4 Skin Issues
Acne, rashes, eczema and other skin conditions are often vastly improved when your gut health is addressed. Your skin is your largest organ and when your digestive system is compromised, your skin often shows the first signs of trouble.
#5 Weight Gain
People with an unhealthy gut often aren’t getting the nutrients that they need from their food. Your body then sends signals to your brain that you need to eat more, to get the nutrients you need, and you overeat. I’ve coached clients who lost significant amounts of weight (and felt amazingly better) once they cleaned up their diet and took simple steps to improve their gut health.
Other signs of compromised gut health include:
- Joint Pain
- Mental fogginess
- Getting sick often
One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to recognize the signs your body is sending you about your gut health and to take steps to improve it. It doesn’t have to be complicated and while improving your gut health isn’t an overnight process (it can take up to six months), it’s worth the effort.
When your digestion is healthy, you just feel good. You eat less, you sleep better, you have more energy, and you can walk with confidence knowing that you’re doing the right things to live a healthy life.
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