We are all hearing in the news and in popular culture about new health products how important it is to eat right and how to protect yourself from the side effects of unhealthy foods. Many of us have side effects that are caused by ignoring the need for gut health. Here are a few signs:
1. Bloating, diarrhea, or constipation: Digestion is harder on your body when your gut is unhealthy. This is a response caused by bad health of the gut, which should host a number of healthy bacteria that help with digestion. When these healthy bacteria are not there, a host of problems can make a difference in how we digest vitamins, which result in sending the immune system signals that show good health.
2. Frequent infections and food allergies or sensitivities: When your gut health is poor, it can cause more than stomach pain or bloating. Studies show that 60% to 80% of our immune system is what can cause infections and sensitivity.
3. Chronic depression, anxiety or mood swings: Poor gut health can cause more than stomach pain or bloating. Chronic intestinal swelling drags your health level down, which in turn can cause depression and mood swings.
4. Diabetes caused by obesity: When you are not able to digest correctly, you might suffer from obesity. That, in turn, can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
Healthy bacteria in the gut are about 80% to 85% of what is needed to keep your body healthy. There are usually 15% to 20% of unfriendly bacteria. When the gut is not healthy, these numbers can reverse, leading to the side effects listed above.
There are a number of things you can do to improve your gut health by changing the foods you eat. For example, eating more fiber can improve your gut production, which will relieve a host of side effects caused by poor gut health.
Focus on foods that aren’t processed. Added salt and sugars and unnaturally-occurring ingredients add to the side effects found in eating pre-packaged foods. Try to purchase foods that are gluten-free.
There are a number of foods that are GMO-free being offered on shelves in the store now. Educate yourself about foods that will support a healthy digestive system. Take time to read labels on the foods you buy. Remember that one of the problems with finding good foods for health is not only finding gluten-free food but GMO-free ingredients.
Ironically, foods that are known to be gluten-free include corn, flax, canola, and soy, all very commonly known to be genetically altered foods. Eating these “gluten-free” health foods with GMO ingredients can cause hindered gut health, even though supposedly they have health benefits. The uneducated public, so trusting in believing their health providers and food manufacturers, are sadly being abandoned in the name of profit.
Research on the part of the consumer leads to changes in our food habits; thirty years ago, the average person had never even heard of gluten-free benefits or the dangers of GMO. Now that we do, we can make changes in our food choices that can finally raise our gut health.
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