Confession: we’re obsessed with gut health. It’s amazing! Yes, we know we’ve talked about having a healthy gut before but it seems like every month there’s a new incredible study linking our guts to our mental and physical well-being.
If we haven’t convinced you that the health of your gut should be a priority then read on and prepared to be amazed!
People have been linking mental health and mood to the health of our guts for over 100 years and only today are scientists able to confirm that they are in fact, linked. You may have noticed that your digestion is affected when you’re stressed and many of us believed it was a side effect of putting too much (metaphorically) on our plate. But what if it was the other way around?
Research has shown that the bacteria in your gut can play a part in your mental state (and vice versa). Gut microbiota influences serotonin and dopamine production. In fact, more than 90% of the body’s serotonin is found in the gut.
In one study, depressed rats were successfully treated given probiotic supplements for their guts. If you’re feeling less than yourself, find a health professional but be sure to ask about potential ways to support your road to health with a strong gut!
Just like anxiety and depression, inflammation has been linked to an imbalance of microbes in your gut. Too much yeast in our guts can also cause inflammation in our bodies and immune stress. We like to think of inflammation as similar to suffering from headaches, they’re both usually symptoms of something else (a wide range of potential issues) but it can never hurt to talk to a nutritionist or your doctor if you’re suffering from inflammation to see if your gut health can improve.
Experiencing unexplainable weight loss or gain? An imbalanced gut can block your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, regulate blood sugar, and store fat. Which means weight loss may be caused by small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. If your gut is having trouble absorbing nutrients, it can cause you to overeat as well.
We’ll admit it, this one might be a little more obvious. If you’re one of 60 million Americans who suffers from IBS, you’ll probably be interested to learn that many people have been able to ease or even eliminate symptoms by concentrating on what exactly is inflaming their gut: allergies, stress, or even sometimes, an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. The not-so-good news is that there is no one-fix-all solution for IBS but the good news is that by focusing on what exactly is putting your gut out of whack, you’re closer to fixing it. One way to try to improve your gut health is by eliminating yeast (to see if you have too much yeast in your system) or by taking a probiotic.
If we’d only known in high school that gut health could be the culprit and potentially the solution for some of our skin issues, we would have saved a lot of time and money! Numerous studies published in the Journal of Dermatology have linked gastrointestinal issues to the development of skin issues like dermatitis, acne, and rosacea. Some of these studies have even shown that skin conditions can improve with simply taking a probiotic daily!
Want to read more about gut health? Read our article ‘Do You Have a Healthy Gut?‘ next!