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Could Your Stressful Lifestyle Be Why Your Gut Bacteria Are Out Of Whack?

Could Your Stressful Lifestyle Be Why Your Gut Bacteria Are Out Of Whack?

Scientists are finding new evidence on an almost daily basis that the bacteria that live in our gut have a big impact on our health. But, unfortunately, the constant assault from processed foods, toxic chemicals and medications can leave them a little worse for wear.

The Consequences Of Poor Microbiome Health

The consequences of the microbiome (the name that scientists give to the ecosystem living in your gut) being out of whack can be quite severe – and unpleasant. According to experts in the medical sector, poor gut health can manifest as bloating, constipation and diarrhea, and in some cases, blood in the stool.

Often, changes in gut bacteria occur quickly, over the course of a few days rather than weeks as many imagine. Just a single fatty or sugary meal can lead to overgrowth of certain bacteria which, in turn, can cause unpleasant symptoms later on.

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Poor microbiome health has also been implicated in many more dangerous conditions. It’s believed that a certain balance of bacteria in the gut can lead, if left unchecked, to inflammatory bowel disorders, like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. So how do you know you’ve got a problem?

You’re Constantly Craving Certain Foods

When your gut bacteria are out of whack, it’s common to crave certain types of food, especially sugary desserts. But far from solving the problem, these foods can actually make things worse, causing an even greater overgrowth of bacteria you don’t want. The first thing to do is to stop eating the problem foods. If you still have problems, then try using colonic irrigation to flush out any remaining candida overgrowth and return the colon to normal. Getting excess yeast out of your body is essential.

You’re Feeling Depressed

Most of the serotonin in your body is made in the gut, not the brain. But if your gut bacteria is out of balance, then you could be getting less of this vital neurotransmitter than you need. And if that happens, you can suddenly find yourself feeling blue for no reason.

You’ve Got Skin Rashes

If you’re somebody who has never suffered from skin rashes before but suddenly find yourself breaking out in eczema or another condition, then it might be time to consider your gut flora. According to doctor Victoria Maizes at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, many skin conditions develop as a result of an imbalance in gut bacteria. Skin can become inflamed and broken, especially if the immune system is sent into overdrive by bacteria from the gut entering the bloodstream through the broken gut wall.

You Suffer From Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune conditions occur when the body’s own defense system attacks otherwise healthy tissues, causing disease. It was once thought that rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, was a disease of aging. But it turns out that the primary culprit is no longer wear and tear, but inflammation in the joints resulting from a confused immune system. Our immune systems can become confused if they are exposed to certain gut bacteria, and this can lead to disease.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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