What is gut dysbiosis?You may have heard of the gut microbiome lately. It contains trillions of different types of bacteria that live mostly in your gut. Most of these bacteria are good for you, supporting your digestion, metabolism, immune system, and protecting you from infections and harmful bacteria. But what if you don’t have enough good bacteria in your gut? Then harmful bacteria find their way into your gut lining, causing an imbalance in your gut microbiome. This imbalance is called dysbiosis. Gut health is about maintaining the right balance in your gut microbiome. An unbalanced microbiome affects vital biological functions that can lead to a wide range of health issues, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), cancer, obesity, and others.
What causes dysbiosis?Anything that changes your body’s microbial composition can cause dysbiosis. However, common factors include:
- Pesticides and other toxins
- Overeating certain food ingredients (notably sugary foods and refined carbohydrates)
- Excessive alcohol
- Eating too fast and not chewing well
Symptoms of gut dysbiosisCommon symptoms of dysbiosis include digestive problems like gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhoea. However, it’s important to remember that even though dysbiosis originates in the gut, you can have it without any noticeable digestive symptoms because the microbiome affects many bodily functions.
How to prevent dysbiosis and improve gut healthThe same basic things I keep repeating that you need for your body to function well — healthy diet, exercise, low stress, and work-life balance — also applies to gut health. Here are some more tips to improve your gut health.
- Chew your food well. Chewing your food thoroughly, ideally until liquid, helps your digestive tract break down small pieces of food into micronutrients that can pass into your bloodstream. The aim is to ensure that inadequately digested foods do not remain in your gut for too long.
- Avoid substances that harm the gut. The big ones to avoid are prescription antibiotics, sugary foods, white flour products, and alcohol. These can damage the good bacteria in the gut and promote the development of harmful bacteria.
- Improve your sleep. During deep and restful sleep, your body works to repair damaged areas and produce hormones you need to keep your gut healthy.
- Take gut health/rebuilding supplements. Help correct dysbiosis by providing your body with more good bacteria to rebalance the gut. To support digestion and gut health, I recommend:
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