The gut of the human body is also called digestive system. It is composed of several parts. It is composed of mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It is the passageway from which food is passed throughout the human body.
Gut health is very important to maintain a healthy digestive system. Probiotics help to maintain our gut health. They are also called as “good bacteria” found mostly in yogurt and helps in digestion of food.
You can promote your gut health through the following methods:
Take a quality probiotic
Always choose probiotics that maintains your healthy intestinal Microflora. Look for these qualities of probiotics. It must contain 50 to 75 CFU (colony forming units). Choose encapsulated pills because they help bacteria in surviving in the acidic environment of the stomach.
Avoid overuse of antibiotics
Antibiotics kill bacteria. Although harmful bacteria cause certain diseases and problems to human health. So antibiotics are required to kill them. But the overuse of antibiotics kills the useful bacteria that are required for gut health.
Use fermented foods in your diet
Use fermented foods in your diet as they contain probiotics required for your gut health. Avoid preserved ones, as bacteria get killed during pasteurization. The following foods are fermented one’s sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchee and kefir.
Lessen the intake of refined sugar
Intake of refined sugar causes many problems like inflammation, weight gain, and hormonal imbalance. These problems will promote the growth of the harmful bacteria of gut and upset gut health. Avoid use of highly refined sugars like high-fructose corn syrup.
If the bacteria in your gut are not working well or if they are absent, it can cause many problems. The caused problems may be or may not be related to the gut.
If you are facing stomach problems like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation then these all are indications of an unhealthy gut. A balanced gut has rapid food processing along with balanced waste elimination.
Unintended weight changes
If you are gaining or losing weight without any changes in your diet plan there is a gut problem. An impaired gut can affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, regulate blood glucose level and store fats. Weight loss is caused by small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), weight gain occurs due to insulin resistance.
Sleep disturbances or fatigue problems
An unhealthy gut cause sleep problems like insomnia and poor sleep which leads to severe fatigue. A hormone called as “serotonin” is produced by the gut. This hormone controls your sleep and mood. An unhealthy gut will lead to sleep problems.
An unhealthy gut increases inflammation and effects the proper functioning of the immune system. This can lead to autoimmune disease, where the body attacks itself rather than outside harmful invaders.
Food intolerance is defined as an inability to digest food. It is also said as a difficulty in digesting food. It is different than food allergy. If gut bacteria are absent these problems are caused and leads to problems like bloating, abdominal pain and nausea.