The THREE little-known symptoms of an unhealthy stomach are revealed


Problems with bacteria in the gut can result from food intolerances and cause poor digestion, bloating, gas and stomach pain

Revealed: The THREE little-known signs your gut isn’t healthy

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Many health-related clues may be found in your stomach, particularly indications that something isn’t quite right within.

You should be wary of more than simply diarrhea and stomach pains, though.

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Problems with bacteria in the gut can result from food intolerances and cause poor digestion, bloating, gas and stomach pain

Wind

The organization Guts UK claims that the typical individual experiences up to 40 windbreaks every day.

However, if you have gas after consuming a certain item, it may indicate that your intestines aren’t properly breaking down the food.

According to Anna Pettit, a dietician and gut expert at the gut health clinic, a little gas and bloating is really typical and a sign that someone’s microbiota is hard at work digesting food fiber that we lack the enzymes to break down, so the microbiota does it for us.

“However, persistent severe abdominal bloating and excessive flatulence, often accompanied by other troublesome bowel symptoms such as loose stools and/or an urge to go, may be a sign of malabsorption.”

According to Ms. Pettit, this can be caused by food intolerances, such as lactose intolerance.

It occurs when people lack adequate amounts of an enzyme called lactase, which helps digest lactose — a sugar found in dairy products.

Mrs Pettit said: ‘Sometimes these malabsorptive symptoms are caused by the pancreas not producing enough enzymes to properly digest food.

“The stool may also be orange or pale in color with bits of undigested food along with bloating and excessive wind.”

If you experience persistent bloating or if it is accompanied by sudden weight loss, abdominal pain or diarrhoea, you should see a GP as this could be a symptom of a more serious bowel condition, according to Guts UK.

Mood swings

A healthy gut can also mean a healthy mind, according to experts.

‘Our digestive and mental health are linked through the gut-brain axis – directional communication between the brain and gut,’ says Ms Pettit.

“Any disturbance along the gut-brain axis can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.”

Disruption is caused by an imbalance between microorganisms in the gut, which are responsible for maintaining a healthy digestive system.

When too many “bad” bacteria grow in the gut, it can lead to mental problems, as well as physical problems, studies suggest.

Experts say this may be because the gut supplies about 95 percent of the body’s serotonin — the hormone that influences mood and emotion.

Skin problems

Some foods can cause you to get pimples.

Refined sugar and saturated fat can often be the culprits of bad skin, as they can cause an imbalance of gut bacteria – known as dysbiosis.

This can contribute to skin problems such as acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and even dandruff.

Just like the gut-brain axis, there is also a gut-skin axis.

Intestinal microbes are not provided with the right microbes in those who eat unhealthy.

This can lead to dysbiosis, which the immune system compensates to activate the inflammatory response.

Ms Pettit said: ‘Many skin conditions are caused by the dysbiosis of the gut microbiota. Gut dysbiosis can lead to rashes, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and others because they are all caused by inflammation.”

Revealed: The THREE little-known signs that your gut isn’t healthy