Bad gut health can cause a range of symptoms including:
- Changes in bowel habits – constipation and diarrhoea can be one of the first obvious symptoms. Everyone’s movements vary, so get to know what’s normal for you.
- Stomach upsets – gas, bloating and heartburn are all signs that the gut is out of balance.
- Skin problems – irritated skin, rashes and eczema can all be linked to ‘leaking’ of proteins into the body as a result of inflammation in the gut.
- Bad breath – a metallic taste in your mouth and bad breath could be a result of an imbalance in your gut’s bacteria.
- Feeling sluggish – when the gut is out of synch it can cause toxins and waste to build up, making us feel tired and sluggish.
- Trouble sleeping – the gut produces most of our serotonin (a hormone that affects mood and sleep), so when it’s damaged it can have a knock-on effect on our quality of sleep.
- Weight changes – the gut helps to absorb nutrients, regulate blood sugar and store fat. So, if you’ve lost or gained weight without making any changes to your diet or exercise regime, your gut could be to blame.