What happens to the condition of your gut bacteria affects all of you.
With the ability to control your mood, how sore you feel in your joints and even how much energy you have every day --your gut has a lot more control over the rest of your body than you may realize.
Today we discuss how exactly your gut has power over so many other areas of your body, and how you can take back some of that control.
You feel exhausted (way more often than you feel you should)
One of the reasons you may be feeling so tired and out of energy all the time is because your body is not breaking down food in the manner it should.
Our urge to eat comes from the natural desire to gather more energy. We feel hungry when we are low on “fuel”, and that’s when our body craves food the most. The longer we go without gathering more fuel, the less energetic we tend to feel. However, some people may feel a lack of energy even after they eat --and it’s because your gut bacteria is not breaking down the food you are eating into usable energy.
You can correct this feeling of exhaustion by supplying your gut bacteria with reinforcement. Years and years of eating the wrong things can cause your gut to be overrun with bad bacteria-- a move that will make your gut severely inefficient in providing your body usable energy.
Taking a break from all processed foods (and even meats) are a great way to put your gut back on track to optimal health. You can also give your gut a helping hand by giving it an extra boost from a probiotic, which sends a surge of good and beneficial bacteria into your system.
You feel as if you are in a "bad mood"
Your mood is affected by a lot of things all day long each and every day… but did you know your gut bacteria is directly linked to your mood and emotions?
Your gut bacteria, when operating and breaking down food, emits and gives off chemicals just as many of the glands located around your body does. Secretions that contain traces of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, melatonin and other mood altering chemicals have been known to come from your gut--which when circulated through the body cause a heavy effect on your mood.
When your gut is balanced and operating as it should, it’s hard to ignore. When in excellent health, dopamine and serotonin (chemicals associated with “joy” and “glee”) are released steadily in larger amounts, which produces the emotion we recognize in the brain as a “good mood”.
You may feel stronger cravings for sugar and excess sweeteners
When your gut health is left unbalanced for an extended period of time, it leaves your gut open to become exposed to candida.
Candida is a virus that when taking residence inside your gut, will influence your gut to desire foods high in sugar. Candida is often known as the fungus that causes issues such as yeast infections, and “thrush” in the mouth. However, when this fungus takes up a home in your gut is when your body will have a stronger desire for glucose --the chemical that makes up sugars.
As we mentioned above, your gut has a lot of influence over the rest of your body, and having this second brain be “hijacked” by a fungus as powerful as candida can lead you to having constant cravings for foods that are not healthy for your body.
The best way to kick this intruder out (as well as keep it out), is to ensure your gut health is properly balanced. When it is, it creates a harsh environment for the candida to take up residence, and it will also alter your gut bacteria’s cravings toward less sugary foods for energy.
This rebalancing of the gut and lack of cravings for sweets is often a head start towards weight loss, as well.
Your trips to the bathroom are Irregular in occurrence and time spent
If you have sporadic trips to the bathroom, and spend very different amounts of time inside… your gut health may be off balance.
When your microflora is balanced, all food that gets sent through your system is broken down properly and evenly. This leads to more nutrients being extracted and absorbed into your body (which leads to more energy). It also facilitates more solid and easy moving waste as it moves through the lower part of your digestive tract.
When your gut health is rebalanced, Issues such as constipation may clear up, and natural gas should reduce as a result as well. More than that, your trips to the bathroom will also become more regular and predictable, as your body will begin to break down foods in average times rather than sporadic time frames that widely vary.
Having your gut bacteria be off track causes a long list of possible symptoms that can lead to you being unnecessarily uncomfortable throughout the day… but getting back on track is not very difficult.
Switching up your diet for a period of time and then taking steps to keep that new diet (one high in fiber, low in meats and low in sugars) can turn your gut health around for the better. So what are you waiting for? Smoother digestion, better mood, and even a slimmer body await you. Just take steps towards a simpler and cleaner diet!
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read here. This article is for general information only.