Have you ever wondered what the biggest causes of causing your gut to be out of balance are?
Here are 3 of the biggest causes to imbalances in our gut microflora we see on a daily basis and are critical in getting right if you want a healthier gut
- When the mind or body are under stress (or Distress), the lining of the Gastrointestinal tract changes and creates and environment that reduces the amount of beneficial flora (good gut bugs).
- When we are stressed our bodies digestive system shuts down and our sympathetic nervous system turns on which is our fight or flight response. This is why it is so important not to eat when you are in a rush or highly stress as it can cause more digestive discomfort.
- Motility in the gut (peristalsis) may slow down which means that the food we eat can be broken down by different and possibly harmful bacteria.
- Due to stress having a serious impact on our gut bugs Candida, yeast and bacterial infections can increase significantly at these times
- Increases the number of inflammatory markers in the body which diverts attention away from digestion and to other organs.
- High levels of stress depletes our magnesium stores which are essential for gut health, mental health, brain function, quality sleep, muscle recovery, stable blood sugar & inflammation
- A diet high in refined sugar and flours creates an imbalance of unhealthy gut flora to healthy flora.
- Artificial colours, preservatives & flavours are now in so many different foods to preserve shelf life but they have been shown to have a detrimental effect on the gut overtime.
- A diet low in fibre and colourful vegetables reduces the number of beneficial bacteria in the gut
- Alcohol and excessive caffeine can prevent the absorption of essential minerals and nutrients that the beneficial bacteria need to thrive
- A low fat diet can prevent the production of short chain fatty acids which produce butyrate. Butyrate is essential for a healthy microbiome.
- Refined oils such as vegetable oil, sunflower, canola that are toxic cause serious inflammation in our digestive system and also have an effect on our brain function.
Always cook in things such as Ghee, Tallow, Coconut oil, Organic Butter and use 100% virgin olive oil on salads
- Antibiotics are useful in life threating situations but too often they are over subscribed and we are not told about the long term consequences that they have on our gut, Unfortunately, the action of most antibiotics is not specific to any one area and they not only kill harmful bacteria but they also kill the beneficial bacteria leaving a whoe host of side effects when mutiple courses are taken such as
- Poor digestion, Cramps, Stomach pain
- Bloating, IBS issues
- Skin issues
- Poor mental health long term
- Weakened immune system
- Tiredness & low energy
- lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (two very important bacterias) are both particularly sensitive to antiobiotic use and fall dramatically following treatment.
- the reduction of beneficial flora leaves the intestines open to pathogens and we usually see yeast overgrowth or candida present as a side effect.
- This is made worse when there is recurring antibiotic use as the harmful bacteria have become drug resistant and only the beneficial bacteria are killed off.