5 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut and How You Can Heal It

5 Signs You Have An Unhealthy Gut and How You Can Heal it

Many of us are walking around feeling bad.  Is it possible you’re depressed, anxious, bloated, irritable, etc. due to an unhealthy gut?  Most people don’t realize a large percentage (over 70%) of their immune system is actually located in their gut.  Strive’s mission is to get you to feel healthy and happy, which is why you have to read this.  If don’t feel great,  maybe it’s caused by your unhealthy gut.  Many studies show, if you change the health of your gut, you can really change your life.

Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut

  1. Mental Health Issues (depression/anxiety/irritability/mood swings)
  2. Digestive Issues (constipation, diarrhea)
  3. Acid Reflux (bloating, gas)
  4. Skin Issues (rosacea, eczema)
  5. Immune System Problems

Foods to Avoid

  1. Processed foods:
    Well you should stay away from processed foods anyway even if you don’t have an unhealthy gut.  Processed foods are often filled with chemicals, additives, sugars, coloring, etc.  Try to eat whole foods as much as possible.
  2. Chlorinated Water: Chlorine can actually kill the good bacteria in your belly so either filter the chlorine out of your water, or buy spring water instead.
  3. High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Arghhhh this one makes us crazy.  You can find it in most junk food and hidden in items you may not suspect, like ketchup.  It’s in your food because the company doesn’t want to pay much to sweeten the product with real sugar, as it’s more expensive.  It is feeding the unhealthy bacteria in your belly and contributing to your bad gut bacteria.
  4. Artificial Sweeteners: No, seriously no.  Like…never.  Artificial Sweeteners include aspartame, sucrolose, saccharin, and xylitol. Some brands you may be familiar with are Splenda, Nutri-sweet, Equal, Sweet’N Low etc. There is a long list of reasons not to consume this garbage but in relation to gut health, they have a negative effect on the good bacteria in your gut.
  5. Dairy: If you have a sensitivity to dairy, it can cause an unhealthy balance of bacteria in your gut.  Try almond, cashew, hemp, or coconut milk as an alternative.
  6. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): GMOs are organisms whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (ugh..gross). They are found in most non-organic foods and they can cause damage to your gut.
  7. Soy: Soy is bad for the gut because it’s a GMO product and it’s very difficult to digest.
  8. Sugar: Sugar feeds the bad bacteria and creates an imbalance in your gut.
  9. Meat: Eat meat in moderation. High meat intake has been associated with high levels of bad bacteria in the gut.
  10. Gluten: If you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, eating gluten is really bad for your gut.  If you are intolerant and you eat gluten. the immune system identifies the protein as a dangerous substance and produces antibodies to attack it.

Foods That Will Improve Your Gut Health

  1. Probiotic supplement: Taking a probiotic will get some of that healthy bacteria back in your gut.  The recommended CFU (colony forming units) is 15-50 billion and maybe start with the lower CFU count with a healthy diet.  The good bacteria will regenerate themselves if you are eating healthy.
  2. Greek Yogurt or Kefir:  Kefir is yogurt’s cousin and is even better for your gut than yogurt.  It’s fermented goat, cow, or sheep milk.  It’s delicious and drinkable.
  3. Fermented foods: Try kimchi which is pickled cabbage (ok it smells bad but tastes delicious)!  Some other good ones are pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
  4. Bone broth: Can heal your gut and improve mineral deficiencies.
  5. Healthy fats: Avocados, eggs, salmon, coconut oil, etc. can improve gut health.
  6. Steamed non-starchy veggies: They help heal the gut and are easy to digest.

If you are experiencing any symptoms above, try healing your gut and putting that good bacteria back in there.  You may notice you feel happier, more energetic, and just overall healthier.

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2 thoughts on “5 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut and How You Can Heal It

  1. Hello,
    I see my immune system of the lining of my digestive tract I was told needs repair. How can I repair it?

  2. Good article. I like simple lists:-) Many folks don’t really appreciate the impact of having an unhealthy gut. Typical GP don’t usually get it, so why would most people? It’s sites like these that help educate the lay person on what good healthy is. Thanks for sharing!

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