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LOVE YOUR GUT

WHY IS GUT HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?

A diverse, healthy gut microbiome does so much more than just help us process the food we eat.⁠ The ecosystem of microbes that live deep within our digestive system plays an active role in the maintenance of health as well as the development of chronic disease.

The ‘good’ microbes are health-promoting and ⁠we have a mutually beneficial relationship with them – we do good things for them, and in return, they do good things for us.⁠

The ‘bad’ microbes have been implicated in a wide range of chronic illnesses, from the obvious gastrointestinal disorders, to metabolic conditions, autoimmune diseases, hormonal conditions, certain cancers, and even neurological illnesses.

When there is an imbalance between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ guys, this is known as dysbiosis.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF DYSBIOSIS?

– Eating a diet high in animal products and ultra-processed foods that are loaded with unhealthy fats and refined sugars, but low in fibre

– Antibiotics and other medications such as PPIs, metformin, laxatives and anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen

– Exposure to chemicals and toxins, including pesticides in foods

– Alcohol and nicotine

– Severe bouts of gastroenteritis

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DYSBIOSIS

Symptoms of an unhappy microbiome (dysbiosis) can manifest within the digestive system (intestinal) but also anywhere else throughout the body (extraintestinal). Here are some of the warning signs that it’s time to show your gut some love:

INTESTINAL SYMPTOMS
OF DYSBIOSIS

EXTRAINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS
OF DYSBIOSIS

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Belching
  • Bloating/abdominal distension
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Food allergies
  • Food intolerances/sensitivities
  • Gas
  • Heartburn/reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Mucus in stool
  • Nausea
  • Acne/skin breakouts
  • Anxiety
  • Bad breath
  • Brain fog/difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal issues like PMT
  • Joint pains/muscular aches
  • Mood imbalances
  • Sinus congestion
  • Shortness of breath/wheezing
  • Unintentional weight loss/gain
  • Weakness

THE SIX PILLARS OF GUT HEALTH

01

WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION

02

DIVERSITY OF PLANTS

03

REGULAR MOVEMENT

04

GOOD
HYDRATION

05

ADEQUATE
SLEEP

06

STRESS MANAGEMENT

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