Is Your Tummy Out Of Tune?

July 23, 2019

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Bloating, distension, indigestion, acid reflux, pain, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, nausea.  Just some of the indicators of poor gut health. And it's not just what you eat. It can be several factors such as how often you travel, what medications you take, and even how much your boss stresses you out can foster an environment that allows bad bacteria to take over. Our bodies are not, by nature, gas-forming. So bacteria and yeast are responsible for most of the gas you produce and that bad bacteria tend to produce more gas, so digestion issues are a pretty good signal that your gut doesn't have enough of the good kind. Sudden weight gain and loss seemingly without explanation, can also be a sign of poor gut health. Feeling stressed and even a skin condition can all be a sign you need to introduce good bacteria into your digestive system. Probiotic-rich foods and supplements, such as kefir and kombucha, might help alleviate symptoms related to gut health by providing more of the good stuff. As for supplements, look for the LGG strain of probiotics as it is the most studied probiotic strain in the world. Fill up on fiber. It helps with regularity as well as provides prebiotics that are good for the microbes that live in our large intestine. Cut back on sugar. Highly processed, sugary foods encourage the production of bad bacteria. This includes sugar-free products.   Foods containing sugar alcohols, or polyols, can also cause GI distress, as they’re poorly absorbed in the intestine. Eat smaller meals spread out over the day. Big meals, especially at night, can also trigger symptoms of acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If lifestyle interventions don't cut it, it’s important to seek professional help for your gut from your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist. There are various conditions like celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and colon cancer that can cause various GI symptoms.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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