10 clues that a gut flora imbalance is behind your disturbed digestion
It’s not uncommon for people with disturbed digestion to think that it’s normal. Perhaps it’s normal for you. But when we compare what’s going on for you with healthy digestion and patterns of health, it can help with pinpointing the cause of the problem.
You are probably familiar with the phrase “We are what we eat” but time has shown that this is somewhat simplistic. We are what we eat, digest, absorb and assimilate. When the digestion isn’t working optimally, all kinds of things can go wrong. The list below outlines the most common indicators that you could benefit from support to get your troubled tummy sorted.
Top Reasons for Disturbed Digestion:
- You don’t feel well. When the gut bacteria are out of balance the signals they create can affect your mood, energy and general sense of well being.
- Your bowels are either too frequent, too infrequent or a combination of both. Bacteria have an enormous impact on gut motility. Normal stool is soft but formed, from 1 to 3 movements daily
- You get bloated after eating. Having to loosen your trousers or consciously hold in your belly suggests you’ve got an accumulation of gas in your intestines. That might be uncomfortable too!
- You burp a lot. Bacterial gases are responsible for that. Sometimes you might have #5 as well.
- Reflux is a problem. Maybe you’re taking acid-reducing medication (antacids or omeprazole/losec). Perhaps that helped a little bit, but the problem is still there/.
- You’ve been diagnosed with iron and/or vitamin B12 deficiency. This is especially significant if you are not a vegetarian, as you are expected to NOT have a problem with levels of these nutrients.
- You feel better off without wheat or gluten. Perhaps you like these foods, but they don’t like you! Perhaps you’ve decided that food is not your friend. Some people can pinpoint problem foods (common culprits are beans/legumes, cabbage, onions, some fruits and dairy products)
- You get brain fog. Bacterial by-products can do this.
- Weight management is an issue. Either you’re underweight and find it hard to gain, or you’re the opposite.
- Your problems started (or got worse) after a bout of tummy bug (gastro).
OK – So I Tick one or More of those boxes – What Now?
All these symptoms indicate disturbed digestion – which could mean you have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). You don’t need to have all of them – many people just have one or two symptoms. And this list is by no means exhaustive. There are lots of other health issues linked to poor digestion.