Healthy gut: these symptoms show how your digestion is doing
Healthy bowel or not? These symptoms show that your gut is sick
At least 160 species of different microorganisms live in the human intestine. The totality of all intestinal inhabitants is called the intestinal microbiome. This includes bacteria, archaea (primordial bacteria), viruses and also fungi. Bacteria are often used in useful. Divides pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria. Bacteria of the first group support our body in digestion and the absorption of vitamins and proteins. Pathogenic bacteria can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain and are often ingested through food.
If the intestinal flora is out of balance, bloating, abdominal pain or indigestion, among other things, will occur. (Symbolic image) © Andrey Popov/Imago
Intestinal health: What makes the intestine sick
For the intestine to feel good, there must be peace between the different intestinal inhabitants. If, for example, a certain bacterium or fungus proliferates and displaces other intestinal inhabitants, this manifests itself in the form of stomach pain, stomach rumbling or a bloated belly. But other symptoms like acne, itching or mood swings are also possible. So a balanced microbiome is a prerequisite for a healthy gut -. This in turn for our well-being. Keep your intestines fit with a few tips and the right diet. The question of what probiotics do in the intestine and whether they should be taken in addition is also the subject of much discussion.*
In addition to disease-causing bacteria, there are other factors that can disturb the balance in the intestines. For example, antibiotics or excessive hygiene. In addition, the so-called "modern" lifestyle with poor nutrition – i.e. a lot of sugar, little fiber and a lot of animal protein and fat – as well as little exercise and stress can also have negative effects on intestinal health. Symptoms vary widely, from irritable bowel syndrome to mental illnesses. Researchers found that the intestine and brain are connected and communicate with each other via the vagus nerve. This is how psychological well-being influences intestinal health and vice versa.
Intestinal health: ten points by which you can tell if your intestine is sick
You can tell if your gut flora is out of balance by looking at the following ten points, among others:
– Problems with digestion: flatulence, abdominal pain, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea. This raises the question of how much belly rumbling is still normal – overweight
– Skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
– pain in the joints – mental illness – concentration problems
– Mood swings
Anyone who suffers from these complaints over a longer period of time should make an appointment with their family doctor. As a rule, the doctor will then arrange for a stool examination, which can provide information about your intestinal health.
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