These 4 Things Could be Affecting Your Gut Health

These 4 Things Could be Affecting Your Gut Health

Our gut is smart. Scientists have even begun to refer to the gut as our ‘second brain’, and our gut has a major influence on our moods, emotions, immune system, and overall health. If you’re suffering from…

  • Constant diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Excessive gas

…these could all be signs of an unhealthy gut. Probiotics and eating non-processed, whole foods are a good place to start improving your gut health, but there are more factors beyond what you eat that negatively affect your gut. These 4 things could also be harming your gut: 

1. Antibiotics

Antibiotics change the number of bacteria in your gut and these changes can lead to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal side effects. If you’re prescribed antibiotics – please take them! But once you’re done, implement a healthy diet and daily probiotics to rebalance your gut’s good bacteria. 

2. Dishwashing Soap and Detergents

A chemical known as triclosan, found in most dishwashing soaps and detergents, can change your gut bacteria according to recent studies. Leftover traces of dishwashing soap/detergent can enter your body and wreak havoc on your gut. Instead – look for dishwashing options that are natural and free from synthetic fragrances. 

3. Pesticides

Certain pesticides that are used in agriculture directly alter our microbiome, particularly glysophate. When possible, try to purchase organic produce or shop at local farmer’s markets. If you can’t buy organic, wash your produce thoroughly before eating. 

4. Birth Control

Some studies have shown that oral contraceptives can impact gut flora. If you suffer from constant gastrointestinal symptoms, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about trying other forms of birth control. 

If you’re ready to begin improving your gut health from the inside out, you’re not alone! 

Reach out today and let’s talk about what the next best step is for you and your health and wellness goals.

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