When you have poor gastrointestinal health, your entire body can suffer. While many people understand that gut pain or difficulty with stools can have a negative effect on your everyday life, they often don’t realize how widespread the effects of poor digestion really are. Recent research is linking poor gut health to depression and other mental illnesses, while others have found that annoying side effects like acne and weight gain are often the result of GI problems.
Knowing you have poor gastrointestinal health isn’t always obvious, here are 4 signs you should be watching for everyday.
#1. You are feeling fatigued, especially after meals.
Food should be a source of energy, the fuel that gets you through each day. If you find you are feeling fatigued or unusually tired after a meal, this may be a sign that you have poor digestion. This is because your body has to redirect some of its energy to the task of digestion when it isn’t efficiently digesting after meals, robbing you of the energy you need to fuel your day.
#2. You are experiencing skin problems like acne or eczema.
Your skin relies heavily on the nutrients in your food to thrive. If you are struggling to properly digest food, your skin is not getting the nutrients it needs. If you have acne, you may be deficient in Vitamin A. If your skin is dry or flaky, your body might not be able to properly digest the fat in your diet. In many cases, correcting problems with digestion with also correct any skin problems you are experiencing.
#3. Weight Gain or Weight Loss
If you are finding it is really hard to maintain a healthy weight, even with a healthy diet and exercise, there may be problems with your digestive system. Many experts stress how important proper digestion is to healthy weight, some individuals may lose weight if they are not digesting properly while others will rapidly gain weight because of difficulty have regular stools.
#4. Unexplained Changes in Your Mood
As mentioned above, unexplained depression may be a symptom of poor gastrointestinal health. Just like the rest of your body, your mental health and hormone regulation is partially reliant on good nutrition. It doesn’t matter how well you eat, if your body cannot digest the food you eat, you may struggle to maintain your mood.
There are a wide variety of ways you can begin to address problems with your gut. We suggest starting with a consult with a doctor who is well versed in alternative treatments for poor gastrointestinal health. At Premier Health and Wellness, we may suggest a food allergy panel or a Colon Clean, a supplement created from unique blend of nutrients and herbs that have been found to increase regularity of stools. If you are noticing symptoms of poor gut health, click here or call (512) 459-4405 to schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Edgerton.