The bacteria in your gut can be one of your strongest allies in getting healthy…or it can be one of your worst enemies. Most people don’t realize it, but what they eat and how they live are changing the makeup of their gut bacteria.
Exciting new studies are coming out every day exploring the connection between gut bacteria and practically every other aspect of human health. The conclusion is clear: if you can change your gut, you can change your life.
But how do you know when something’s wrong with your gut bacteria in the first place? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out.
Not All Gut Bacteria Are Created Equal
Are Your Gut Bacteria Imbalanced? 7 Things to Look for
Here’s what to watch out for:
Sign 1. Digestive Issues
- Heartburn/acid reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis)
Sign 2: Mental Issues
If you have any of these mental issues, your gut bacteria might be to blame:
- Depression and anxiety
- Brain fog
Sign 3. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B12 and B7
Sign 4: Antibiotics
Sign 5: Chronic, Unmanaged Stress
Sign 6: Skin Conditions
Sign 7: Autoimmune Diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Inflammatory bowel disease
How to Balance Your Gut Bacteria in 4 Simple Steps
Step 1. Avoid Toxins
The first step to reversing this trend is to avoid toxic foods. This includes:
- Conventional Grain Fed Dairy
- Unhealthy oils
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil and Ibuprofen
- Antibiotics (as much as possible)
Step 2. Eat Fermented Foods
- Lacto-fermented fruits and vegetables
- Non-pasteurized yogurt, cheese, and kefir
Step 3. Take Probiotic Supplements
- Stay away from “bargain bin” prices. You get what you pay for.
- Two reputable brands are Jarrow and Klaire Labs.
- Make sure they’re potent. Dr. Gerstmar recommends at least 8 billion/dose.
- Look for supplements that contain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.