Why is this so?
This is because your gut has an impact on everything from digestion to the brain and immune system. Your body, on the other hand, has a way of sending signals if your gut is not functioning properly. An unhealthy gut can harm the rest of your body and can be the cause of stomach discomforts, fatigue, food cravings, unintentional weight changes, skin problems and allergies, autoimmune conditions or migraines.
But in particular, a few discomforts can also mean that you must keep a check on your gut health:
Having chronic diarrhoea, fatigue, and a headache
This could indicate a leaky gut, which is an unhealthy gut lining with gaps between the cells that allow partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to enter the tissues beneath it. This can lead to inflammation and bacterial changes in the gut.
To treat this, avoid foods that can promote inflammation or gut bacteria like alcohol, high sugar or high saturated foods. Also, include nutritious, unprocessed, and anti-inflammatory foods in your diet to rebuild gut health.
Having constant heartburn or acid reflux after eating certain foods
This can happen due to too much of an acidic environment in your digestive tract. It may be due to eating too fast, eating too spicy, or some particular foods like coffee, chocolates, or greasy foods. Either can lead to poor gut health.
To avoid so, eat smaller, more frequent meals and wait 2-3 hours after eating before lying down to avoid foods that cause the problem.
-Inputs by dietitian nutritionist Dr Archana Batra