Poor eating and unhealthy lifestyle habits can result in poor gut health, and in turn poor gut health can be responsible for a number of health problems.
Symptoms of poor gut health
For example abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea, low energy, poor immune function, unhealthy cravings, skin rashes, low mood, nutritional inadequacies, and so on.
Long term poor gut health can also potentially set you up for diseases like colorectal cancer and diverticular disease.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that affects as many as 1 in 5 Australians. Although IBS does not have a known cure, symptoms can be significantly improved and managed via eliminating certain triggers, such as fermentable carbohydate foods (aka FODMAPs).
Gastro-oesophagel-reflux-disease (GORD), commonly referred to as reflux, occurs when acid from the stomach leaks into the oesophagus (food pipe). This can cause heartburn and if not managed over time can result in ulcers, strictures and may even cause pre-cancerous cells. By eliminating trigger foods like alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine and fatty foods, you may be able to ameliorate your reflux.
Coeliac Disease is a condition caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats). If someone with coeliac disease consumes gluten, the villi in the small intestine are damaged, inflamed and flatened. This results in a number of symptoms and affects the absorption of certain nutrients. By following a strict gluten-free diet, the villi in the intestinal tract will heal, symptoms will likely dissipate and nutrient absorption will return to normal.