Do you experience bloating or IBS symptoms? You’re not alone. You’re one of the 20% of Australians estimated to experience digestive symptoms. 

These symptoms may include indigestion, bloating, constipation, acid reflux, gas, stomach pain, or diarrhea. Such symptoms can also be commonly referred to as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

But did you know the symptoms of poor gut health can also be hidden? 

Gut imbalances show up in many ways, and in some people, there may be no digestive symptoms at all. 

Our gut health has a ripple effect on ALL aspects of our health and how we feel. Research shows that poor gut health is linked with IBS, fatigue, anxiety, depression, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalance, overweight, and even cancer. 

Here are 7 less known signs of an unhealthy gut, and what to do about it! 

  • Low or anxious mood – poor gut health is linked with depression and anxiety as the gut bacteria produces neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA.
  • Difficulty losing weight – our gut bacteria play a role in metabolising fat, digestion of food and regulating hormones responsible for our hunger and satiety signals.
  • Constant fatigue or low energy – a healthy gut is needed for optimal nutrient absorption and energy production.
  • Unhealthy persistent food cravings – persistent sugar cravings can often be a sign of gut dysbiosis such as candida or yeast overgrowth.
  • Skin issues such as rosacea, eczema or acne – gut inflammation can lead to ‘leaky gut’ whereby food proteins and toxins can travel into the bloodstream to the liver and be excreted via the skin.
  • Restless or disturbed sleep – our gut produces the majority of our body’s serotonin, a hormone that affects our sleep.
  • Food intolerances or sensitivities – reacting or having difficulty digesting certain foods is commonly caused by intestinal permeability and gut dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria).

What to do if you suspect poor gut health? 

As a Gut Health Practitioner, I recommend starting with what you eat! 

A wholefoods diet consisting of natural, unprocessed foods with a healthy balance of fruit and vegetables, quality meats and fish, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and legumes helps ensure you feed your beneficial gut bacteria. 

Our gut bacteria are responsible for healthy digestion, energy production, hormone regulation, immune health, and mood balance. With the right diet, we can maintain a healthy balance of gut bugs.  

For more persistent gut imbalances, there are also a number of specific gut health diets that have been shown to be helpful, depending on the client’s health history and symptoms. 

These include: 

  • Low FODMAPS diet.
  • Low histamines.
  • SIBO diet (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth).
  • Paleo (grain and dairy free).
  • Lower carbohydrate diet.
  • GERD diet (acid reflux diet).
  • Gluten and dairy free.

It is important to work with a practitioner if you choose to follow a more restricted eating plan. Dietary supplements may be required to ensure that you aren’t missing out on vital nutrients. 

A practitioner can also guide you in how to remove foods only for a limited period of time, offer practical tips, and provide a plan to reintroduce foods once gut health has been restored. 

Diet alone isn’t usually enough to rebalance the gut, as there are often other underlying root causes leading to poor gut health. 

Dealing with typical digestive problems

As a practitioner, my goal is to first identify what’s causing digestive symptoms, via clinical testing or a health assessment. These causes may include: 

  • Bacterial or fungal overgrowth or infection (gut dysbiosis or SIBO).
  • Intestinal parasites.
  • Leaky gut (intestinal permeability).
  • Insufficient stomach acid or pancreatic enzymes.
  • Food intolerances.
  • Chronic stress.
  • Poor diet (processed, high sugar).
  • Certain medications.

Want professional guidance and support? 

In a consultation, you’ll receive a 3-phase protocol to rebalance, repair and restore the gut. 

  1. Rebalance and soothe the gut with an easy to digest and anti-inflammatory diet, and herbal supplements. Certain foods that support specific goals such as leaky gut repair, cholesterol or hormone balance, improved metabolism or insulin sensitivity may also be recommended. 
  2. Repair the gut lining and digestive function with nutritional and plant-based supplementation such as zinc, slippery elm, digestive enzymes, saccharomyces boullardi or glutamine, along with holistic lifestyle practices.  These are tailored to the client depending on symptoms and sensitivities. 
  3. Restore your gut bacteria with a balance of pre and probiotics tailored for you. Specific strains of bacteria can be helpful for certain symptoms such as eczema, low mood, bloating or reflux, for example. Certain foods also help to repopulate the gut by feeding beneficial bacteria. 

Once the gut is restored, people often find they can once again start to tolerate the foods they love – all in balance of course! 

As a client, you will leave your final consultations with a sustainable maintenance plan to help you maintain your results and continue to feel your best. 

For a free Discovery Call or more information on my digestive health services, gut microbiome testing or food intolerance testing, visit Gut Health Practitioner Services  or my popular, proven 8 Week program Healthy Gut Reset 

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