Communities of bacteria, known as the human microbiome, do much more for us than we ever imagined.
Bacteria play an important role in maintaining health. When this population of bacteria is disrupted, it can lead to serious health problems. It’s hard to believe our gut and the bacteria in it could affect our mental health, but this is exactly what new research is showing.
If you have chronic health problems, chances are there’s something going wrong with your gut flora.
6 Diseases That Can Start In Your Gut
1. Poor immune health
Chronically low immune system health can be largely due to weak a microbiome health – an overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, yeast or fungus or a parasite.
2. Mental Health Disorders
Your gut absolutely affects your brain–100%. If you’re struggling form brain fog, mental fatigue, stress, anxiety or depression the first thing you should do is clean up your gut.
3. Acid reflux
Millions of people suffer from acid reflux, or the more serious GERD. These problems are correlated with a microbiome dysfunction called SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
4. Type 2 diabetes
In recent studies it has been discovered that there is a direct connection between an unhealthy gut and type 2 diabetes.
When studying the gut bacteria of individuals with and without type 2 diabetes, it was found that those with type 2 diabetes had high levels of hostile bacteria that did not support gut health.
A fascinating study out of the University of North Carolina suggests that damage and inflammation of the gut severely decreased the variety of bacterial species in the microbiome.
This loss of microbiome diversity allowed a pathogenic bacterial overgrowth of Escherichia coli. Eighty percent of mice with E. coli infection developed colorectal cancer.
6. Skin Conditions
Our skin is the largest organ we have and that can say a lot about our health. One study showed patients who suffered from skin conditions saw a 40% reduction simply by taking a probiotic supplement to rebalance their gut.
Acne patients have higher levels of systemic inflammation than individuals with healthy skin… and gut issues are a major factor in inflammation. If you’re struggling from skin conditions or irritations the first place you need to look is your gut.