What are the signs of a gut imbalance?

Signs of a gut imbalance, also known as dysbiosis, can vary from person to person. As a Naturopath, I have seen clients with some or all of the following common signs and symptoms of a imbalance in the gut microbiota. 
Digestive issues: Persistent bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, or alternating bowel movements (diarrhea and constipation) can serve as valuable messengers, offering insights into the delicate equilibrium of our gut. These bodily signals are nature’s way of urging us to listen and take action.
Food intolerances or sensitivities: Developing sudden or unexplained sensitivities or intolerances to certain foods, such as gluten, dairy, or FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols), can be an indication of an underlying gut imbalance. These food sensitivities serve as valuable clues towards a gut imbalance.
Mood disorders: The gut and brain communicate bidirectionally through the gut-brain axis. Imbalances in the gut can influence mental health and contribute to mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, or irritability.
Fatigue and low energy: When the gut is not functioning optimally, it can affect nutrient absorption and lead to deficiencies, which may result in fatigue and decreased energy levels.
Skin problems: The harmony between our gut and skin is a delicate interplay. Conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other persistent skin issues can be closely connected to an imbalance in the intricate dance of our gut microbiota
Autoimmune conditions: Dysbiosis has been associated with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Weight changes: Significant weight gain or weight loss that is difficult to explain despite maintaining a consistent diet and lifestyle may be influenced by gut imbalances.
Weakened immune system: The profound symbiosis between our gut microbiota and the immune system is a testament to the vital role they play in safeguarding our well-being. Frequent bouts of illness, recurring infections, or delayed wound healing can serve as poignant reminders of an impaired immune response, intricately linked to imbalances within our gut.
When working with a Naturopath for gut health, after initial analysis and testing, you would receive a personalised treatment plan which would include the right balance of herbs, supplements, dietary and lifestyle recommendations that will all help contribute to balancing your gut. 
It is crucial to acknowledge that while the mentioned symptoms can be linked to gut imbalances, they may also arise from various other factors. Experiencing one or more of these symptoms does not automatically indicate a gut imbalance. Therefore, if you suspect a gut imbalance or if these symptoms persist or intensify, it is highly advisable to seek the guidance and expertise of a healthcare professional.

If you would like support to improve your overall health and help manage acne, you can book a consult with Naturopath Lindsay for a clarity call. During this call, we will discuss what working together looks like and how we can work towards optimal health through the help of Naturopathy.

Lindsay Carter Nautropath

Naturopathy is a holistic approach to wellness and health. Lindsay works to support women experiencing PCOS and acne.


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