Considering the rapid rise in kombucha, sauerkraut and probiotic products, it’s pretty clear gut health is on everyone’s minds. And with good reason — more and more research is emerging showing just how important good gut health is for overall wellbeing.
“Having a healthy gut is so important,” accredited practising dietitian and sports dietitian Chloe McLeod told HuffPost Australia.
“It’s linked to a number of different medical conditions. When your gut isn’t healthy it can have an impact on mental health, weight, mood and a number of other digestive disorders. Keeping your gut nice and healthy can help keep the rest of your body healthy.”Brooke Lark / Unsplash
How do you know if you have good gut health?
“Signs of good gut health include not getting bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation,” McLeod said.
“You find you feel better in general — better mood, more energy, a healthy weight and not feeling fatigued. These are all more pronounced when your gut is healthier.”
How do you know if you have bad gut health?
“If you have poor gut health you may have loose, unformed stools, or you’re really constipated, maybe your faeces are foul smelling, you feel gassy, feel foggy headed or have poor mood. These are some of the most common signs,” McLeod explained.
What can negatively affect gut health?
There are a number of diet and lifestyle-related factors which can impact the health of your gut.
“Also, if you are someone with food intolerances, any large quantity of those trigger foods can have a negative effect on your gut health.