Your gut health plays an important role in the prevention of almost all diseases. Gut bacteria are part of your digestive system that has a great influence on your gut health. If you have healthy gut flora (microbiota or microbiome), then your gut health will remain at the optimum and desired level. Similarly, if your gut flora is unhealthy, you will suffer from several diseases. Therefore, you have to restore healthy gut flora to achieve optimum gut health.
Signs of Poor Gut Flora
First, I will discuss the major 8 signs of poor gut flora.
Bloating, Gas and Bowel Irregularity
Bloating, gas and bowel irregularity are the most common signs that your gut flora is not healthy, and you are eating a huge amount of unhealthy foods.
Craving for Sweets
Bacteria secrete substances similar to leptin and ghrelin, which affect hunger and food craving. If you crave for sugars, then you are having unhealthy bacteria in your gut. They are demanding sugars to exist in your gut and you are feeding them. Stop eating sweets and refined sugar. It will help to eradicate bad bacteria from your gut.
Bad breath indicates your gut flora is not healthy and you are eating the wrong food.
An unhealthy gut can contribute to obesity, low immunity, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, and several other diseases.
If you have unexplained anxiety, depression and worrying on little things, then you are likely to have unhealthy gut flora. Your gut affects the secretion of several hormones in the body especially serotonin and dopamine. 50% of these hormones are made in your gut.
Itching and other skin problems and food intolerance also indicate gut flora is not healthy.
If you suffer from frequent infections of the alimentary canal and respiratory canal, you are having poor gut flora.
Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D Deficiency
Gut flora also produces Vitamin B12 and affect Vitamin D metabolism in your body. If you have a deficiency of these vitamins, your gut flora has poor health.
How to Restore Healthy Gut Flora?
I will give you a one-line answer to this.
Stop eating unnatural food and eat natural food without cooking.
So, what to stop. Stop all types of fast foods, restaurant foods, overcooked foods, burnt foods, and fried foods. Avoid cooking the foods that you can eat without cooking them.
So, what to eat. Eat 3 to 4 different and seasonal fruits, 2 to 3 different vegetables, and huge plates of salads. You can also eat whole grains but avoid refined grains. Also include amaranth, brown rice, and quinoa in your diet. Avoid animal food or consume them less than 10% of your daily food intake.
After changing your diet in this way, you will see amazing results after 3 months. Your leaky gut syndrome will go away. You will no longer have bad breath, hyperacidity, heartburn, bloating and gas. Your bowel movement will become regular. Your immunity will improve so you will not catch infections soon. Your skin becomes glowing, clear and toned and you will get rid of most of the skin problems.