Symptoms of Dysfunction:
When any of the areas of gut health are compromised, you’ll generally have some of the common symptoms of poor gut health, including poor or slow digestion, low appetite, craving for processed foods, bloating, feeling weighed down after meals, diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, food allergies, sluggishness, weight gain and fatigue.
Effects on Other Areas:
Because gut health affects what enters or does not enter your bloodstream, it has obvious carry-over effects for hormonal health, circulation, and metabolism. When nutrients aren’t absorbed properly, deficiencies can appear, causing an increase in the stress hormones, a decrease in the protective hormones, poor circulation, blood lipid problems, and reduced cell metabolism. On the other side, when harmful substances like endotoxins get into your blood, they bog down the liver and cause decreased insulin sensitivity, along with an increase in those destructive stress hormones, which of course also lead to a reduction in healthy metabolism.