Learn to recognize them!
In many occasions we walk through life without being aware of our bacterial flora, its importance, how to really take care of it, where it is located, etc. So, in this blog, I want to give you important data so that you learn to recognize it and, if you should take measures to recover and heal the bacterial flora and thus improve your digestive health.
Our body is home to trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Most of these microorganisms coexist peacefully with us and, in fact, play a crucial role in overall health and well-being. Bacterial flora, especially that of the gut, is essential for digestion, nutrient absorption, the immune system and hormonal balance. However, when the bacterial flora becomes imbalanced, it can result in a number of symptoms and health problems.
The main symptoms of a damaged bacterial flora are
- Digestive problems: an imbalance in the bacterial flora can manifest itself in a variety of digestive problems. Some of the most common symptoms include bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramping.
If you experience these symptoms frequently, it could be an indication that your bacterial flora needs attention.
- Fatigue and low energy: when the bacterial flora is damaged, digestion and absorption of nutrients can be affected. This can result in decreased energy and a feeling of constant fatigue. If you feel tired for no apparent reason, it could be the result of an imbalance in your bacterial flora.
- Changes in mood: intestinal bacteria also play a role in the production of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which influence our mood. An imbalance in the bacterial flora can lead to mood changes, such as anxiety, depression, irritability and emotional swings.
-Skin problems: Alterations in the bacterial flora can manifest themselves in skin problems such as acne, eczema, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. The skin is a reflection of our internal health, and an imbalance in the bacterial flora can cause inflammation and skin disorders.
- Recurrent infections: A damaged bacterial flora can weaken the immune system, resulting in increased susceptibility to infections. If you experience recurring infections, such as colds, urinary tract infections or candidiasis, it could be a sign that your bacterial flora needs to be balanced.
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight: imbalance in gut flora can also affect body weight. If you experience sudden changes in weight, either gain or loss, without significant changes in your diet or physical activity, this could be a sign that something is wrong with your microbiota.
- Sleep problems: The health of your gut flora is related to the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter important for sleep and mood. An imbalance in gut flora can result in constant fatigue, trouble sleeping.
- Food allergies and sensitivities: A damaged gut flora can lead to a weakened immune system, resulting in increased food allergies and sensitivities. If you have developed allergies to certain foods, this could indicate a problem with your intestinal flora.
Knowing all these symptoms, if you have one or several, you must take action, thus how to improve your intestinal flora:
1.- Eat a diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
2.- Incorporate fermented foods and probiotics in your diet.
3.- Reduce consumption of processed foods, added sugars and saturated fats.
4.- Avoid excessive use of antibiotics, as they can damage the intestinal flora.
5.- Maintain a regular exercise routine and manage stress through activities such as yoga or meditation.
As always, I will tell you to decide for your health. Be alert to your body's manifestations and take action to heal it.