Warning Signs of Poor Digestion That You’re Probably Ignoring
Are you feeling bloated, have terrible flatulence and are uneasy even hours after eating? Do you feel lethargic and want to take a nap immediately after you eat? These are classic signs of a poor digestive system. It is said that all diseases begin in the gut.
Poor digestion indicates that your body is not producing enough stomach acid. Stomach acid is important because it is defends the stomach against unwanted bacteria, breaks down the food you eat and helps move it along the rest of your digestive system. In today’s world where most of us are on a “healthy” diet of processed food, stress and over medication, our digestive system takes a beating.
There are a number of other indications you should also be aware of, which show that you have a dysfunctional digestive system.
The good and bad bacteria in our stomach are responsible for bad breath. (also called halitosis). If your breath smells a little fishy, it could indicate that something in not right with your kidneys, while a more sweet-smell could be due to diabetes. Disorders like acid reflux also cause bad breath. What you need is a dose of probiotics to help you digest your food better and for the good bacteria to grow. Eating probiotic rich food like yoghurt, idlis and kefir milk will help alleviate bad breath.
Brittle nails are a good indicator that your stomach is not producing enough acid. Your body may not be able to digest nutrients like zinc, calcium and protein from the food you’re consuming. This causes your nails to grow brittle and soft. Ayurvedic physicians first look at your nails for digestive issues and nutrient deficiencies.
When you sweat, your body eliminates toxins and can result in a mild odour which is completely normal. However, if your sweat smells rancid or sickly sweet, then you should take a look at your digestive system. Increasing your intake of vegetables and fibre-rich food like flaxseeds and apples will help soak up toxins and eliminate undigested fats in your body.
If you are susceptible to acne and other skin flare ups, it is a sure indication that everything is not right with your internal body system. You’ve heard the saying what you eat shows on your face, right? When your gut is unhealthy and you are not digesting food like you should, it shows on your skin in the form of acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.Up your probiotic intake to rebalance good bacteria in your gut.
If you are constipated then that’s your body reacting to lack of dietary fibre and too much fat. This could result in hard stools at intervals of two-three days, which can be painful and extremely uncomfortable. On the other hand, you may be running to the loo the moment you finish eating. This level of urgency is also not good and is an indication that your gut is not healthy.
Unexplained Weight Gain/Weight Loss:
People who are able to maintain a healthy weight typically have enough good bacteria. Experts feel that weight loss could be a symptom of a poor digestive system and that nutrients are not being absorbed by the body like they should. On the other end of the spectrum, slow bowel movement could result in weight gain. So keep an eye on weight fluctuations.
Anaemia is a condition where there is deficiency of haemoglobin in blood. The blood loss that occurs is most often traced to the small intestines, stomach and oesophagus – all of which make up the GI tract (Gastrointestinal Tract). Iron is absorbed through the food we eat and if the GI tract is not functioning properly, it leads to iron deficiency in our body. So anaemia could also indicate that your gut flora needs balancing out.
Keep an eye on your diet and consume healthy, probiotic-rich food to ensure your digestive system remains in good shape and functions properly.