Signs of a Healthy Gut

A client asked me the other day “How do I know I have a healthy gut?” As she did not suffer from the typical digestive issues such as reflux, bloating, altered bowel habits, etc, she wondered if she can be confident she has a healthy digestive system.

I loved this proactive approach so thought it best to share the outcome of our conversation so you too can assess whether you have a healthy gut.

Here are a few, shall we say non-digestive, signs of a healthy gut:

Good energy

Although many other factors will influence energy levels, your gut’s ability to break down and absorb food is critical. An unhealthy gut will struggle to release the much-needed energy and nutrients from food leading to poor energy levels through the day.

Healthy skin

As a naturopath, I see the skin as an external reflection of the internal gut. Therefore, I look for healthy glowing skin from my clients. Signs such dry, irritated, red, blotchy skin and dark circles under the eyes are all signs the gut may need a bit of healing and support.

Resilient mood

We know that serotonin, our happy and wellbeing neurotransmitter is made in the gut. Also, certain gut bacteria may actually eat GABA, our calming neurotransmitter. Therefore, the bacteria in our gut has a strong influence on our mood. A healthy microbiome is critical for stable and calm moods. A healthy gut provides the optimal environment to maintain a mood supporting microbiome as well as provide much needed nutrients to support our mood.

Balanced immune system

Not getting sick often and bouncing back after being ill are signs of a healthy gut. Why? Because about 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. A healthy gut equates to a strong immune system. Equally, we want a focused immune system – one that targets viruses and bad bacteria, not a one that attacks our own body as is the case with autoimmune conditions. Such conditions often result from a condition called leaky gut.

And much like the typical digestive symptoms, the above signs should be acted on as quickly as possible. The sooner you act, the sooner you can have better energy, glowing skin, calmer moods and a stronger immune health.

Get in contact with me in you want to learn more

Sara KnightThe Gut Clinic