What influences the gut?
Everything from poor dietary choices to travelling can affect your intestinal wellbeing. Which of these is relevant to you?
Schedule disruptions and new environments can negatively influence the gut's normal flora balance, often after being exposed to unfamiliar foods. One may also experience appetite loss, or the need for rushed eating, causing confusion in the gut and triggering a symptomatic response. 1,2
Prescription medications, including antibiotics, usually slow the growth of good gut bacteria, which may result in intestinal discomfort and an imbalance that can be difficult to bounce back from without help.7
Learn how different daily triggers could be contributing to intestinal disorders, and how a good probiotic could be the ally you didn't know you needed.
What are You Doing to Protect Your Gut from Antibiotics?
Antibiotics can help you fight infection, but they can wreak havoc on even the strongest gut. Using probiotics and prebiotics can help protect your gut from antibiotic-related gut disorders.
Improper Nutrition Usually Leads to Gut Disorders
You are indeed what you eat, and a poor diet can lead to gut disorders. The traditional food pyramid may help you understand the role that your diet plays in the proper functioning of the body.
How Stress Affects the Gut: Our Second Brain
Many studies have explored the relationship between the gut and brain, and they have repeatedly found them to be quite codependent. Unfortunately, stress and abdominal pain do seem to go hand in hand.
How a Change in Season Affects the Body
If seasonal changes bring about anxiety, irritability, or various gastric disorders, you should consider taking the necessary precautions to delay, or to prevent the onset of these conditions.
Traveling Could Have a Negative Impact on Your Gut Flora
There are a few gut disorders that can occur while you are travelling, but there are ways of preventing them. Learning about why these digestive issues occur may change the way you travel in the future.
- Linking the Gut Microbial Ecosystem with the Environment: Does Gut Health Depend on Where We Live?; PMC, October 2017 [quoted June 2021] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5635058/
- Quick Dose: Is Eating Too Fast Unhealthy?; Northwestern Medicine, [quoted June 2021] https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/nutrition/quick-dose-is-eating-too-fast-unhealthy
- How is traveler's diarrhea diagnosed? Healthline, February 2019 [quoted June 2021] https://www.healthline.com/health/travelers-diarrhea#diagnosis
- Causes - Malnutrition; NHS, February 2020 [quoted June 2021] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/malnutrition/causes/
- Stress, depression, diet, and the gut micorbiota: human–bacteria interactions at the core of psychoneuroimmunology and nutrition; PMC, Mach 2019 [quoted June 2021] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7213601/
- The influence of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the gut microbiome, PMC, October 2015 [quoted June 2021] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26482265/
- The Influence of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on the Gut Microbiome; PMC, October 2015 [quoted June 2021] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4754147/