We are more bacteria than we are human. Research has suggested that the bacteria living in our digestive tract play a significant role in our overall health.
Here are some of the physical and mental health conditions that have been linked to imbalanced in gut flora :
- Depression – More than a third of depression sufferers have “leaky gut”, or permeability of the gut lining that allows bacterium to seep out into the bloodstream.
- Anxiety – Prebiotic can have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. Consuming beneficial bacteria can also positively changes the way the brain responds to the environment.
- Schizophrenia – Studies in mice have linked a lack of normal gut bacteria with changes in brain development, but the genetics of the disorder are complex and not fully understood.
- Autism – Autism often co-occurs with gastrointestinal issues like leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome.
- Parkinson’s Disease – People suffering from this disease have different gut bacteria than healthy people.
- Obesity & Diabetes – A number of studies have linked instability in the gut microbiome to obesity and obesity-related health problems.
- Crohn’s disease – Abnormally high levels of certain bacteria strains may be present when Crohn’s disease develops, possibly triggering an atypical immune response.
- Colon Cancer – Sugar loving microbes in the gut along with the carbs that feed them can fuel colon cancer. High carb-diets may even by contributing to the rise of colon cancer.
- Ulcerative Colitis – Imbalanced in gut flora may be a main factor in both the onset and continuing symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – Studies have found a link between low levels of certain good gut bacteria, high levels of unhealthy Prevotella capri bacteria, and autoimmune joint disease.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – There is a definitive link between IBS and an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines.