The digestive system isn’t just a food processor—when it’s not in good health, the effects on the body can be wide-ranging. So it’s important to recognize when your gut health may not be quite up to par. “Our digestive health is really reflected in every body system,” says Shomir Banerjee, MD, a California-based family medicine physician with Paloma Health. “As a consequence, there are so many different ways our bodies tell us that we have an unhealthy gut.” Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
What Is An Unhealthy Gut?
The gut—the stomach and intestines—contains a complex system of bacteria and other microorganisms called the microbiome. In recent years, science has discovered more about how important the gut microbiome is to wide-ranging aspects of health, from immunity to the nervous system to mood. When medical experts refer to an unhealthy gut, they often mean that the gut microbiome is out of balance, which can cause uncomfortable symptoms. One culprit is a syndrome known as “leaky gut.”