By now, you've probably heard of probiotics, the good bacteria that live in your gut and offer numerous health benefits. Your job is primarily to keep "bad" gut bacteria at bay, which helps balance your gut health and make you healthy and happy. Nutritionist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. The problem, says Richard Firshein, DO, a state-approved GP and founder of the Firshein Center for Integrative Medicine in New York City, is that
anything can upset your gut health.
And it's not just what you eat. How often you travel, what medications you take, and how much your boss puts a strain on you can promote an environment where bad bacteria take control. This can lead to a whole range of symptoms and signs that your bowel needs a reboot. Here you can find out if this is the case.
Find out if your gut health is out of order.
Your stomach feels … bad.
Bloating, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, pain, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gas (should we move on?) Are all symptoms of poor intestinal health, says Emily Haller, RDN, a registered dietitian the Department of Gastroenterology at Michigan Medicine.
"We are not. By nature, gases form, so bacteria and yeasts are responsible for most of the gas you produce," says Firshein. Bad bacteria tend to produce more gas, so digestive problems are a pretty good signal that your gut is not getting enough of the good kind.