Gut Health

These 5 “Normal” Issues Are Really Signs of An Unhealthy Gut

They may seem like normal, everyday issues that you just have to deal with. Just part of life. But it turns out that discomfort – any discomfort – isn’t normal. It’s a sign that something’s wrong.

And in many cases, what’s wrong starts in your gut microbiome, the trillions of bacteria in your gut that play an oversized role in how you’re feeling right now.

In fact, most of the things we learn to live with or adjust to can be quickly addressed with a gut microbiome reboot.

Today we’ll talk about five of the most common complaints that get hand-waved… but really act as signs that your gut microbiome is out of balance. But first…

What’s a Gut Imbalance?

Your gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria: beneficial probiotics and harmful pathogens. In a healthy, balanced gut microbiome, probiotic bacteria greatly outnumber pathogens and contribute to your safety and wellness. 

But an unbalanced gut, one where pathogens outnumber probiotics, can sabotage your life and your health. This condition is called dysbiosis. And not only does dysbiosis stop beneficial probiotics from helping your body function at its best, it also lets pathogens run wild and do all sorts of damage.[1] 

A lot of time, you’ll feel that in your gut. Dysbiosis is well known for causing all sorts of gastrointestinal (GI) issues like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gas… pretty much what you’d expect when you know something’s wrong with your gut.

But it can also cause dozens of seemingly unrelated issues that you’d never think were connected. 

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Your Gut Is Health Central

It’s not just conveniently located in the center of your body. Your gut is actually the center point of your health, housing around 70 to 80% of your immune system.[2] 

And it also connects to several other systems through direct pathways:

  • The gut-brain axis[3] 
  • The gut-skin axis[4] 
  • The gut-liver axis[5]
  • The gut-joint axis[6]

There are more pathways, but you get the idea. What happens in your gut doesn’t stay there… It affects how you feel every day. Often in unexpected ways.

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5 Signs Your Gut Is Unbalanced

If you’ve been complaining about feeling tired… trying to soothe sore joints… or getting frustrated by breakouts and itchy skin, you’re not alone. You’ve probably been trying to address those issues with no luck. But that’s because you’re looking in the wrong place.

To deal with any of these five common complaints, you need to look to your gut microbiome.

  1. Fatigue. If you feel tired a lot of the time no matter how much sleep you got the night before, you may be dealing with a gut imbalance. Research shows that dysbiosis can cause extreme fatigue[7] and sleep issues like occasional insomnia.[8] Your gut microbiome directly affects your sleep/wake cycle, your circadian rhythm – and when that’s thrown off, you’ll feel tired all the time.[9] 
  2. Achy joints. If you feel stiff and creaky when you first wake up, and your joints feel uncomfortable the more you use them, you could be dealing with dysbiosis. Fibromyalgia – a condition that brings joint pain, fatigue, and other issues – has been closely linked to dysbiosis.[10] Dysbiosis has also been linked to other painful joint issues in studies.[11,12] One reason for this is that pathogens can provoke immune responses that trigger inflammatory proteins.[13]
  3. Bad breath. You’ve tried different toothpastes, gum, and mouthwash but still your breath isn’t quite minty fresh. Turns out the problems in your mouth could have their roots in your gut. The dominant bacteria in dysbiosis often produce odorous compounds like sulfur and ammonia that can make their way out through your mouth.[14] Plus an unbalanced gut microbiome can knock your oral microbiome out of balance, leading to bad breath and gum troubles.[15]
  4. Skin problems and rashes. If you’ve been dealing with breakouts, itchy dry patches, or other skin annoyances, it’s time for a gut check. Your gut microbiome plays a huge part in the condition of your skin.[16] Dysbiosis has been linked with a wide range of issues from acne to eczema to rashes to premature aging from sun exposure.[17] And research shows that rebalancing the gut microbiome could be the key to clear, healthy skin.[18]
  5. Brain fog and memory lapses. Plagued by cloudy thinking, inability to focus, and trouble remembering where you left your keys? While you might blame that on aging or feeling tired, there’s a good chance that you’re really dealing with dysbiosis.[19] An unbalanced gut has been linked to ADHD,[20] learning and memory difficulties,[21] and brain fog.[22]

Bottom line: If you’ve been dealing with any of these issues, it’s time to balance your gut microbiome.

The Easiest Way to Balance Your Gut Microbiome

An unbalanced gut has a shortage of beneficial probiotic bacteria. The best way to remedy that: high quality spore probiotics. Unlike “regular” probiotics, spore probiotics have a unique protective casing that helps them survive stomach acid and other hazards. That lets them easily withstand the high temperatures of your digestive tract. So they get to your gut 100% alive and ready to get to work every time.

Specific spore probiotics known to provide balance and support a diverse population of beneficial bacteria in the gut microbiome include:

  • Bacillus indicus HU36™, a unique strain of probiotics that produces powerful carotenoid antioxidants that keep free radicals under control 
  • Bacillus subtilis HU58™, which supports a well-balanced, harmonious gut microbiome where diverse probiotic bacteria can flourish
  • Bacillus coagulans, a powerful immune-supporting probiotic that produces L-lactic acid and helps stabilize a healthy gut microbiome 
  • Bacillus clausii, which promotes a diverse population of probiotic bacteria in the gut to support digestive, immune, and respiratory health

With a healthy, well-balanced gut microbiome, you’ll be able to feel your best every day.

Power Your Best Gut Health With Clinically Proven Spore-based Technology

Your gut microbiome is the centerpiece of your overall health and wellness, so you want to make sure it’s in good balance all the time. That means full of a wide variety of probiotic bacteria that can grow, flourish, and focus on delivering plentiful health benefits instead of competing for space with the other guys that you don’t want around.

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  • Bacillus subtilis HU58™
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  • Bacillus clausii (SC-109)

This proven effective blend of spore probiotics helps keep your gut microbiome in optimal balance to support overall wellness. 

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