OVERGROWTH OF BAD BACTERIA.
If normal gut functions are compromised, then bad bacteria could take over the gut. This leads to common systems of gastrointestinal distress mentioned above, including unhealthy weight loss. Your digestive system requires a delicate balance of bacteria to perform at peak levels. When this bacterial balance is thrown off, your body can’t digest food and absorb nutrients effectively.
A few symptoms of an overgrowth of bad bacteria include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
The weight loss is often caused because the body cannot absorb the nutrients it needs to function on a day-to-day basis. The body may become weaker as a result of nutritional deficiencies and a lack of energy from food.
Similar to an overgrowth of bad bacteria, intestinal parasites wreak havoc on a healthy digestive system but might not cause any symptoms for several years.
Intestinal parasites can be as varied as other gastrointestinal diseases and cause just as many problems. There are two common types of parasites found in the gut: helminths (worms) and protozoa. Parasites are often contracted from eating contaminated food or water or by not practicing proper hygiene.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Chronic exhaustion
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Diarrhea, cramps or abdominal pain
- Blood in stool
- Itching or rashes, particularly in the groin area
The walls of your small and large intestines are semi-permeable, allowing digested nutrients to pass through and get absorbed by the bloodstream. However, these microholes that allow food to pass through can grow out of proportion, creating a leaky gut. With a leaky gut, contents of the digestive system leak into the bloodstream or lymphatic system.
- A few common symptoms include:
- Headaches, fatigue, or fogginess
- Skin rashes
- Gas, bloating, and cramps
- Food sensitivities