When it comes to digestive issues, anytime I hear,
“I don’t know what caused it, it just started to happen”,
I literally have to bite my tongue and keep my unsolicited advice to myself.
I then talk myself out of prying.
Maybe she doesn't remember learning in middle school that fruit flies don’t just spontaneously generate out of countertop fruit, making it obvious there’s no way THAT problem can either.
Maybe she thinks it’s hereditary?
Maybe she thinks it’s a part of getting older. Yeah - that's it; a side effect of getting older.
When trusted people in your community such as your family doctor, endocrinologist, or dermatologist leads you to believe there is nothing specific you’ve done to create situations like skin issues, lack of energy, and stomach problems, It’s hard to think otherwise.
Yet these sorts of ailments don’t just pop up out of nowhere, and they’re also not all problems you can label with “it runs in my family” or “I’m just getting old”.
Why is this a great thing to know?
It means that you can nail down the root cause of a sign or symptom and make the changes needed to knock it out. In order to help you do that I will share with you some of the most common signs and symptoms of digestive distress.
Read on. You may be surprised at what you learn.
How You Got Your Gut
It’s easy to get tripped up thinking that only the here-and-now is to blame for the digestive issues you’re experiencing, but that’s far from the truth. We start to assimilate our gut health long before we even come out of the womb!
Yes, you can blame your mama.
Events from your infancy and childhood play a huge role in the state of your current gut microbiome including being born via c-section, being given antibiotics for an infection, and being bottle-fed over breast-fed.
As an adult, things like taking NSAIDs for pain relief, experiencing chronic stress, contact with environmental toxins like cleaning solution fumes mold and mildew and eating a regular diet of processed foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates like grain, all jack up your gut.
The following are all possible digestive problems hiding behind seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms. Take a gander.
Signs of Digestive Issues
- Autoimmunity issues (fibromyalgia, lupus, & hashimoto to name a few)
- Weight gain
- Stalled weight loss
- Inability to gain weight
- Frequent sickness
It’s not uncommon for a person to experience multiple of these signs at once.
Symptoms of Digestive Issues
- Stomach pain
- Food allergies/intolerances/sensitivities
- Nutrient malabsorption (such as anemia and B12 deficiency)
- Tooth decay
Who would ever think constipation and asthma had anything to do with one another?
These two lists are by no means fully exhausted. Since gut health goes hand in hand with your immune system function, there are a ton of immunity responses your body can manifest to show it’s reaction to something provoking your gut.
These that I’ve listed are the common ones.
What You Can Do To Stop Digestive Issues
You can start with baby steps and see a massive improvement in your gut health. The simplest of them all is to take a critical look at what you’re eating. Start with these questions:
- How much sugar am I eating and drinking each day?
- What foods am I eating that containing grain/gluten?
Next, I would address stress.
- Am I over-exercising? (Take into account workout intensity, the length of workouts, and the number of sessions a week.)
- Are there too many things I’m taking on with my work?
Once you’ve answered these questions create a simple plan to address them centered around adopting new habits that don’t easily allow you to slip back into your old ways.
If you need help deciding what these new habits should be and want to finally create a personalized eating style that will calm down your digestive issues, sign up for my Primal eating intensive called The Gut Check.