From Dr. Mercola:
The bacteria in your gut play crucial roles in your health, and your diet can significantly alter your gut microbiome. Sugar nourishes health-harming bacteria, yeast and fungi in your gut, which may actually harm you more than its impact on insulin resistance.
By eating a healthy diet, you allow beneficial gut bacteria to flourish. They then perform the real “magic” of nourishing your health. You may have noticed that probiotics are now featured in articles relating to all sorts of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, depression and heart disease.
As explained by Russian neurologist Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the GAPS diet, a woman’s gut flora can also influence the health of her child, and if your child’s gut flora is compromised from birth, he may be at an increased risk of neurological and behavioral problems, as well as vaccine damage.
Naturally, imbalances in your gut microbiome are most readily associated with gut problems, ranging from mild discomforts to severe inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
IBD — A Common Problem With Potentially Serious Consequences
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as IBD. An estimated 1.6 million Americans struggle with IBD, and 70,000 new cases of IBD are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.1 Both of these conditions are characterized by symptoms such as:
- Frequent diarrhea, abdominal cramps and severe pain
- Rectal bleeding
- Weight loss
- Nausea and fever
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are autoimmune diseases that can have serious consequences if left unaddressed. The symptoms associated with these conditions are caused by inflammation in your intestines, which also increases your risk of intestinal blockages, abscesses, bowel perforation and colon cancer.