Many health issues have been linked to problems in the gut – ranging from digestive issues such as bloating, gas and diarrhoea, to food allergies or sensitivities, depression, anxiety and other mood issues, skin issues such as eczema and more serious health issues such as diabetes and autoimmune disease.
The health of your digestive system is generally controlled by the amount and types of bacteria it contains, and an overgrowth of bad bacteria leads to an imbalance. This is known as ‘gut dysbiosis’ and can result in some of the symptoms and health issues listed above.
The types of bacteria we have in our guts is influenced by everything that we eat and do and different colonies of bacteria have been found in those consuming high sugar diets compared with those on a more natural, plant-based diet. For example, researchers have found a difference in the types of gut bacteria found in those with depressive disorders compared to those without.