What refined sugar and alcohol do to your gut
Refined and added sugars, as well as alcohol, can be a stressor on your digestive tract leading to a leaky gut. In addition, sugar and alcohol also feed a particular fungus in the gut called Candida. Small amounts of this fungus are necessary in the microbiome to aid with nutrient digestion and absorption. However, overindulgent times such as the holidays can lead to Candida overgrowth, or dysbiosis, which can lead to further inflammation and augment leaky gut issues.
More obvious symptoms, such as constipation, bloating, or diarrhea may be the result of dysbiosis. Signs of Candida overgrowth may include vaginal infections and itching, urinary tract infections, and rectal itching. However, it’s important to remember that our gut health impacts our overall health. Mental fog, fatigue, anxiety, and mood swings may all also be symptoms of an unhealthy gut microbiome.
Restoring gut health
First and foremost, cut back on what caused the problem: sugar and alcohol. Encourage good bacteria growth by eating foods such as yogurt kefir, and fermented vegetables, which contain probiotics. And, of course, eat plenty of plants (vegetables and fruits) and a moderate amount of whole grains. Some great choices include asparagus, bananas, whole wheat foods, leeks, garlic and onions. High-fiber foods are great fuel for the good bacteria in our guts, keeping them well-fed and satisfied.
If you’re interested in exploring your gut health and want help returning to good health in the new year, get in touch with us today. We’d love to help you find your healing path!