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What Happens To Your Health When Your Body Doesn't Have Enough Good Bacteria?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

 
When you hear the word bacteria, you probably think of it as a negative thing. Bacteria is what causes a lot of common illness and disease, so surely you want to keep it as far away from our body as possible? Actually, it’s not quite that simple because there are bad bacteria that cause illnesses, but there are also good bacteria, which have an important role to play in managing your health.

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We are only now starting to understand the importance of maintaining the right balance of bacteria in the body. But what happens when your levels of good bacteria are too low?
 
Digestive Issues

Most of the important bacteria in the body is found in your gut. The microbiome inside the gut has a widespread impact on all areas of the body and if it is out of balance, you will notice all sorts of different symptoms. However, the most obvious issue you will experience is digestive problems. If you find that you suddenly feel nauseous or your bowel movements have changed a lot, this could be down to a lack of good bacteria in your gut and an influx of bad bacteria. There may be another underlying cause so it’s best to see a doctor, but you should also consider whether it could be down to the bacteria in your gut.
 
Vaginal Infections

Many women suffer from vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, and these are caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Good bacteria maintain the right acidity but when that bacteria is not present, the acidity changes and that allows bad bacteria to grow, which leads to infections. If you think that you may have an infection, you need to find a suitable bacterial vaginosis treatment right away, but you should also think about prevention in the future. Make sure to avoid any heavily perfumed soaps and if you do need to use a treatment, use the full course. If the problem keeps recurring, you should seek advice from a doctor.
 
Mental Health Issues

There are a number of different things that can cause mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Stress is a big contributor, which is why it’s important to have a good self-care routine in place to help you relax and manage your stress and anxiety. Many people suffer from mental health problems due to past trauma and the only way to deal with this is to use talking therapies to unpack those problems and come to terms with them. However, a lot of people overlook the role that gut bacteria has to play in mental health.

Recent studies show that there is a strong link between gut bacteria and mental health and people with an imbalance are more likely to develop mental health problems. The link goes both ways and mental health issues can lead to a reduction in good bacteria, so this is a big problem.

Although some bacteria can cause disease, there are a lot of good bacteria that are vital to our health. These are just some of the problems that can occur when your body doesn’t have enough healthy bacteria.




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