It’s no secret that the gut is a key player in overall health. From digestion to immunity, it does more for us than we sometimes know. One of the most important parts of your gut are the bacteria living there – these are called “gut flora.” It’s necessary to maintain healthy levels of good bacteria and keep harmful strains at bay. This blog post will discuss three types of gut conditions that women need to be aware of so they can take steps towards prevention or treatment early on!
Types of Gut Conditions That Women Should Look Out For
Leaky gut syndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where the lining of the intestines become permeable, allowing proteins to pass through into circulation. In turn, these can cause an autoimmune response as your body creates antibodies against them – this is one way that food sensitivities develop. This results in inflammation throughout your whole system and has been linked with numerous diseases from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to arthritis to depression.
Leaky gut tends to be initiated by dietary triggers such as gluten or dairy products which are hard for everyone’s digestive systems to break down but especially problematic for those suffering from leaky gut. It also occurs when you have taken antibiotics over a long period of time because they kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria – this allows yeast infections like candida albicans to overgrow and also allows the bad bacteria to flourish.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is an issue where excessive bacteria take up residence in your small intestine and ferment the food you eat before it has a chance to be fully digested. This can cause gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation depending on whether the SIBO causes excess acid production or not.
This condition occurs when there’s less stomach acid than normal which allows “bad” bacteria like salmonella species and E coli to flourish as they thrive in low pH environments. This usually happens because everyone’s digestive systems produce reduced amounts of hydrochloric acid as we age but also for those who take proton pump inhibitors which are often used to reduce stomach acid production.
Small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO)
Small intestinal fungal overgrowth is another condition where harmful fungi such as candida take up residence in your small intestine and proliferate if they aren’t kept in check by good bacteria like Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria. These bad guys ferment the food you eat leaving behind toxins which damage cells throughout your whole body – this includes brain tissue resulting in a lack of cognitive function including memory loss and mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Other symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.
Small intestinal fungal overgrowth is most often caused by antibiotic use but can also be due to a diet high in sugar as this feeds the yeast causing it to flourish. In addition, those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk because their bodies aren’t able to fight off fungi or bacteria very well – this includes people who have been diagnosed with cancer, HIV/AIDS or diabetes as well as those taking immunosuppressant drugs.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements – diarrhea, constipation or both. While the exact cause of IBS isn’t known, it has been linked with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), leaky gut syndrome as well as certain medications such as opioids which can lead to constipation. In addition, emotional stress increases muscle tension throughout your whole body including the intestines making you more sensitive to pain – this explains why those with anxiety or depression tend to suffer from digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome much more frequently than those who don’t have these types of mood disorders.
Link between IBS and gallbladder stones
A recent study looked at the link between IBS and gallbladder stones which are made of cholesterol, bilirubin pigments from red blood cells as well as calcium salts – they found that women were more likely to suffer from both conditions than men which suggests there might be a hormonal connection involved in why women are far more susceptible to digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and requiring the removal of the gallbladder much more frequently than their male counterparts.
Treatment of IBS is often multifold
In most cases, SIBO will need to be treated first because antibiotics are usually effective against bacteria – this includes prescription antibiotics as well as herbs such as oregano oil, garlic or grapefruit seed extract which are often used to treat SIBO. If yeast is the culprit then an antifungal drug will be needed. This typically includes Diflucan®or Nystatin®which can also help with leaky gut syndrome because it reduces inflammation throughout your intestinal tract allowing the tight junctions between cells to close completely again.
If you’re diagnosed with IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) but notice that you have pain and bloating after eating a meal high in fiber choose low residue foods instead until symptoms subside before slowly adding back high fiber foods into your diet one at a time so that you know exactly what’s triggering your symptoms.
If you’re diagnosed with IBS-C (constipation predominant) and notice that you have pain after eating a meal choose low residue foods instead until symptoms subside before slowly adding back high fiber foods into your diet one at a time so that you know exactly what’s triggering your symptoms.
In summary, there are many different types of gut conditions that women should look out for. SIBO is a common condition that is caused by overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and can have far reaching effects on your overall health including brain fog or memory loss as well as mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. In addition to antibiotics and a yeast called Candida albicans, those with weakened immune systems will often need to be treated with antifungal drugs, whereas those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome may find relief through an elimination diet consisting of low residue foods until symptoms subside followed by slowly adding back high fiber foods one at a time so you know exactly what’s triggering them.