Weird things can start to happen in your body when you experience gut issues. Bloating and constipation are not the only symptoms that can be signs of an unhealthy gut. Here are a few weird side effects that could happen when you need to pay extra attention to your gut.
* Auto-brewery syndrome
A 2019 study, published in BMJ Open Gastroenterology, revealed a patient got drunk due to his gut juices because he was suffering from an extremely rare condition known as gut fermentation syndrome. Lee Ann Chen, MD, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Health, told a news portal "affected individuals become drunk despite not actually ingesting any alcohol."
* Bad breath
There are many reasons one can experience bad breath, from certain foods to poor oral health.An unhealthy gut can also be the cause as microbes found in your gut can produce mouth odours.
* Sugar cravings
If you have suddenly developed a craving for the sweet stuff, it could be due to gut issues. An imbalance in your gut flora may be due to yeast or fungi as they need sugar to survive. A 2014 study published in BioEssays found they could even cause you to want to eat more scrumptious foods.
Gut issues can mess with your sleep patterns. A 2018 study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry revealed microbiome has strong links to your circadian rhythms and has an impact on managing sleep. It may cause you to develop insomnia for a while until you get your gut issues in order.
* May impact on your mental health
Feeling blue? Your gut may be the reason why. A December 2018 study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry found a change in your gut flora can have a huge impact on your mental health. You are more likely to feel more anxious, stressed, or even depressed.
* May have an impact on your immune system
Healthy gut bacteria is good for the immune system and ensures that it functions well. But when there is an imbalance, it can cause you to become more prone to diseases. "Clinical and pre-clinical (i.e. animal) studies suggest that the gut microbiome plays a critical role in the normal development of the immune system, which impacts susceptibility to a wide range of diseases," Dr Chen told a news portal.