What Affects Gut Health?
The factors that cause the gut microbiome to differ from one person to the next are the environments in which people are raised, the kind of food they eat, the habits they have, ethnicities and the exposure to germs throughout life. Another factor that plays a vital role in determining the microbiome in this region is stress. Research points to the existence of a gut-brain axis wherein the gut controls the neurotransmitters that are released by the brain to influence functions in the body and the brain too can control the functions of the gut. Thus, stress signals can upset health in this region.
With the advancements in modern medicine and OTC drugs that alleviate symptoms within a short span of time and are thus popular favourites among people seeking instant relief, what is often missed out on is that these antimicrobials kill the good bacteria along with killing the bad. Painkillers and other drugs when taken often can wipe out the microbiome and leave the portion a storehouse of bad bacteria that ultimately causes issues. This situation not only leads to the bacterial population being changed but the microbiota composition varying can further cause the person to develop allergies, intolerances, and certain infections, hindering their normal functioning.