Having good gut health is the foundation for our overall health. An unhealthy gut is the beginning of an unhealthy body and in time chronic health conditions will present.
70-80% of the immune system lives inside the gut so an unhealthy gut means an unhealthy immune system. An unhealthy immune can result in catching many infections and taking a long time to recover from them. It can also present as an auto-immune condition such as grave’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's, lupus, etc.
95% of our serotonin (a happy brain chemical) is manufactured in the gut, therefore an unhealthy gut that’s not making enough serotonin means you’re more likely to feel depressed, sad, and anxious.
The old saying “you are what you eat” is true but what’s more correct is “you are what you can ABSORB”. If you have an unhealthy gut, you cannot absorb nutrients properly even if you have a great diet or taking quality supplements. Reduced nutrient absorption in time results in nutrient deficiencies. For example, iron deficiency is a very common problem associated with an unhealthy gut. Iron deficiency can present as pale, cold skin, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, palpitations and dizziness.