Lesson 2: Causes of Gut Imbalance

What causes gut problems?

#1 Antibiotics

While antibiotics are sometimes necessary, the overuse of antibiotics can harm your health. Not only the oral antibiotics, but also the use of antibacterial soaps, wipes, and sprays. Antibiotics kill both the bad and good bacteria.

#2 Chlorinated Drinking water

A necessary evil. To filter chlorine, use a good filtration system.

#3 Diet

Eating a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates hinders your ability to populate your healthy gut flora.

#4 Hormonal Birth Control Methods

Mess with your estrobolome.

#5 Over-the-counter medications

Especially antiacids and pain/fever reducers.

#6 Refined sugar and processed foods

These foods promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and hinder the growth of beneficial bacteria.

#7 Toxins

Pesticides, herbicides, glyphosate, and environmental chemicals can negatively shift the microbiome.