I can't say it enough: Your gut is the foundation for your overall health and well-being. A compromised gut has been linked to many modern health problems, including anxiety, depression, autoimmune conditions, and even cancer. One common misconception is that you have to be having gut symptoms—like diarrhea, bloating, food intolerances, and gas—to have gut dysfunction; that is simply not the case. About 22 percent of people with underlying digestive problems do not have any sort of obvious digestive symptoms.
So what happens when your gut health is out of whack? When your gastrointestinal tract is damaged, undigested food particles and toxins end up entering your bloodstream, leading to a cascade of chronic inflammation. Microbiome imbalances such as SIBO and candida overgrowth can also upset your gut and contribute to chronic health problems.