Healthy Gut Indicators

How can you tell if you have a healthy gut?

It’s an interesting question that I’ve been asked many times before. Firstly, what is health? Is health purely the absence of symptoms? What does it mean to have excellent gut health?

Having good gut health stems contributes to having good health overall. More and more research is validating the work I’ve been doing for decades.

Most all aspects of your wellbeing are controlled, and have their origins in, gut function. It’s not accurate to say that a person with anxiety has a healthy gut. In most of the cases I’ve seen, people with major anxiety have problems with their gut. Does anxiety cause gut problems or vice versa? It’s hard to know.

Take a good look at your fingernails right now. Can you see any fine lines in them? Do they flake or crack or break easily? What’s your hair like? Has it got a nice shine to it? Does it fall out or break easily? What about your skin? Have you got nice clear skin? Have you got eczema? Have you got psoriasis or acne? Do you have pockmarks all over your skin or other issues with your skin? I find that the people with the healthiest guts have the nicest looking skin.

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What about your joints? Do they click or creek when you move them? Can you feel grinding movements when you rotate your neck? All of these symptoms are are signs of toxicities and mineral deficiencies.

When you have deficiencies, a myriad of symptoms can pop up. The gut is the seat of health providing you’re eating good food, and your digestion works well. If you have healthy gut flora, you are going to be able to digest and absorb the nutrients in your diet. Your cells can utilize the nutrients and help keep you symptom-free.

Provided your food choices are healthy, and you haven’t been pummeling yourself with antibiotics or pharmaceutical medications, you’re going to have a healthy gut. Remember, though, that your lifestyle, not just your diet, influences the state of your gut.

Eating under stress is not good. A horrible relationship, an awful job, or living through a local crisis, will put a huge strain on your gut.

If you’ve got a very happy, balanced, healthy lifestyle, with good family and good friends, the gut should function very well. There should be minimal sound coming from your GI tract. You may get a little bit of rumbling here or there or a little bit of gas, but that’s normal. But huge amounts of gas and bloating is concerning.


About Eric Bakker N.D.

Eric Bakker ND has completed almost ten years of study and has almost almost 25 years of clinical experience in natural and integrative forms of medicine, and has pursued continuous post-graduate study in Australia, America, India as well as in New Zealand.

Eric is the past Vice President of the NZ Natural Medicine Association and is currently on their editorial advisory board.