4 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut

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We know that a healthy diet equals glossy hair, clear skin, and loads of energy. But, it’s possible that even if your food diary could rival any wellness blogger’s, you still may not be seeing results. According to nutritionists and holistic health experts, one of the most common—but still fairly unknown—reasons health-obsessed women don’t enjoy all the benefits of their superfood-packed diet is because they have hidden gut health issues preventing those powerful (and expensive) ingredients from being absorbed.

Nutritionist, food blogger, and best-selling author Jessica Sepel explains that, contrary to popular belief, you aren’t what you eat—instead you’re what you absorb—and there are a number of signs that suggest you might not be fully absorbing all those $8 green smoothies. “The purpose of good digestion is to turn the food you eat into fuel for your body’s cells,” she explained, adding, “many people I meet have digestion issues [that can make] you feel fatigued, foggy, bloated, experience flatulence, endure nutritional deficiencies, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, weight gain and an inability to lose weight, cravings, low immune function, and hormonal imbalances.”

The link between gut issues and those common symptoms aren’t always obvious, so we’re breaking down some of the most obvious signs of poor gut health and how to address them.