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8 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut – BePure Wellness

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Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut can be linked to a wide range of health concerns. We may immediately think of indigestion and bloating when it comes to gut health, but new research shows connections between our gut and diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune conditions, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and mental health concerns and more.

“Gut health is an influencer of overall health, including mental health”.

So, how do you know if an unhealthy gut applies to you? 

Extremes of an unhealthy gut can present as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or bloating or gas, but there are other signs to be aware of, some you may have been experiencing for your whole life without realising the ways you can support and manage them or even be rid of them!

Let’s jump into each of the 8 signs in more detail below…

Signs of an unhealthy gut:


1. Digestive issues like bloating, gas or diarrhoea

These are the hallmark signs of gut dysfunction. In large, this is related to the health; both number and diversity, of the bacteria living inside our gut, intestines, stomach and colon and our digestive enzymes. 

Our gut bacteria are called our microbiome and experiences such as irregular bowel movements to the point of diarrhoea, or gas can occur when the balance of bacteria is not right.

“The number and diversity of bacteria living inside your gut impact your overall health and wellness.”

To support your gut back to balance, adding in prebiotic and probiotic foods or a quality probiotic to improve your gut microbiome is a great place to start. 

Gas in particular is a sign that food is fermenting in your gut. This happens when  we have insufficient stomach acid or an imbalance of bacteria to break down the food we’ve eaten.

If it’s the likes of food repeating on you or digestive issues, adding in digestive enzymes to help boost your stomach acid and break down your food is important and can be a life changer when it comes to reducing bloating


2. Sugar cravings

Scientists have found that gut bacteria actually secretes special proteins that are similar to hunger-regulating hormones; leptin and ghrelin. These proteins affect both our food cravings and mood.

To sum it up, the bacteria try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on. So, if you eat a lot of sugar you feed the unhelpful bacteria that love it and they secrete the proteins to make you crave sugar more. It’s a vicious cycle.

“Bacteria try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on, making you crave things like sugar”

It’s also somewhat of a relief. It’s not a lack of willpower that contributes totally to our weakness for the sweet stuff. Fixing our gut can eradicate the bacteria that cause us to crave these foods in the first place and over time we can reduce these cravings.


3. Bad breath 

Chronic bad breath is called halitosis. In most circumstances, halitosis stems from odor-inducing microbes that reside in between your teeth and gums, and on our tongue. It can also be caused by bacteria linked to gum disease.

A healthy digestive system is crucial for optimal overall health. The ratio of good and bad bacteria is an l indicator of the condition of your health.

Having less-than-optimal gut flora can also make us vulnerable to health conditions linked to bad breath, such as kidney infections and poorly managed diabetes.


4. Food allergies or sensitivities 

If you suffer from food intolerances such as gluten or dairy, this is almost always a result of leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is when your gut barrier is compromised, which is not ideal, as your gut barrier is your gatekeeper that decides what gets in and what stays out of your digestive system.

When you think about it, our gut is a system that operates entirely on its own. It is a sealed passageway from our mouth to our bottom. Technically, the scope with which it interacts with other organs in our body is somewhat limited.

Anything that goes in the mouth and isn’t digested will pass right out the other end. This is, in fact, one of the most important functions of the gut: to prevent foreign substances from entering the body.

When the intestinal barrier becomes permeable i.e. leaky gut syndrome, large protein molecules escape into the bloodstream. Since these proteins don’t belong outside of the gut, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. This immune response shows up as food intolerances and are often related to foods we eat the most of, because they’re showing up and being ‘tagged’ as invaders more often within our body. 

Common food intolerances include gluten and dairy and are a great place to start when testing avoiding foods to improve your unhealthy gut symptoms.


5. Moodiness, anxiety and depression

Part of the reason micronutrient deficiencies can be linked to our mental health is compromised gut function. Even if a person with mental health challenges did have access to appropriate nutrition or levels of micronutrients, a leaky gut, lack of good gut bacteria or levels of stomach acid may mean they are unable to absorb these precious nutrients.

A compromised gut will affect our ability to use serotonin and dopamine—our happy hormones—and vitamin D within our body.

The majority of serotonin and about half of our dopamine is made in our gut. If we have a leaky gut, our body will lose much of the serotonin and dopamine it produces. Addressing any gut dysbiosis will be critical for supporting mental health in these instances.

In a nutshell, the inner workings of our digestive system don’t just help us digest food, but also guide and balance our emotions.


6. Skin problems like eczema

A common sign of food intolerance is eczema. This article on what’s driving your eczema investigates the link between the health of your microbiome and eczema conditions and explores common intolerances like gluten and dairy.

Again, with a leaky gut, our body may erroneously ‘tag’ or ‘mark’ food proteins that leak from our gut as bad and we then exhibit the physical symptoms of food intolerances like irritated skin which can vary from mild to severe but in a lot of cases is entirely avoidable.


7. Diabetes

Research is now showing the health of our microbiota can give clues as to whether or not we have type two diabetes. Recently, four Russian researchers studied differences in the changes in the microbes of the large intestine, reporting their findings on the link between gut bacteria and type two diabetes in the journal of Endocrinology Connections.

In the study, gut microbial composition and glucose level were analysed in 92 patients including 20 with type 2 diabetes and 48 healthy subjects without any chronic disease. An additional 24 subjects showed signs of pre-diabetes.

The scientists compared the presentation of intestinal microbes among the groups in the study participants, as well as differences in diet. In doing so, they were able to link the level of glucose intolerance with the presence of three types of microbiota: Blautia, Serratia and Akkermansia bacteria. While all three are found in healthy people, their numbers are “greatly increased where diabetes is present.”

“The scientists concluded that one possible cause and effect between intestinal bacteria and diabetes is that certain bacteria incite an immune response. Within the intestinal bacteria population, there are microbes that form toxins that enter the gut and then cause inflammation throughout the body, including liver and fat cells that can affect overall metabolism and insulin sensitivity.”


8. Autoimmune conditions and suppressed immunity

The link between leaky gut and autoimmune conditions is significant. When proteins and food particles pass through the gut lining and get into our bloodstream, this results in inflammation of the body. Unsurprising since they’re not supposed to be there! Inflammation in the body can present itself as eczema, pain in the abdomen, unusual bowel movements, and even headaches. When we prevent a leaky gut by strengthening our gut lining or avoiding foods that don’t agree with us, we can reduce or eliminate these unwanted side-effects.

“I have not seen a client at the BePure Clinic with thyroid issues who has not had leaky gut, in particular an intolerance to gluten.” – Ben Warren

What does this mean for you?

It’s understandable that we might experience any of the above signs and not realise they have any link at all to our gut. Things like craving sugar seem like a normal part of life, which in some cases can lead to us berating ourselves for a 3pm slump biscuit. But once we start to understand the role our gut plays in our health and diet, we can start to address the cause rather than the symptoms.

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Pelosi: ‘Americans Celebrate the Beauty, Bravery and Vibrancy of Our Cherished LGBTQ Communities’

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, June 28, 2015. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Tuesday—the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month—to express her commitment to serving the LGBTQ community in the United States.

“Every June, Americans celebrate the beauty, bravery and vibrancy of our cherished LGBTQ communities and commemorate the remarkable progress our nation has made toward full equality,” Pelosi said.

“Tragically, hatred and bigotry still linger today: an alarming wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping statehouses across the nation, while transgender women of color are suffering rising violence in our communities,” said Pelosi.

“As these dark forces threaten to erode our hard-won progress, we cannot relent until our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors can live with safety, dignity and pride,” she said.

“Pelosi Statement on LGBTQ Pride Month

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month:

“‘Every June, Americans celebrate the beauty, bravery and vibrancy of our cherished LGBTQ communities and commemorate the remarkable progress our nation has made toward full equality.  Just five decades ago, proud activists at the Stonewall Inn boldly rejected centuries of hatred and persecution in a moment that changed America and, indeed, the world.  During Pride Month, we carry on what began in the streets of New York City, proudly marching to demand an end to bigotry and to advance the cause of justice.

“‘Our nation has taken important strides toward full equality, thanks to generations of leaders and activists who rallied support for the gay community during the HIV/AIDS crisis, passed protections against discrimination and hate crimes, defeated the appalling ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, secured the right to marriage equality and more.  Tragically, hatred and bigotry still linger today: an alarming wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping statehouses across the nation, while transgender women of color are suffering rising violence in our communities.  As these dark forces threaten to erode our hard-won progress, we cannot relent until our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors can live with safety, dignity and pride.

“‘That is why, in February, the Democratic House once again passed the landmark Equality Act, which must become law.  The House salutes President Biden and Vice President Harris for their leadership, ensuring that LGBTQ Americans are protected against discrimination under the Civil Rights Act, ending the shameful ban on transgender service members, working to protect transgender youth and stopping anti-LGBTQ discrimination in our health care system.  This Pride Month, let us recommit ourselves to finally realizing our nation’s founding creed: that all are equal.’”

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Dolly Parton on New Fragrance, Going Into Beauty – WWD

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Two years after signing a licensing deal with IMG, multihyphenate entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton is making her first plays in beauty.

In her first bid for the beauty consumer, Parton — who has had a busy year, from funding coronavirus vaccine research to the opening of Dollywood, her theme park in Tennessee — is introducing Dolly — Scent From Above, her first fragrance line in partnership with Scent Beauty.

The fragrance line includes two eau de parfums, which will launch on HSN on July 28; a body cream; an eau de toilette, and a body mist in Walmart, Walgreens, Scent Beauty’s website and an Instagram store. Prices range from $40 to $65; industry sources think the range will surpass $40 million in sales during its first year at retail.

Fragrance made perfect sense for her first beauty product, Parton told WWD, given her own relationship with scent. “When I signed my branding deal with IMG, I thought, ‘I’m going to start with perfume.’ Everybody has always told me how good I smell,” Parton said. “I felt like a mad scientist trying to find the right combination, but we did and it took us about two years. I’m going to be doing wigs and accessories and makeup.”

Scent Beauty’s licensing deal with Parton was a coup for the company, which is optimistic about the line’s performance — and its tailored approach to distribution. “Dolly Parton is a cultural icon that’s resonating with Americans and people all over the world — she’s cross-generational,” said Steve Mormoris, chief executive officer of Scent Beauty. “Given this broad appeal and icon status, we decided to not pursue any one channel, but to have a broad-base distribution strategy from luxury channels to mass.”

HSN shared Mormoris’ enthusiasm. “As an admired musical icon and adored philanthropist with her endless contributions spanning over several decades, we are excited to add Dolly’s fragrance to our portfolio and share her inspirational story with our customers,” Bridget Love, general merchandising manager, vice president of beauty merchandising, QVC and HSN, said in an email.

Mormoris added that Scent is eyeing other categories, such as hair mists and home fragrances, for expansion, and will be sold internationally as well.

Parton has more products in mind, too. “I’m going to be doing wigs, and accessories and makeup,” she said. “I’m going to hopefully create a scent for the men in my life, too. Although Dolly — Scent from Above smells so good, I think the boys will want to wear it.”

Although Parton and Scent Beauty are casting a wide net with the distribution strategy, Parton is still making the process her own. “I actually wrote a song for it, called Sent From Above,” Parton said. “I don’t think that Liz Taylor ever wrote songs [for her perfume].”

“I think I’ll have a fun time promoting it and enjoy getting out there and talking about it,” Parton continued. “I really want to see how people respond to it.”

She has no plans to slow down, either in or out of beauty. “I’m working on a lot of new music and some fun, exciting things at the end of the year,” she said. “I’m working on different projects, but right now I’m occupied with hawking my goods.”

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Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

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Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Cloud Paintings by Ksenya Verse

Looking at one of Ksenya Verse‘s paintings is a good reminder to look at the sky more often. The Arizona-based artist captures the nebulous forms of clouds and their numerous colors in her exquisite oil paintings.

Originally from Russia, Verse moved to Arizona at the age of 19 to “broaden her visual and cultural perspectives.” There, she fell in love with the striking landscape of the American Southwest, finding particular fascination with the uninterrupted horizons, dramatic cloud formations, and shimmering bodies of water. “My work is all about the innate connection between the external sky and our internal emotions,” she explains on her website.

Verse creates her mutable clouds by layering different colors in soft, rounded shapes, and by emphasizes light and shadow. This connection to the sun and how it affects the appearance of the clouds is what brings the amorphous shapes to life. In addition, the artist uses composition to accentuate the size of her cloud formations by taking up most of the space with the sky and leaving the landscape as a thin strip at the bottom of the panel.

You can purchase original artwork via Verse’s website, and learn more about her painting process by following the artist on Instagram.

Arizona-based artist Ksenya Verse creates exquisite paintings of cloudy skies.

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