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Common Household Items That Could Negatively Impact Your Gut Health

Let’s take a moment to thank our resilient guts, which can handle much of what life throws at us… within reason. However, the consistent use of certain ingredients hidden in everyday items can, over time, negatively impact gut health.

No one can live in a bubble, but we can minimize our use of household items that have harmful, toxic ingredients that can accumulate in the body and harm the gut.

Here are a few common household items that may contain gut-damaging ingredients, along with some supporting research.


Toothpaste often contains various ingredients that can be harmful to the gut. One notable ingredient is titanium dioxide. Research has shown that titanium dioxide can reduce the production of short-chain fatty acids, a major fuel source for the gut lining. This reduction can lead to inflammation and an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut.


While electrolytes are essential for proper hydration, many electrolyte products contain additives and sugars that can feed pathogens in the gut. These additives not only hinder adequate hydration but can even dehydrate. It's important to choose electrolyte sources carefully to avoid these gut-disrupting ingredients.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are popular for their stimulating effects, but many contain sucralose, an artificial sweetener. Studies have linked sucralose to negative impacts on beneficial gut bacteria and the weakening of the gut lining, a condition often called “leaky gut.” This condition allows toxins to seep into the system, potentially causing widespread health issues.

Chewing Gum

The health of the oral microbiome is closely tied to gut health, as digestion begins in the mouth. Chewing gum can negatively impact the microbiome in the mouth, impairing digestion and leading to further gut complications. Research shows chewing gum can slow the transit time of food through the digestive system, causing constipation, bloating, and digestive discomfort.

Protein Powder

Protein powders are another common source of gut-harming ingredients, particularly artificial sweeteners like erythritol. While erythritol occurs naturally in some foods, its levels in protein powders can be up to 1,000 times higher. Prolonged consumption of erythritol has been linked to gut inflammation and even cardiovascular issues and blood clots.

Mitigating the Impact

Let’s be honest: it’s hard to avoid these ingredients all the time. But you can be mindful and avoid these sneaky toxins whenever possible. And remember to support the gut through a healthy diet and lifestyle to offset the negative side effects.


  1. "Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food and Personal Care Products" - Environmental Health Perspectives
  2. "The Hidden Dangers of Electrolyte Drinks" - Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
  3. "Sucralose and Gut Microbiota" - Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health
  4. "The Impact of Chewing Gum on Digestive Health" - Journal of Oral Microbiology
  5. "Artificial Sweeteners and Gut Health" - Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  6. "Cardiovascular Risks Associated with Erythritol" - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

This blog aims to shed light on the everyday items that may be impacting your gut health. By understanding the hidden dangers and making informed choices, you can take proactive steps to maintain a healthy gut.


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