Research into the gut microbiota is exploding and more and more the media tells us how important our gut health is to our overall physical health and also our mental health. The word microbiome is sometimes used to describe the collective genome present in a particular environment such as the gut.
“All disease begins in the Gut” Albert Einstein
The gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria with approximately 200 prevalent types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Therefore, correlating this mass of bugs to what is good and what is bad or what is typical in one particular disease or population is unimaginably complex. Despite its complex nature research is progressing at a pace using technology that measures the DNA of the microbiota. This technology has led to many more species being identified, then by using traditional culture methods, with an increase in efficiency and accuracy. Leading to various characterizations of the bacteria which can then be linked to various conditions such as obesity, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and cardiovascular disease. There are however very few conditions that won’t eventually be linked to the gut microbiome.
But what does this all mean? How can we individually improve the health of our Gut? What if I’m healthy is this relevant to me?
Many factors can affect our gut microbiome such as age, environment, stress, diet, and health status as well as medication exposure. However, these effects are very personalised. Whilst some changes in the gut microbiome may manifest themselves in obvious digestion symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain, or changes to bowel motions. For others, this side of things may remain silent, whilst cardiovascular risks may be present of brain conditions might develop.
So, whether you want to take preventable steps to modify your gut microbiome to reduce risks of developing illness in the future or whether you have some current concerns, where improving the microbiome could benefit your condition or set of symptoms, read further to explore the options.
Nutritional Therapy takes Gut health extremely seriously and addressing it is fundamental when supporting clients.
Here are 3 ways in which I can support you in improving your gut health all approaches are personalised to you
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