Gut Health & Gut Microbiome

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 11:00 am

There is increasing evidence and awareness of the importance of gut microbiome, which contributes to overall health (physical and mental).

gut microbiome

What is gut microbiome?

Our gut microbiome is made up of ecosystem of micro-organisms which include bacteria, viruses and fungi. This biodiversity is sensitively balanced to help break down food and toxins, make vitamins and support our immune system. This is influenced from/by our birth and continues to be impacted throughout our life. Therefore, it is incredibly important to understand our gut microbiome and treat it with care. It will go a long way to address our health concerns, if any and to maintain good health.

What factors influence the gut microbiome composition?

  • Method of delivery at birth
  • Infant feeding
  • Genetics
  • Infections
  • Medications esp. antibiotics
  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Chronic diseases

Signs of unhealthy gut

  • Upset stomach-e.g.-bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach aches etc.
  • Unintentional weight changes
  • Sugar cravings
  • Poor sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Body pain/aches
  • Skin problems
  • Auto-immune symptoms
  • Food intolerances
  • Mood changes

Simple changes to improve your gut health

  • Reduce stress
  • Better sleep
  • Eat foods that are primarily natural and plant based
  • Eat slowly and mindfully
  • Hydrate yourself
  • Fermented foods
  • Taking a pre-biotic and pro-biotic
  • Address the underlying issues such as food intolerances
  • Minimising use of anti-biotics

If the issues are complex and/or you don’t know where to start with, contact a Functional medicine specialist who can guide you with appropriate testing and gut health plans.