People everywhere are waking up to the fact that your gut microbiome is the key to your mental and physical health! Diet and lifestyle adjustments are imperative to balancing your good and bad bacteria, consequently boosting your immune system and increasing your overall health.
The gut-brain axis and gut health in general is a real passion of mine, I enjoy educating people to enhance their quality of life by making wiser choices. With autoimmune diseases on the increase leaky gut needs to be addressed as soon as any gastrointestinal symptoms start.
The importance of Gut Health
The human body is made up of approximately 70 trillion cells, yet our bacterial cells at least match that if not out number them by three times. Over 1000 different types of bacteria, yeast, fungi and parasites have been documented over time; they can be found covering our skin, in the eyes, inside the nasal cavity and predominantly in the gut, therefore influencing the bodies digestion, absorption and bioavailability.
The Microbiome, inner ecosystem & gut-flora all refer to the microbial diversity found in the core of the human being, the gut. Our microbiome affects metabolism, mood, hormones and energy levels, it is home to 60-80% of our immune system and houses several endocrine glands including the production of serotonin (the feel-good neurotransmitter). These microbes vary massively from person to person and are laid down initially during birth. They change dramatically over time due to the consumption of genetically modified food, pesticides, environmental toxicity and pharmaceuticals.
An unhealthy gut can lead to hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, in turn leading to an unhealthy mind. A vast amount of research has been conducted since 2010 continuing to emerge with a focus on the gut-brain axis. An imbalance in our microbiome can present itself by an onset of mild acute pain, discomfort, gas, diarrhoea, constipation and distention, eventually developing into more chronic health problems including but not limited to; autoimmune disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, metabolic syndrome, anxiety, depression, acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Our aim with the Gut Protocol first and foremost is to bring balance to the gut flora, addressing any possible candida and/or intestinal permeability, otherwise known as leaky gut syndrome. Any allergens and food intolerances need to be identified and consequently eliminated, therefore reducing the production of zonulin; a protein that modulates the tight junctions between the cell walls of the digestive tract. Food intolerances are specific to the individual and a direct result of intestinal permeability. Once these foods have been identified we begin the repair and repopulation phases of the Gut Protocol. Healing of the intestinal wall requires a multi-faceted approach and support and guidance from a health care professional.
The microbiome requires the correct balance and maintenance just as life itself. All bacteria, both good and bad have their place within the microbiome and through education, awareness and support you will learn to listen and understand your body.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Naturopathy recognizes the gut as the root of both physical and mental health problems, 70% of the immune system resides in the lining of the gut wall and is integral to absorption, digestion and utilization of nutrients.
Poor dietary and lifestyle choices negatively impact gut health resulting in inflammation, toxicity and deficiencies. Restoring and maintaining good gut health is essential to bringing the body back into balance, this is achieved by tailoring packages and protocols focused upon naturopathic principles of detoxification and
re-population of vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics.