Our gut microbiome is made of billions of microscopic bacteria many of which play a significant role in our digestive system. Keeping these bacteria balanced, ensuring we have optimal levels of commensal ie good bacteria and reducing problematic bacteria ie bad bacteria, helps maintain a digestive system free from common complaints / symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, infection and more…
The bacteria in our gut microbiome can be described in simple terms as commensal (helpfu) and non commensal (unhelpful).
Commensal bacteria help us to break down and digest our food, convert dietary fibre into short chain fatty acids which are nutritionally important for keeping our gut lining healthy, create a physical barrier in order that harmful substances do not enter our bloodstream and also suppress bad bacteria by taking up their space as well as secreting natural anti-biotics.
Non commensal bacteria can cause stomach gas and make us bloated, may cause diarrhoea so that we don’t absorb important vitamins and minerals, can cause stomach infections and make our stomach lining more permeable so that harmful substances enter our blood stream thus leading to increased food sensitivity, changes in bowel habits as well as low energy.
Our guts are constantly bombarded with an increasing array of foods, additives, chemicals, hormones all of which it has to digest, absorb and eliminate. So keeping our digestive tract and our gut microbiome in optimum health is vital for our digestive health.
Clients initially fill in a health questionnaire which includes a 3 day food and lifestyle diary to help me identify what the underlying causes of your digestive symptoms may be.
Often there is a trigger which may have disturbed the balance of your gut microbiome which if not corrected, can lead to a worsening of your symptoms as your gut microbiome and possibly gut lining are further compromised.
Ongoing digestive symptoms can have a significant and often debilitating impact on our daily lives and I can help explain why you are experiencing them as well as motivate and empower you to make the relevant changes to resolve them.
The food we eat on a daily basis has a significant impact on the health of our gut microbiome.
I’ll guide you through food elimination programmes such as gluten and dairy, FODMAP, Paleo and other bespoke dietary plans to rebalance your gut health.
I also include as appropriate for each individual client general dietary recommendations to support digestive health which include:
• Daily consumption of Prebiotic & Probiotic foods.
• Glutamine food sources to help repair and strengthen cells of the gut lining.
• Sources of fibre which are important for the production of short chain fatty acids which have anti -inflammatory effects in our gut.
• Eating a wide variety of foods to support a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
Stool Tests provide an accurate and detailed analysis of gut bacteria by function, disproportionate levels of commensal and non-commensal bacteria, detect infections, parasites, inflammation, gut immunity and presence of leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability).
Analysis of stool test results offers clients the opportunity to more quickly resolve digestive symptoms and restore balance by providing a wealth of information on their individual gut microbiome which can then be developed into focused individual recommendations to ensure a speedy return to optimal gut health.
Supplements to restore digestive balance can be very effective especially where there is a long history of antibiotic, anti -acid or other medication use or, where lifestyle, genetic predisposition or other individual health history may have compromised digestive health and balance.
There are a wealth of natural supplements to support optimal digestion and as a Functional Medicine practitioner I am able to recommend the most appropriate supplementation protocol to support your digestion and overall health and wellbeing.
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