Gut Health – The Microbiome
Our gut stretches from our mouth to our anus and comprises of our oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. Our stomach empties into our small intestine which, in a healthy gut, should be relatively sterile with few bacteria and this is where the majority of our digestion takes place. Left over, undigested foodstuffs, pass from our small intestine into our large intestine, and this is where our friendly bacteria live, fermenting undigested fibre, breaking it down into short chain fatty acids which are absorbed and are also used to fuel our cells.
The damage has been done
Sadly, as a result of toxins in our modern-day society, together with stressful and sedentary lifestyles and a poor diet, we have managed to damage our microbiome and now we have only 50% the variety of good microbes when compared to 70 years ago. A damaged microbiome results in a damaged gut, consequently we are now experiencing an exponential increase in 21st century chronic conditions such as obesity, anxiety, diabetes, digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, allergies, skin conditions, Parkinson’s, brain fog, sleep issues, hot flushes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. These chronic conditions are all on the rise and are now being called NCDs (non-contagious diseases) and are all being linked to damage to our microbiome.
How to heal
If you are suffering from any of these NCDs it is possibly because your microbiome has become damaged and needs rebalancing with the right nutrition. Enhancing your gut health can improve your immune system, sleep, menopausal symptoms and energy levels, whilst reducing body fat, joint pain and digestive issues.
Working in the field of mental and physical health for 30 years, my career has encompassed the emotional state of our brains, how this is intricately linked to the physical health of our bodies and how targeted nutrition to heal the gut can address many of the health concerns facing society today. For me, it is the final piece in the jigsaw when it comes to repairing our health both mentally and physically.
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