A significant contributing factor to a healthy gut is having a healthy - Gut Microbiome. Have you heard of the Gut Microbiome before? If not here is some bascis that will help you further understand what is it and why it plays a central role in our overall health and health of the 'gut'.
What is the Gut Microbiome?
- Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of the trillions of microorganisms that reside in your intestinal tract.
- Microorganisms, mainly comprise of bacteria, critical to your overall health.
- Bacteria from the microorganisms live in your digestive system and they play a key role in digesting food you eat, and they help with absorbing and synthesising nutrients too.
- Each of us has a gut microbiome that looks at least slightly different to that of our parents, siblings and friends – your microbiome is like a bacterial fingerprint, specific to you.
- Gut bugs are involved in many other important processes that extend beyond your gut, including your metabolism, body weight, and immune regulation, as well as your brain functions and mood.
How does the Gut Microbiome Develop?
Your gut began to populate with bacteria very early in your life. Some research suggests this begins while you are in the womb. When you’re born, there are many factors that influence the types of bacteria that will live and flourish in your gut – the genetics and health of your parents, whether you are delivered vaginally or by caesarean, and if you’re breast or bottle-fed. As you grow, there continue to be many things that can shape the bacteria that live in your gut. Some of these things are difficult to change, like genetics, stressful events or illness, but some are factors we can modify or control, such as diet.
What is a ‘Healthy Gut’?
Generally speaking, a healthy gut has a barrier that is effective at keeping the contents of the gut, such as its microbiota, undigested food particles and toxins, from escaping into the bloodstream.
A healthy gut will also be good at fighting off infection, digesting nutrients and micro-nutrients well, helping with your overall regulation and repair.
A healthy gut will contribute you to feel well, energised, sleeping well, free from persistent illness - just to name a few benefits.
When there is a disruption to Gut Health?
In some instances, the gut microbiome becomes imbalanced or disrupted – this is called dysbiosis. This can be caused by lots of things, including stress, illness, being overweight, overuse of antibiotics, or eating a poor quality diet. In fact, diet is the most important modifiable factor affecting the composition of bacteria living in our gut. At Nutrition for Life Healthcare we work with you to help you find the healthiest way of eating for your needs and goals and as we work with you to achieve this, the gut benefits. In some instances it is specifically gut health eating that is focused on, this might include insuring a specific range of anti-imflammatory foods are consumed along with a balance of ferments and probiotics.