How can this improve your Health and reverse your symptoms?
What is the microbiome?
It is a colony of bacteria that is living as a group in an area, and in the case of the body, this is primarily contained in the gut.
How do we form our microbiome?
It is built up from the time we are born, through touch/ contact with items in our environment
What does the microbiome do? Why do we care if we have a healthy microbiome?
The gut bacteria affect many functions in the body, not just in the gut itself, such as:
- Synthesizing vitamins to assist with digestion
- Regulate our moods
- Reduce anxiety
- Protect against infections
- Protective against various diseases, including cancer, diabetes, IBS/IBD, autoimmune conditions and more!
What can happen if we don’t maintain a healthy microbiome?
If there are too many unhealthy bacteria in the gut, which may arise for various reasons, including:
- Illinesses treated with various drugs, and/or antibiotics
- Trauma (both physical, such as concussion for example, and emotional, such as abuse/poor relationships, etc.)
- Unhealthy Eating Habits (diet too high in saturated fats and sugars, and not high enough in fruits, vegetables and fiber)
Serious health issues can arise, that may show up initially as some very subtle, almost non-detectable symptoms, but eventually lead to disease, if these triggers of an unhealthy microbiome are not addressed.
How do we Maintain and Improve on our microbiome?
Food is one of the main sources, which needs to include both probiotic and prebiotic foods.
- Probiotic: Fermented foods, such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, plain yogurt, kefir (and more)
- Prebiotic: asparagus, bananas, dandelion greens, garlic, onion, peas, artichokes (and more)
Depending on how damaged or compromised the microbiome is, and hence the good/beneficial bacteria, a supplement may be needed in addition to these foods, to assist with improving the microbiome function. This can include both a pre, and probiotic, in various different dosages, depending on how much support is needed.
How can you maintain a Healthy Microbiome?
- Stay hydrated, ideally in the form of water, not caffeinated drinks, or drinks containing sugar. The intake should be about HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES, PER DAY.
- Include both pre and probiotic foods in the diet on a daily basis
- Include high amounts of fiber in the diet on a daily basis (as high as 120 grams per day)
- Limit or avoid all processed foods, foods high in sugar and saturated fats
- Avoid foods that you are sensitive to (which should be determined by doing the elimination diet, and/or some detailed lab testing)
- Have as little use of antibiotics as possible, and if these are needed, support and rebuild the microbiome with the above mentioned foods, and potentially supplements, at the end of the course of treatment.
Through a very detailed history taking, and specific questionnaires regarding the current status of your health, and potential triggers leading up to the state of your overall health….a program can be designed to address the health of your microbiome. Almost 90 percent of chronic health conditions, and disease start in the gut, so it is essential to address this area of the body, to address the health concerns that are being manifested in the body, in potentially multiple different areas. In combination with this, detailed lab testing is essential, to customize an individualized treatment plan, to improve your overall health status, and potentially reverse disease, and/or send your current condition into remission.
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