In Traditional Naturopathic Philosophy the gut is considered the ‘seat of all health’ and we’ve known this for years. Fast-forward to the past few years and research in this area has exploded, which is great, it provides patients and me as a practitioner with more information than ever. It’s not surprising then that managing gastrointestinal tract disorders is a key step to managing almost all of our body systems. Managing digestive disorders isn’t always straight forward which is why it’s more important than ever to get a ‘personalised’ approach when it comes to addressing GIT dysfunction
To truly restore gut health, my detective work will consider your diet, enzyme and liver function, bacteria, barrier function, immune function and Enteric Nervous system function (guts second brain).
Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of trillions of microorganisms and their genetic material that live in your intestinal tract. These microorganisms, mainly bacteria, are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing. 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 with each person having a unique bacterial footprint.
With an increase in processed foods, sugar, binge drinking, low fibre intake and antibiotic use, an imbalance in gut bacteria can occur leading to overgrowth.