There are trillions of bacteria (or microbes) in and on our bodies. Many microbes are helpful like in our digestive tracts where they break down food. But others can make us ill or more susceptible to disease. Dysbiosis (alterations in diversity of microbes) means a microbial imbalance and can have negative effects on overall health.
The NIH Microbiome Project began in 2008. They are studying how the microbiome contributes to our normal physiology and disease predisposition. They are investigating how changes in the gut microbiome is linked to various health issues such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy and preterm birth.
Some studies have suggested a link between gut bacteria and disorders of the central nervous system such as anxiety, depression, and autism.
The gut is full of nerve endings that communicate with your brain. This is often referred to as the gut brain axis. And many even refer to the gut as the “second brain”.
Certain bacteria linked to inflammation have been shown to be higher in those with rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune type problems.
To aid having a healthy microbiome you need to eat a nutritious diet full of fiber (prebiotics that feeds the good bacteria) , live or cultured foods containing probiotics (the good bacteria) such as kimchi, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and follow a plant based diet to balance out the digestive processes and your body’s pH.
Shamrock wants to be your source for education as well as developing your own personalized plan to optimize your gut health. We have links to educational resources, articles, videos, stool tests on gut health, food sensitivity testing, recipes and more. As a Family Physician, I have spent the past 20 years researching and implementing gut health in my medical practice. I have watched countless patients discover health and longevity. We at Shamrock Wellness are privileged to be a part of your journey towards Optimal Living.
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