Did you know that within your digestive tract, thousands of microflora live in delicate balance to support your health?
There are trillions of microbes consisting of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live within your body with 95% residing in the digestive tract. This article will focus on your digestive microbiome and the impact it has on health.
Our microbiome is profoundly connected to health and when in balance, these microbes are intrinsic to our immune system, aid digestion, are essential for mood modulation as certain neurotransmitters or brain chemicals are manufactured here. They also activate genes, synthesize important vitamins, support detoxification and more.
Damage to the microbiome, called Dysbiosis, can contribute to wide reaching health issues including digestive problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, stress and mood imbalances, obesity, inflammation, memory/cognitive issues, autism and overall health.
This delicate balance of our microbiome is effected by our diet and lifestyle, with our ability to thrive depending on how well we cultivate and maintain a healthy internal ecosystem to optimize health from the inside.
So what can we do to preserve our gut health?
Consume a varied, wholefoods diet including lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and pure, clean water. Insoluble plant fibre is essential food for our microbiome, as are foods high in inulin found in leeks, onions, artichokes, lentils and oats. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi as they are prebiotics are also beneficial, and provide additional micro-organisms.
Diets high in processed and refined foods, artificial flavours and colours and sugar, perpetuate dysbiosis and contribute to the growth of pathogenic microbes, which can further impair our health. Alcohol, coffee, normal tea and sugary drinks are detrimental to our microbiome whilst putting extra stress on our liver.
Medications particularly antibiotics, poor diet, stress, dietary and environmental toxins are major factors which contribute to altering our microbiome.
For help with your digestion, overall health, and your microbiome directly, Lina Capovilla and our naturopathic team can assist you with uncovering the causes of your health issue and support you to regain your health and well-being.
Call reception on (03) 9686 2566 to make an appointment.