Bacteria Insider: The Gut Microbiome

Amazingly, there are over 100 trillion bacteria residing in 27 feet of intestines inside of you right now.  This enormously important ecosystem in the body is known as the Gut Microbiome. The Gut Microbiome hosts about 80% of the immune system and plays a role in the production and secretion of hormones created in the brain. It also helps control inflammation, regulates the metabolism of food and drugs, and protects the body from pathogens.

Imbalances in the gut microbiome have been linked to:

  • Brain fog and fatigue
  • Mood issues
  • Weight gain
  • Increased inflammation
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Irregular bowel habits
  • Skin imperfections

Addressing the Main Issues:

The standard American diet has created a people addicted to sugar, gluten and dairy; unaware that a thin layer of cells lining the gut is being damaged. Consuming these unhealthful foods can foster an environment where bad bacteria grows rapidly and good bacteria die off.

Supporting The Healing Process:

Each individual has a unique gut microbiome, there is no one right way to support its overall health. That being said, there are several molecules that stand out when it comes to supporting the integrity of the gut lining and recolonization of beneficial microbes.

  • Gut Repair: After antibiotics, food sensitivities, stomach bugs, and processed food galore, gastrointestinal lining becomes damaged. Supporting lowered inflammation with Curcumin and repair with molecules like Zinc Carnosine, which studied to support GI integrity and stimulate the gastrointestinal tract repair, is a great first step. Omega-3s also play a major role in maintaining gut lining integrity.
  • Functionality: Artichoke studied to prevent fermentation that can cause bloating. Ginger relieved gut upset, supports reduced bloating and sped up stomach emptying. Olive Leaf Extract supports probiotic growth and metabolism.
  • Bacteria: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support a wide range of systems in our body. There are support products like Femdophilus that contains clinically researched strains for urinary and vaginal health, while Visbiome has been studied in over 70 published human clinical over a variety of ailments.

Each gut is going to require an individualized approach due to the diversity of the microbiome from person to person. Speak with a nutritionist today to get a personalized approach.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your doctor first before starting any new supplements.