Did you know
We each have around 1.3kgs of bacteria in our gut. We’re all composed of more bacteria than human cells.
Your gut is the biggest sensory organ, sending information directly to your brain.
Mental health and mood may be strongly influenced by our gut.
More than half of us suffer with gut-related issues, ranging from IBS and indigestion to auto-immune disorders.
80% of your immune system is based in your gut.
A balanced gut will have less difficulty digesting food & eliminating waste.
A diet high in sugars can decrease the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut.
Poor gut health may be linked to poor sleep and chronic fatigue.
Common Symptoms of
poor gut health
Common symptoms shouldn’t be left as your burden for unaddressed gut health issues.
- Abdominal pain
- Weight gain/loss
- Mental health/ Mood issues
- Auto-immune disease
It’s time to look at the causing factors rather
than avoiding food.
Our Microbiome Mapping Pathology Includes
Imbalance of the key markers of the gut
Firmicutes are involved in energy resorption in the gut and levels may be impacted by a diet high in sugars and processed foods. Elevated levels that impact the delicate balance in your microbiome have been associated with inflammation, obesity and diabetes.
Unfavourable organisms that desire sugar
Opportunistic pathogens cause disease in some individuals. An overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria may occur when beneficial bacteria are suppressed by a poor diet, antibiotics or other pharmaceutical use, infections, viruses or overall poor immune function.
Parasites & worms
Parasites notoriously spread in swimming pools, contaminated water and food. It’s common to come into contact with these organisms when traveling to countries with low-level hygiene practices. Symptoms may be severe, or chronic and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood or mucus in stools, unexplained headache or fatigue, nausea, bloating, anaemia, fever, rash and/or an itchy bottom.
An overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria in your gut has been demonstrated to promote the release of intestinal inflammatory factors and disrupt the intestinal barrier function (intestinal permeability, or leaky gut). When bacteria escape the lining of your gut and enter your bloodstream, it has the potential to trigger a strong auto-immune response.
Fungi & yeast
Fungal organisms are part of the normal human digestive tract, however, overgrowth can cause illness. Common symptoms associated with fungal overgrowth are gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, eczema and other signs of fungal infection.
Depleted normal gut flora
The ‘friendly’ bacteria are important for optimal gastrointestinal function, as they are involved in nutrient synthesis, natural antibiotic production, immune defence, digestion, detoxification of pro-carcinogens and a host of other activities imperative to overall wellness.
Faecal Occult (blood detected)
While one in fourteen samples will test positive for the presence of blood for various reasons, it’s imperative that you share a positive report with your doctor to establish the cause and to decide whether further testing is required.
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