The gut microbiome is a frequently heard of and discussed term that is brandied about in ever-widening circles. Microbiome means the environment and its inhabitants, although research is discovering a lot about the Microbiome, there are still oceans to discover, one could say science is in its infancy regarding the Microbiome.
In todays fast paced and often toxic world, it is very common to experience digestive problems and a myriad of other issues that stem for an unhealthy gut.
From as far back as Hippocrates 2,000 years ago and his teachings that “All disease begins in the gut” We know that the entire gastrointestinal tract remains a very large contributor to the good health of mind and body.
When our health professional informs us we have a condition called Leaky Gut, it means that there are minute holes in the mucosal surface of the GIT, ( gastrointestinal system) caused by a number of factors, stress, toxins, medications, alcohol etc. These holes allow food proteins to pass through the gut wall into the wider environment of the body, where they are not supposed to be, the immune system targets these foreign invaders and tries to eliminate them as any good guard would do, trouble is the chronic long term onslaught causes the immune to become a little crazy and attack sites of the vulnerability of the host’s unique weak points (i.e. skin in eczema or joints in rheumatoid arthritis).
Many of us have heard the saying,” inflamed gut Inflamed brain” residing within the gut are producers of neurochemicals; in fact, approximately seventy percent of the body’s neurochemicals are produced in the gut.
Many of us can relate to that anxious feeling in the pit of our stomach most often accompanied with the urge to visit the bathroom when we receive distressing news, a commonly felt and perfect example of the complex relationship between our gut and brain.
The most common symptoms of an unhealthy gut:
- Bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn, reflux
- Skin conditions such as hives, eczema
- Food intolerances, sensitivities
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic Inflammation