We are now becoming more aware of just how important the balance of the ecosystem of bacteria in the gut is to general health. In a human gut, 3-4Ibs of bacteria make up the human microbiome, the family of microbes that live in your gut. Microbes are bacteria and yeasts, or more simply, the good and bad bugs that live in your gut! The balance of the microbiome in the gut determines our immune response, our brain chemistry, digestion and absorption of our food. It therefore, goes without saying, that the gut flora plays an integral part in our holistic health.
Life in the 21st Century plays havoc with the gut - the rise in processed foods which are high in sugar and yeast, prescribed pharmaceutical drugs and stress have led to a prolific rise in the number of individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It is thought that up to 45% of the population will suffer from symptoms in their lifetime. The rise in chronic conditions associated with auto-immune conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis, are now thought to be mediated by damage to the gut wall allowing antigens and large food proteins to enter the blood stream leading to immune system disorder. (www.theDr.com)
Angela has a special interest in balancing gut flora and has spent over a decade supporting individuals with a variety of health concerns from ADHD to Alzheimer’s. The nutritional medicine of today focuses on improving the integrity of the gut in an attempt to improve health. Up to 45% of the population have IBS type symptoms of varying degrees (www.yorktest.com). Nutritional Therapy aims to change the biochemistry of your gut by using food and probiotics to re-establish a healthy and balanced gut microbiome.
Your gut is so important, and is often referred to as 'the second brain'.
Recent research has lead to the emergence of the importance of the microbiome (the family of bacteria that live in your gut). What many people don't realise is that the beneficial 'good' bacteria in your gut do not permanently reside there… it is up to us to ensure that we respect and nurture them day in and day out… or they might just disappear...
A healthy gut should have a balance of 80:20, good:bad bacteria. Modern society makes it extremely difficult to achieve this balance so probiotic supplementation can be hugely beneficial. By pouring in good bacteria, we allow our gut the best chance to be healthy.