A Healthy Gut

September 28, 2017

Natural healthcare practitioners agree the most important key to good health is a healthy gut.  For this to happen, high diversity and balance of the gut’s microflora is a critical factor, just as a healthy planet requires biodiversity of our environment.

Antibiotics, medications, stress and poor diet are some factors to blame for altered gut ecology and this in turn leads to digestive dysfunction (ie. constipation/diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal permeability) and the many inflammatory, autoimmune and degenerative diseases we see so prominently today.

Recent advances in research have also highlighted the important role of gut microbiota in weight management and in influencing interactions between intestinal and brain function, thereby controlling things like mood, depression and anxiety.  In addition, we know that atopic conditions such as asthma and eczema are intrinsically linked with altered and insufficient microbiotic strains.  Indeed these microbes outnumber our cells 10 to 1, influencing bodily function and health status far more than we currently understand.

What is known is that if we provide the right environment for them to flourish, they will keep our immune system strong, facilitate optimal digestion, stabilise mood, improve our overall health and help prevent disease.

Prebiotic and probiotic consumption is essential for infants, children and adults alike.

For more information on how you can maximise the health of your gut, email me to make an appointment at sara@saradunstan-nutrition.com.au or call Utile Functional Health (07) 3142 4792.