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Get to know your Gut Biome - It could change your life!

Get to know your Gut Biome - It could change your life!

We each have around 100 trillion bacteria in our body, with around 10,000 different strains at any one time. Your Gut Biome can influence your mental health and happiness, what and how you eat, gene expression - and countless health conditions. Find out how to take care of your 'tummy bugs'!

Your Gut Biome can influence your mental health and happiness, what and how you eat, gene expression - and how your body deals with countless health conditions. 

This blog re-shared from Oh Natural, with insights from Susie, will help you understand why your gut biome is all-important, and how to take care of your precious 'tummy bugs'!

What is your Gut Biome?

Susie explains that there are actually more bacterial cells in our bodies than 'human' cells, and microbial cells out-number our human cells by ten to one. We have around 100 trillion bacteria in our body, which are made up of around 10,000 different strains at any one time. Who is hosting who?

Our gut biome is around 1.5 kilos of symbiotic bacteria living in our digestive system – and it has a massive influence over our quality of life.

Your Gut Biome can change your mental health & happiness

The chemical signals that the gut microbiome release can affect our emotional and mental health. Kinesiologist and Master Pilates Instructor at Suna Pilates, Susie Cleland, explains how this influences her wellness work.
“When we see a Kinesiology client present with multiple issues like physical pain, depression, emotional imbalance, bloating, gut issues, etc – EVERY TIME, the gut biome is involved. It is essential to strengthen your gut microbiome, and we use metabolic typing to ensure that you feed it right.

After all, we are more bacteria than we are human – you ARE your microbiome! When you look after your gut health, your whole body will do better on every single level.”

More and more research is emerging that connects the health of our gut microbiome with conditions such as anxiety, depression, Aspergers, Dementia, OCD, and ADD/ADHD.

Neuroscience News said“The findings included evidence of the gut-microbiome’s formation and influence beginning already in the very earliest stages of life in-utero… [they also found] evidence that depression may also be attributable to disturbances to the gut microbiome at any point during a person’s life, which can be due to stress, diet, and of course medications such as antibiotics. These findings promote the idea that attention to nutrition and diet may be a practical and effective complement to existing strategies for the treatment of depression.”

Your Gut Biome can affect what you eat & how often you eat

Seriously, these little bacteria can affect your decisions! Bad bacteria will release molecules which can 'talk' to your brain chemically, and make you eat more, eat more often, or eat the foods that they need.

The bacteria in your gut biome can even chemically reward you for doing what suits them, and punish you for refusing the urges they have created by releasing toxins that make you feel bad!

Your Gut Biome can influence gene expression

Incredibly, our gut biome can influence gene expression – so eating more varied foods raises the chance that you will maximise the potential of your DNA.

Science Daily said: “New research is helping to tease out the mechanics of how the gut microbiome communicates with the cells of its host to switch genes on and off. The upshot of the study, another indictment of the so-called Western diet (high in saturated fats, sugar and red meat), reveals how the metabolites produced by the bacteria in the stomach chemically communicate with cells, including cells far beyond the colon, to dictate gene expression and health in its host.”

A healthy Gut Biome with the right bacteria can help numerous health conditions

  • Gastrointestinal conditions, Constipation & Diarrhea, Bloating, Nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, Bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative disease, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Skin conditions like Psorasis, Eczema, Rashes.
  • Mental Health issues including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dementia.
  • Obesity, Hormonal complaints, Gum disease, Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes, Autoimmune disease, Heart disease, Cancer.

      Tips to create a healthy, helpful Gut Biome

      1. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is key. Avoid sugary foods and processed food, and choose fresh local greens and foods with fibre. Fermented and cultured foods can be fantastic although some people can suffer histamine intolerance and reactions.

      2. Where possible avoid antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, sugar, sprayed produce, GMOs, and overly sterilized environments.

      3. Work on supporting the good bacteria and challenging the bad ones.

      4. Observe basic wellness principles like – get enough sleep, exercise and sweat, de-stress, get dirty, enjoy life!

      How can Suna help me?

      There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your gut microbiome. In fact you may have a strain of bacteria in your gut that no-one else in the world does! The rule is to work on supporting your microbiome with the foods that are healthy for you.

      If you want to find out what your body needs, and how to strengthen your gut health, we recommend Kinesiology.