28 Jun 2017 12:51 PMLicensee Person

Want to rebuild your microbiome?
Microbiomes are a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi and viruses) in this instance living in and on your body; especially your gut. Your body is an ecosystem of about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, contributing to your health in largely mysterious ways. Microbiome research is becoming one of the hottest areas of medicine.

One of the biggest issues in western diets is that there’s not enough food left for the gut. We’re expanding our belts and our health is dramatically declining by eating the incorrect food high in carbohydrates and fats. Foods that lack nutrition and starving our microbiome.  For example  - Broccoli provides nutrients for us, but also contains fibre that our gut microbes are able to ferment (leading to short chain fatty acid metabolites that have further health benefits to us). Chocolate cake on the other hand – not so much.

Anti-biotics have huge affect on your gut microbiome but don’t forget so do protein pump inhibitors (reduce the production of acid in the stomach) and laxatives. Antibiotic-induced disruptions extend beyond the microbiome by predisposing you to future infections. Antibiotics are sometimes necessary for acute infections, but you have to correct the dysfunction that comes afterwards.

Children develop a healthy, adult-like microbiome by three years of age. This is usually fairly stable and self-perpetuating, i.e. acute disruptions can be corrected, as it is usually resilient. However, in some patients (due to diet, lack of resilience, or recurrent antibiotic use), the microbiome moves to a state of dysbiosis. This dysbiotic state can become self-perpetuating and create havoc.

Probiotics are not all the same and they fit into the category of transient microbes. Our bodies have evolved with these strains alongside us. If you want to influence your core microbiome with probiotics, you need to use specific clinically proven strains, at proven doses. These are: LGG® - 20 billion, BB-12® - 10 billion, SB - 15 billion. Just any old probiotic won’t be affective.

Addressing your microbiome health is not just about taking a probiotic, with the is a misconception that more probiotic strains must be better. Take note of The three ‘Ds’ of dysbiosis: Diversity (loss of) Deficiency (of key commensal groups)  and Dysfunction.  You want to be taking a probiotic that will restorate core bacteria (LGG® and SB), allowing regrowth of other species, inhibition of gut pathogens, reduction of antibiotic-associated symptoms and H. pylori eradication (LGG® and BB-12®).

Microbiome medicine is a two-way street the immune system is also a ‘gardener of the microbiome’. The immune system can cultivate beneficial microbes and ‘weed out’ those that are undesirable. If you feel your gut is still lacking a diversity of microbiome your immune system maybe the cause.

Treat the microbiome holistically and comprehensively; includes diet, enzymes, bacteria, gut barrier, the immune system and enteric nervous system. We need to support the microbiome, as well as your body.