Considered the ‘seat of health’ across many different cultures, we have always known that the state of your gut dictates the your overall health, and research has shown this to be the case.
Not only is the gut responsible for the breakdown and absorption of nutrients it acts as the interface between the immune, endocrine and nervous systems and is one of the primary organs of elimination, playing a pivotal role in detoxification. Due to its ability to have effects across many different systems the gut is often the first place we start when restoring health and vitality.
The gut houses literally trillions of bacterial cells, which play an essential role in many aspects of human health. These bacterial cells are so numerous that they literally outnumber our human cells by a factor of ten to one. They are estimated to weigh approximately 2 kg. Collectively, these bacteria are referred to as the ‘gut microbiome’ and our health depends on them.
The gut microbiome helps us effectively break down food, produces vitamins, neurotransmitters and other essential chemical messengers. It protects our gut against invasion by foreign pathogens and communicates directly with the immune system. The microbiome is easily damaged by a modern diet, drugs, alcohol, stress and other toxins. When this happens it causes low-grade inflammation that can trigger ‘leaky gut’ or hyperpermeability of gut membranes.
We have extensive experience in gut health, including:
- Leaky gut
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Food intolerances
- Indigestion, reflux and GORD
- Stomach ulcers and Helicobacter pylori infection
- Persistent parasitic and bacterial infections
- Ulcerative colitis
- Chron’s disease
- Management of coeliac disease
- Diverticular disease
We offer cutting edge gut testing including gut microbiome testing, comprehensive stool and digestive analysis, intestinal permeability and food intolerance testing to help clarify the state of your gut health.
We can prescribe individualised nutrition programs along with specific natural medicines to rebalance the microbiome and heal the gut. We are more than happy to work alongside your doctor and gastroenterologist if required to help you achieve long-term improvements in your gut health.