You have trillions of bacteria living throughout your body. While some of them are harmful, the vast majority are there for important reasons.
We form a symbiotic relationship with these bacteria. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to survive.
The majority of these bacteria live within our digestive system. They help us digest our food, but there’s a lot more these bacteria do for us.
By analyzing the health of your gut bacteria, we can reveal a lot about your current state of health and risk for a variety of different conditions.
Keep reading to find out more.
What Does Gut Bacteria Do?
The most well-understood role of your gut bacteria is within the digestive process.
Your gut bacteria break down the food you eat, converting it into nutrients your body can use. But research has been revealing a deep connection between the health of our digestive system and our mental health.
In fact, while your central nervous system is located in your brain and spinal column, your gut is home to your enteric nervous system.
Your enteric nervous system is responsible for your digestion, but it’s also been closely linked with emotional shifts. This may be why those with digestive disorders like IBS, Crohn’s, and colitis, are at a higher risk of developing anxiety and depression. The same is true for those with bowel symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, or gastrointestinal pain.
For a long time, we assumed that gastrointestinal conditions led to anxiety and depression, but now it seems like the reverse may be true as well.
On top of this, your gut bacteria play a role in regulating your immune system. Aside from open wounds, the most likely way for foreign substances to get into your body is through your digestive system, so this makes sense.
A weakened immune system leaves you vulnerable to many different communicable diseases. Maintaining a healthy microbiome in your gut can help strengthen your immune system.
On the other hand, poor gut health has been linked with a variety of different health conditions, including:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Autoimmune disorders
- Mental health concerns
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart disease
- Colorectal cancer
How Can Gut Bacteria Analysis Help?
Modern science has made some great advancements in the study of our gut bacteria.
Through sequencing technology, we can identify the different microorganisms that reside in your gut. This can help identify anything that shouldn’t be there, as well as the levels of healthy bacteria.
By comparing your levels with the massive and growing database of gut bacterial analyses, we can get a better understanding of your current level of gut health. From there, Dr. Maria will provide you with a variety of different diet and lifestyle changes to help you improve your gut health.
By analyzing the information you’ll get from a gut bacteria analysis, Dr. Maria can help you:
- Increase the number and diversity of healthy bacteria
- Decrease the number of harmful bacteria
- Identify the prebiotics which can contribute to the growth of bacteria you need
- Identify the right probiotic supplements
- Discover the ideal ratio of different nutrients in your diet, including protein, carbs, and fats
- Provide dietary suggestions to optimize your health and well-being
- And more
Contact The Mindful Healing Clinic
Are you dealing with digestive health concerns?
Do you frequently suffer from constipation, diarrhea, or stomach cramps?
Are you frequently anxious, stressed, or depressed, and don’t know why?
If so, a gut bacteria analysis may reveal the root cause of these issues.
At the Mindful Healing Clinic, chief medical officer Dr. Maria Cavallazzi can help.
Using the most cutting-edge techniques medical science has to offer, Dr. Maria will analyze your gut bacteria as well as your overall health. Once you both understand the root cause of your health concerns, Dr. Maria will work with you to create a new diet and lifestyle plan.
This plan is designed to treat those root causes, with the goal of relieving your symptoms and allowing you to live a happier, healthier life.
Contact the Mindful Healing Clinic today to find out more.