Microbiome & Gut Health: a new focus for health
Gut health is fast becoming a new concern for health.
There are millions of bacteria living naturally in the human gut (mouth and intestines). In fact, there are about 10 times more bacteria in the human gut than cells in our body. And before now, the numerous roles that these bacteria perform in the human gut have been generally ignored.
It has been realised that any disturbance to the bacteria in the gut can cause or facilitate a number of human diseases, and research is rapidly growing in this area and this is at the cutting edge of medicine.
Some of the important disturbance to the bacteria level in the body till date
- Overgrowth of some certain bacteria that naturally live in the human gut e.g. Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Candida.
- Lack of some critically important commensal bacteria, such as Bacteroides and Eubacteria.
- A combination of both overgrowth and deficiencies in commensal bacteria.
- The presence of commensal bacteria in parts of the gut where they are not normally found e.g. Klebsiella found in the small bowel in large quantity.
- The presence of bacteria that are not naturally found in the gut e.g. Blastocystis hominis subtypes 1 and 3 and Dientamoeba fragilis.
Types of biomedical interventions
A powerful treatment option for biomedical problem is IV therapy. It is very useful for certain conditions because it works faster and achieves better results.
Do you need to enhance your energy, improve your total health wellbeing, treat specific medical conditions, or maintain optimal health to prevent future conditions? IV therapy is the best option for you.
Health conditions or diseases where gut health can play a vital role
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Discomfort in the abdomen
- Bloating and/or flatulence
- Coeliac disease
- Crohn’s disease
Patients will often have had many tests and then told there is nothing wrong with them.
These men typically find it difficult to lose weight despite an appropriate weight-loss diet and exercise programme.
Atherosclerosis (build-up of ‘plaque’ in the arteries, driven by oxidative stress).
- ‘Hay fever’
Poor quality sleep (when other conditions have been excluded, such as obstructive sleep apnoea).
Anxiety and Depression (when low mood appears to have no specific trigger).
Common causes of an imbalanced gut microbiome
- Being born by caesarian section, when natural exposure to vaginal bacteria doesn’t occur
- Bottle-fed in the first year of life
- The chlorine in our tap water (which is added to specifically kill bacteria and parasites in the water supply)
- Past heavy use of antibiotics as they also kill important bacteria in the gut (e.g. amoxycillin for chest infections)
- Alcohol, which by its own nature kills bacteria.
How do we test for gut microbiome imbalances?
We use a specialised stool analyses using culture and the PCR method. This process normally takes 4 weeks.