What is the gut microbiome?
The gut microbiome is the collection of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa, that live in the gastrointestinal tract. These microorganisms play an important role in maintaining the health of the gut and the overall well-being of the host. The gut microbiome helps in the digestion of food, production of vitamins, regulation of the immune system, and protection against harmful pathogens. The composition of the gut microbiome is unique to each individual and can be influenced by factors such as diet, genetics, and medications. An imbalance in the gut microbiome, known as dysbiosis, has been linked to a variety of health issues such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and allergies.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut. They help to promote the growth and activity of these bacteria, which can improve the balance of the gut microbiome and support overall gut health. Examples of prebiotics include fibers like inulin, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), and resistant starches.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial bacteria found in the human gut. They are often referred to as “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they can help to balance the gut microbiome and improve overall health. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, as well as dietary supplements.
What are postbiotics?
Postbiotics are the metabolic by-products of probiotics. When probiotics ferment food, they produce different compounds like short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, amino acids and other molecules. These compounds are postbiotics, which can have beneficial effects on the host. Many companies are now manufacturing postbiotics that you can supplement. But the truth is, if you correct your gut mirobiota to promote the growth of good bacteria, you will be able to produce healthy levels of “postbiotics” like short chain fatty acids, to keep the pH of the bowel slightly acidic, improve nutrients assimilation and protect your immunity by preventing bacterial overgrowths.
How can a Comprehensive Stool Flora Analysis help?
A comprehensive stool flora analysis is a Practitioner-only test that examines the bacteria and other microorganisms present in a person’s feces. The test typically includes an analysis of the types and amounts of bacteria, yeast, and parasites present in the stool sample, as well as an assessment of the overall health of the gut microbiome. The test can be useful for identifying imbalances or overgrowths of certain microorganisms that may be associated with digestive problems or other health issues.
You will not receive a one size fits all cut and paste protocol for gut health. You will receive personalised recommendations to ensure you are taking the correct prebiotics, probiotics (and producing your own postbiotics) as well as nutrients and foods for your unique microbiota.