The Significance of our Microbiome

The Significance of our Microbiome

Year after year both researchers and the general population are becoming more aware of the importance of having a balanced gut flora. Unfortunately, in a hectic modern-day society there’s one thing after another that is throwing this all important homeostasis ‘out of whack’.  From the biophysical effects of chronic stress, pharmaceutical medications, alcohol, sugar and food-like items most Australian’s are consuming it is no wonder there is a continual increase in lifestyle and dietary induced chronic illness – especially when the majority stems from poor gut health.

There is light at the end of the tunnel!

By being informed and spreading that information with those around you we can all improve our health and vitality.

There are traditional probiotic foods that you can consume daily to get more of the good bacteria populating in your gastrointestinal system.

 

THE TOP 3 COMMON PROBIOTIC RICH FOODS INCLUDE:

Home Brewed Kombucha

Home Brewed Kombucha

KOMBUCHA:

This is a fermented tea which is said to have originated in ancient China. It is made by brewing black tea with sugar and a starter culture called a ‘Scoby’ which is a mushroom-like matter that is made up of a wide array of good bacteria.

See here for recipe:

https://www.nourishmeorganics.com.au/pages/how-to-make-kombucha

 

KEFIR:

This is another drink which can range from cider like consistency to lassi like texture (traditional Indian yoghurt drink) depending on the base of which you ferment your kefir on. Common bases include cow’s milk, water and coconut water (for vegan and dairy free options).  This fermented item originates in the Cauca’s Mountains where special fermenting grains are used, they multiply as you make the drink and are then split and passed on to others.

Here is a good company to buy Coconut Kefir through:

http://www.peaceloveandvegetables.com.au/

 

SAUERKRAUT:

Fermented cabbage is probably one of the most well-known probiotic foods. The Germans use it as an accompaniment alongside Bratwurst sausages with potatoes and mustard. The pickling involves preserving shredded cabbage in lactic acid (water and salt) and leaving this for a certain period in which the cabbage goes through multiple stages of fermentation.

 

It is great to include these into the diet on a daily basis but if a disease state is already present, whether that is an autoimmune condition, candida overgrowth, leaky gut syndrome etc it is often just not enough, and that is where clinically trialled, standardised supplementation comes into place.

 

Research on the importance of the microbiome and the direct link it has on many health conditions is continuously being researched and what experts are finding is that it often even comes down to a specific strain of probiotic that may be the ‘missing link’ between health and disease.

 

HERE ARE 3 EXAMPLES OF COMMON CONDITIONS WHICH MAY BE MANAGED BY PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION:

 

ANXIETY:

Since 1910 the notion that gut health plays a vital role in the quality of one’s mental health has been suggested. A 2009 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of the impact that probiotics have on the emotional symptoms of chronic fatigue patients found that Bifidobacteria significantly decreases the severity of anxiety. This is due to the fact that the probiotic directly boosts tryptophan levels which alters serotonin and dopamine production and utilisation in the body. 1

 

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS):

IBS is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder affecting around 15% of the population worldwide. Symptoms vary between person to person but the most commonly reported concerns are; constipation, diarrhoea or a combination of fluctuating between the both, abdominal bloating and distention, excessive gas and abdominal discomfort  which can sometimes be directly linked to specific foods. The probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum has been found in clinical trials to decrease IBS related symptoms in 95% of patients including the normalisation of stool consistency and frequency as well as reducing abdominal pain and discomfort. 2

 

OBESITY:

A randomised controlled trial consisting of participants with high BMI and adipose tissue levels found that Lactobacillus gasseri has an effect on lowering abdominal fat and total body weight suggesting that it would be useful in individuals with metabolic disorders including;  Diabetes, hypothyroidism and hypercholesterinaemia. 3

 

So if you are suffering from a health condition such as eczema, psoriasis, IBS, depression, anxiety, weight gain, fatigue, pain and inflammation make your appointment today with one of The Lucy Rose Clinic’s qualified and experienced Naturopaths and together we will assist you in your journey back to optimal health!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Schlect

Emily holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy from Australia’s leading educator in complementary medicine, Endeavour College of Natural Health. She has worked in the health industry for a number of years and has a special interest in thyroid conditions, autoimmune diseases, women’s health and functional pathology.

Emily is passionate about using evidenced based medicine to help patients regain their vitality and optimal health. This is achieved by using food as medicine, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine and implementing lifestyle changes. By helping herself, along with many patients with chronic illness in the past become symptom free she strives to empower others with the knowledge and optimism that quiet often it can be done.

Emily has a passion for travel, which has seen her globetrot around the world to over 30 countries enjoying the adventure, culture, history and food!

Emily is a registered member of ANTA (Australian Natural Therapies Association) and looks forward to meeting with you and assisting you in your journey back to optimal health.

 

References:

  1. Rao, A Bested, A Beaulne, T Katzman, M Iorio, C Berardi, J & Logan, A 2009, ‘A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of a probiotic in emotional symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome’, Gut Pathogens, vol. 1, no. 6, https://gutpathogens.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1757-4749-1-6

 

  1. Niedzielin, K Kordecki, H & Birkenfeld, B 2001, ‘A controlled, double-blind, randomized study on the efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum 299V in patients with irritable bowel syndrome’, European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, vol. 13, no. 10, http://journals.lww.com/eurojgh/Abstract/2001/10000/A_controlled,_double_blind,_randomized_study_on.4.aspx

 

  1. Kadooka, Y Sato, M Imaizumi, K Ogawa, A Ikuyama, K  Akai, Y Okano, M Kagoshima, M & Tsuchida, T 2010, ‘Regulation of abdominal adiposity by probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055) in adults with obese tendencies in a randomized controlled trial’, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64, https://search.proquest.com/openview

 

The Significance of our Microbiome (healthy belly bacteria)

The Significance of our Microbiome (healthy belly bacteria)