The trillions of microbes that inhabit the human body, collectively called the microbiome, are estimated to weigh around 2kg — up to twice the weight of the average human brain. Most of them live in the gut and intestines, where they help us to digest food, synthesise vitamins and ward off infection.
But recent research on the microbiome has shown that its influence extends far beyond the gut, including to the brain. During the past 10 years, studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of complex behaviours, such as mood and emotion, appetite and satiety, and even learning and memory. Not only does the gut microbiome appear to help maintain brain function, but it may also influence the risk of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression and autism.
The health of our gut microbiome therefore plays a huge role in our overall health and wellbeing. It’s proven to regulate immunity and inflammation and therefore when unhealthy can contribute to conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, auto-immune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, food intolerances, allergies and countless more.
With modern day living, stress, exposure to chemicals in our food and air, medications and antibiotic use, processed foods or poor diets, I find most clients are in need of some gut healing. Specifically improving the overall health & diversity of the gut microbiome. This has a positive effect on everyone’s health and wellbeing.