Microbiome Health

The Gut microbiota is a community of trillions of micro organisms all of which play a key role in gut health but also our overall health and wellbeing.

gut healthThe vast array of organisms in this unique environment play a key role in:

Having a Healthy and Efficient Digestive System

– Microorganisms influence the absorption of nutrients, produce digestive enzymes, ensure healthy motility and protect the gut wall from infection and inflammation.

How your Immune System Works

– Whether you have a strong or weak immune system. Whether you are likely to develop an autoimmune condition and whether you have food or environmental  allergies. Therefore the health of the microbiome can influence whether you are susceptible to most chronic diseases from gut related illnesses such as Chrons disease and IBS to allergies including anaphylaxis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and all forms of cancer.

Whether you can Detoxify Toxins  Efficiently

–The gut is a key detoxification organ and many species assist in the removal of toxins including chemicals and ensure a healthy recycling of hormones.

 Maintaining A Healthy Weight or Losing Weight

– Gut Health influences whether you are prone to putting on weight and many species of gut flora can aid weightloss.

Having a Healthy Mood

– You may have heard the term “the gut is the second brain”. A healthy balanced microbiota directly influences mood, clarity of thought and depression.

 

Gut Microbes

 Healthy Gut BiomeWhen it comes to a having a healthy gut biome its all about numbers of healthy bacteria and the balance of microbiome bacteria

The word dysbiosis is used to describe the imbalance of gut flora resulting in detrimental symptoms. This imbalance can be between the so called bad bacteria or pathogenic bacteria and the healthy bacteria but it can also mean a lack of diversity in the species present in the gut.

This imbalance can result in gut symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, pain, reflux, bloating and inflammation.

How You can Have a Healthy Gut Biome

Research has found that spending time outside in nature ,playing sport , being physically active and having pets all can have a positive influence on the health of our microbiome.

Microbiome Diet

A diet that includes a variety of healthy non processed foods which are full of fibre is ideal for supporting a healthy microbiome The more variety in the diet the more likelihood of having a diverse microbiome.

Highly processed foods and and a high sugar diet feed yeasts and pathogenic bacteria causing an imbalance of flora and can cause  a leaky gut . Leaky gut occurs when the gut wall is damaged and it allows the movement through the intestinal lining of small food particles and cell wall fragments of bacteria. This process can  put you at risk for  a range of health conditions including  all autoimmune illnesses  and inflammatory illness and also allergies.

Enjoying a range of raw and cooked organic plant based foods can be very beneficial to the gut as it not only provides all important fibre but also delivers prebiotics into the gut which are the food source for the beneficial bacteria.

Microbiome DietFermented foods can also be used to improve the diversity of our microflora.These include foods such as Kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut.

Other prebiotic foods include kiwifruit, beetroot, chickpeas, peaches ,green peas and cashew nuts.

It is worth noting that if some of the prebiotic foods cause symptoms of digestive discomfort, wind and bloating it may mean you have a condition called SIBO ( small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and that is worth  investigating that further.

Probiotics for Gut Health

Regular use of a good probiotic can definitely enhance the health of the microbiome. Because a lot of the probiotic species are eliminated in the stool it is a good idea to regularly include them in your diet.

The key message though is you need a really good, researched and live probiotic.

Probiotic strains are many and varied and it is important to know what strains are beneficial and what may potentially throw the balance of the flora out more.

Some probiotic species are great for reducing inflammation, some balance the immune system and are great when there are allergies or autoimmunity. Some species are great for weight loss and some for improving overall immunity.

If you have a great probiotic you can increase the health of your gut and potentially your whole body.

There are many probiotics on the market and just because a bottle lists lots of different strains doesn’t mean it is good .It is most likely given the foreign environment of many species in a capsule or bottle they often kill each other off and you are actually getting no probiotic at all. Most shelf stable probiotics are not shelf stable and it is likely again you are getting no or very little flora when you buy these.

When it comes to buying probiotics and prebiotic supplements its always ideal to be advised by a practitioner on what is right for you rather than buying hit and miss supplements from health shops or online.

Microbiome Testing

Up until recently it has been very difficult to understand or know for sure what is happening with your own Microbiome.

Functional medicine has changed this and it is now easy to have extensive analyses of your gut bacteria, gut immunity, enzymes and much more.

Complete Microbiome Mapping and Comprehensive Digestive stool analysis tests are available from Laboratories in Australia and The USA.

You can do these tests from the comfort of your own home.

For more information on Microbiome Mapping click here 

or for a  Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis click here

 

 

Functional Medicine

functional medicine testing

Functional Medicine (FX)  is the field of medicine which involves the use of specialised laboratory tests.

Functional tests give full and comprehensive information on a huge range of health issues allowing for a more accurate diagnosis and therefore a more targeted treatment.It focuses on the root cause of disease and allows for a more holistic approach to regaining health.

I offer a range of Functional Medicine Tests and these can be particularly useful when health problems have been unresolved for a long period of time and more in depth information is required.

There are no FX laboratories in New Zealand and therefore tests are sent to Australia or the USA where there are specialist Functional Medicine laboratories.

All Functional medicine tests require a consultation once the  test results are through.It is imperative that results are interpreted accurately and with relevance to you and your health situation. Consultations can be done via skype , by phone or in the clinic.

Functional Medicine Tests Available  

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Comprehensive Thyroid Profile

The Thyroid gland influences nearly every cell in the body as well has having crucial roles in  controlling  metabolic rate and energy levels. Unfortunately Thyroid disorders remain one of the most under diagnosed health conditions resulting in patients having to live with  many of the debilitating symptoms .Read More

Complete Microbiome Mapping

More and more information is coming out about how crucial good gut health is to all aspects of our Health . This test gives a comprehensive overview of your microbiome and is particularly useful if you have digestive disorders, autoimmune conditions or are interested in having Great health.  Read More

Hair Mineral AnalysisHair Mineral Analysis

Are you concerned about heavy metal toxcity ?

Do you wonder whether you are getting enough minerals in your diet?

This Hair Test Analysis  17 key minerals and 18 toxic metals. Read More

MTFR Gene Mutation

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SIBO Breath Test

The SIBO Breath Test is an easy to perform test which identifies bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine. Read More

Organic Acids Profile

The Organic Acids profile is a great test when you feel generally unwell and are not sure where to start with your health journey. Read More

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

There are a range of CDSA Tests available

This gives flexibility depending on what your health needs are. Read More

DUTCH Hormone Test

(Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones)

Precision Analytical USA offer a range of hormone tests depending on your needs.Read More

 

Functional Medicine TestingAll Functional tests need to be accompanied with a Naturopathic Consultation as it is vital the tests are interpreted accurately.

This can be done over skype or in the clinic in Rotorua. Once the test results arrive I will contact you to schedule an appointment.

If you are unsure which test would be right for you then please contact me.  It is important the test is relevant to your health situation so you get most benefit from the results

The test kits are non refundable once you have used the kit and sent it off to the lab for testing. If you decide to cancel the test before you have used the kit ,your money will be refunded once the Kit has been returned. There will be a $65 adminstration fee charged.

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