The Microbiome and the Leaky Gut: How to Take Control of Your Gut and Your Health

The gut microbiome consists of over 10 trillion organisms including bacteria, yeast, viruses and parasites. We know now the microbiome is one of the key determinants of our health, having a powerful effect on weight gain, diabetes, depression and digestive problems. In addition, an unhealthy microbiome can contribute to inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s, arthritis and other autoimmune disease and even heart disease.

A healthy microbiome creates a healthy immune response in the gut wall which contains 70% of the entire immune system. Bacteria in the gut create neurotransmitters, enhance immunity, control gene expression aid in absorption of nutrients, and protect the gut wall from damage. A healthy microbiome is dependent on a diet rich in fiber, low in sugar and chemical additives,  and avoidance of drugs like antibiotics, acid blockers and anti-inflammatories.

The average Western diet and use of these medications leads to an unhealthy microbiome in many people. The consequence of bacterial and yeast imbalance is often increased with intestinal permeability (leaky gut), leading to inflammation, obesity, depression, anxiety, food allergy and fatigue. Gluten (the protein in wheat, rye and barley) exposure often makes it all worse.

Repairing this problem has helped our patients regain vibrant health. We assess the microbiome through stool, blood and urine tests and institute a program of a diet rich in fiber and fermented foods, probiotics and specific nutritional supplements. Prebiotics and probiotics can aid in weight loss, improved energy and better mood. In addition, our food allergy treatment program and detoxification techniques will lead to a healthier microbiome and resolve many symptoms, help weight loss and improve mood.