Your gut microbiome may have more to do with your hormones, muscles, skin, and even mental health than you realize.
This small, but mighty, system can create a setting for optimal wellness… or begin the cascade of dis-ease.
What is the gut microbiome?
The gut microbiome refers to the home base within your intestines that contains trillions of bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. Each person’s home base looks a bit different, with varying levels of each of these microorganisms. Ideally, these microorganisms have a symbiotic relationship that helps us stay healthy and happy.
However, dysbiosis can occur and begin wreaking havoc in the gut.
Dysbiosis is a term for microbial imbalance or maladaptation. As part of the human microbiome, the gut flora can become imbalanced, in which key beneficial (commensal) species become displaced, by less favorable or more inflammatory bacteria or other microorganisms.
How does this system impact other body systems?
Your gut microbiome plays a role in your immune system, mental health, skin, and even metabolic function. Poor gut health doesn’t always mean digestive symptoms.
Different bacteria and pathogens have been linked to things like depression, cardiovascular disease, kidney health, thyroid disease, obesity, and much more.
This is why it is imperative to improve your gut health as a home-base for all wellness.
What can happen if your gut is suboptimal?
Because this body system plays such a substantial role in many other areas of our health, when it suffers – we suffer as a whole.
Dysbiosis is a term that reflects microbial imbalance or maladaptation. At times of dis-ease, the gut flora can become imbalanced, meaning that key beneficial (commensal) bacteria become displaced by less favorable or more inflammatory bacteria or other microorganisms.
There are many conditions and symptoms associated with dysbiosis and microbiome imbalance. These can include:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Skin conditions – rashes, eczema, acne, etc.
- Leaky gut (intestinal permeability)
- Fatigue and brain fog
- Overall indigestion and bloating
- Food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies
- Mood conditions
- … and much more!
Addressing this core body system is one way to ensure overall wellness, as it truly is the root of all body systems and dis-eases.
How can you address your gut health?
At Rachel Scheer Nutrition, we believe that testing – rather than guessing, is key to success. This is because our extensive functional medicine laboratory tests analyze over 170 microbes, 60+ pathogens (infections, parasites, fungi, etc.), inflammatory markers, and even fecal markers.
This provides an in-depth look at your microbiota, so we can then customize your game plan to improve your gut and improve your health. Our recommendations are tailor-made for your specific gut microbiome so we can work with your body, not against it, to help you succeed.
Want to learn more so you can optimize your health and change your life?
At Rachel Scheer Nutrition, we believe that gut health is the root of all wellness. As a result, we’ve created the Gut Health Repair Program. This program will help you heal your gut so you can lose weight and get rid of chronic bloating easier than ever before – guaranteed.
But, the Gut Health Repair Program isn’t available for everyone just yet! Secure your VIP wait list spot and receive $500 off the program by signing up here!
Rachel Scheer is a Certified Nutritionist who received her degree from Baylor University in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Rachel has her own private nutrition and counseling practice located in McKinney, Texas. Rachel has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs enhance their athletic performance, improve their physical and mental health, and make positive lifelong eating and exercise behavior changes.