What is the Microbiome?
This is the community of ~100 trillion microorganisms that typically inhabits the body. The human body contains as many microbial cells as human cells. These microorganisms may be commensal (living in close association that allows one species to benefit without harming the other), symbiotic (having an interdependent relationship), and pathogenic (disease-producing).
The gut microbiome consists of at least 1,000 different species of known bacteria with millions of genes. The microbiome can, in total, weigh 2 to 3 kg. Research suggests that the relationship between the gut microbiome and humans is a mutualistic relationship. The metabolic activities performed by these bacteria resemble those of an organ. A healthy and diverse gut microbiome performs a host of useful functions, such as fermenting undigested foods, extracting nutrients, training the immune system, preventing growth of harmful and pathogenic bacteria, regulating the development of the gut, producing vitamins and enzymes for the host, and producing neuroactive hormones.
However, in certain conditions, some species are thought to be capable of causing disease by producing infection or increasing cancer risk for the host. The following diseases and a myriad of others are linked to a dysfunctional microbiome:
- Heart disease
- Crohn's Disease,
- Chronic Fatigue,
The good news is that a dysfunctional microbiome can be altered by diet, lifestyle and supplements. This may improve overall health and wellbeing.
Our microbiome analysis provides:
- An understanding of the different types of bacteria, yeast and fungi in your body
- Actionable diet, lifestyle and supplement recommendations to maintain a healthy microbiome
- Personalised recommendations to optimise your diet to rebalance your microbiome including the type of fermented foods, prebiotics and probiotics that are best for you
- A ongoing testing regime so you can retest your gut microbiome periodically to keep track of progress