REPAIRING THE MICROBIOME
At our clinic, we focus on repairing the microbiome and addressing microbiome damage, which can have a profound impact on our overall health. Microbiome damage often leads to a chain of events that includes inflammation, toxin buildup, adrenal cortisol production, and ultimately, liver toxicity and neuroendocrine dysfunction, resulting in hormone imbalances.
Healing the microbiome offers a multitude of unparalleled advantages. First and foremost, a balanced microbiome bolsters our immune system, acting as our body's first line of defense against pathogens. By nurturing and restoring this intricate balance, we can enhance our resistance to illness and infections, reducing the risk of various diseases.
A Custom Approach
Our approach involves customized treatments designed to address each step of this process. By treating the underlying cause, we aim to resolve symptoms and restore wellness. As part of the maintenance plan, we recommend a high fiber diet and lifestyle adjustments that optimize overall well-being.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN GUT MICROBIOME REPAIR?
Testing: We perform comprehensive tests to analyze your unique gut flora, immunology, intestinal health, and endocrine health.
Balancing the Microbiome: Based on the test results, we develop customized protocols to balance your entire microbiome. This may involve:
- Increasing levels of beneficial bacteria using probiotics, polyphenols, prebiotics, triphala, tryptophan, synbiotics, and plant-based fiber (resistant starches).
- Decreasing levels of harmful bacteria using anti-microbials and low FODMAP diets.
- Addressing fungal overgrowth using anti-fungals.
- Targeting viral overgrowth using humic/fulvic acid products.
- Enhancing protein and fat digestion/malabsorption through acidification of the stomach, pancreatic enzymes, and bile acid binding resins.
- Healing the intestinal lining (leaky gut) with butyrate, reduced terrahydrite, and balancing gut bacteria.
- Lowering inflammation with anti-inflammatories such as triphala and curcumin.
- Reducing colon inflammation using GPR109a activators like niacin and butyrate.
- Incorporating mindfulness practices to alleviate vagal nerve-induced imbalances.
- Binding up toxic metabolites and chemicals using immunoglobulins.
- Modulating inflammation with Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and colostrum.
- Balancing hormones, particularly estrogens and progesterone.
- Decreasing toxic bacterial metabolite production through customized meal planning.
For up-to-date research on the gut microbiome, you can visit the following resources:
- Gut Microbiota for Health
- Human Integrative Microbiome Project
- American Gut Project by Rob Knight and Jeff Leach
- Enteroimmunology of Food Hypersensitivity and Allergy
In addition to the gut microbiome, we also offer customized programs to address other important microbiomes in the human body, such as the sinus microbiome, bladder microbiome, pelvic microbiome, prostate microbiome, dental microbiome, and oropharyngeal microbiome. These programs involve specialized diagnostics and tailored treatments to promote optimal health in these specific areas.
HOW DOES THE GUT MICROBIOME IMPACT OUR HEALTH?
The gut microbiome, composed of various bacteria including Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria, plays a crucial role in maintaining gut health. It communicates with intestinal cells and immune cells, leading to improved digestion, disease prevention, and suppression of inflammation. Conversely, a diseased gut microbiome has been linked to a range of health conditions including autism, all types of cancer, dementia, heart attacks, strokes, liver and kidney diseases, recurrent infections, mental illness