Are you wondering whether your health complaints could have something to do with your microbiome?
It could be connected to your gut microbes! There are many species of bacteria in your gut and they can influence your body in different ways:
They help you digest your food
They can influence your immune system; Some bacteria are known to stimulate excretion of anti-inflammatory substances or even excrete anti-inflammatory substances themselves.
They can help protect against unwanted bacteria by occupying space in your gut or by excreting antimicrobial substances
Sometimes the balance of this network is disturbed, which can lead to a whole array of problems. Constipation, bloating and leaky-gut are only part of the intestinal complaints that can be connected to the gut microbiome. Also inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are linked to changes in the composition. Even more systemic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, may be related to a disbalance in your gut bacteria.
Whether these changes are cause or effect is still debated, but we do know that a low diversity is often seen with abdominal complaints. We also know that there are some species that you would rather not find in your gut.
Check whether your microbiome is diverse enough or if you are carrying unwanted bacteria with our microbiome testkit. Are you looking for more specific advice? Do you want to know whether your complaints have anything to do with your gut microbiome? Contact one of our partnered healthcare professionals for a consult.