Lets talk about Gut Health (& Poo)

Not a day goes by that I don’t talk about gut health with my clients and yes, that does involve questions about poo.

I am forever referring to what is in the toilet bowel and it astounds me that so many people don’t know what’s in there as they are too embarrassed to look! As young children we had no problem talking about poo but somewhere along the line we were conditioned to stop that conversation. Isn’t it ironic however, that the jokes people laugh at the most are right back there, in the toilet! So let’s loosen up, take it from me, checking in on your poo is an important health check that you should be performing regularly!

There has been a recent explosion of gut health research and for good reason too. Scientists are discovering that the gut and brain are intimately connected from the time we are born. Tiny microbes that live within us known as the microbiome can affect the way we look on the outside and feel on the inside. Initially, we inherit our microbiome from our mothers. As we grow up, our diet, lifestyle and environment greatly shapes our microbiome. 

A dysfunctional microbiome has now been linked to health issues such as Autism, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, IBD, Bloating, Cancer, Obesity, Allergies, Psoriasis, Acne, Eczema, Chronic Fatigue, Asthma and a myriad of others.

Everyone has a unique microbiome – the natural mix of bacteria found in the gut. The microbiome co-evolved with us and lives with us in a symbiotic relationship as human health is closely linked to this microbiome. The diversity and make up of our microbiome is influenced by factors such as diet, genetics, age, ethnicity, medication & supplements, lifestyle, environment and stress levels.

It’s interesting to think that your environment; where you live, work and play affects your microbiome. That the situations you choose to put yourself in have such a large impact on your internal health. Research even shows that owning a family pet will affect your microbiome and often they will share a similar make up of organisms to the household members.

I am not a generalist when it comes to gut function. There is plenty of  adequate gut advice out there if you wish to have an overview of the topic. My preference is to test and see what is actually going on – with a parasite check and a full faecal microbial analysis. This shows me the microbial balance – all the bacteria that are there, what is missing and what is in overgrowth.

I work closely with the microbiology facility that does this testing to come up with a protocol that is specific for each of my clients. The result is an individually tailored gut protocol that I have nicknamed ‘Gut Bootcamp’. For some people this needs to be a rather intense process, involving dietary change, lifestyle adjustments and supplementation. For others it may involve a few simple tweaks but each case is unique.

I empower individuals to understand the makeup of their gut microbiome so that personalised nutrition and lifestyle can be tailored accordingly. This information can be used for wellbeing, sports performance and general quality of life.

During August and September I will be offering a special for a full Gut Health Bootcamp. If you are interested in learning more about your own microbiome and want some information on the special offering to reboot your gut health, contact me HERE

I learnt so much about gut health from doing the test. Until you get a clear picture of the state of your individual microbiome you really are just stabbing in the dark with trying to find solutions. I didn’t realize how many of my symptoms were related to my gut. Lower back pain, mental fog and forgetfulness, poor sleep, lethargy etc.After having the test it did give me more motivation to commit to the protocol, as I felt that what I was doing was customized for my circumstances rather than a generic program. Somehow it made it seem more worth sticking to” Emma Flick.