Your gut is more than just your stomach, your gut is the long passage leading from your mouth to your anus. Within your gut, there are trillions of microbes, and we refer to this collection of microbes as your gut microbiome.
The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health.
Any imbalance of good and bad microbes in the gut may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and many more serious health conditions.
Our gut microbiome continuously works to keep our bodies in optimum condition behind the scenes. It helps absorb nutrients that support our metabolic activities, from energy generation to hormone balance, skin health to mental health, and even toxin and waste removal, as it helps in breaking down the foods we eat. Because the gut houses around 70% of the immune system, ensuring that our digestive system is in good working order can help us treat many of our physical ailments.
Gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, and diarrhea, are all symptoms of an unhealthy gut microbiome. With Gutcheck™, you can uncover the underlying issue, and get a better understanding of the imbalances in your microbiome.
A poor gut microbiome causes inflammation in the body. A balanced and healthy microbiome can help fend off Infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Gutcheck™ evaluates the good and harmful bacteria in your gut, signals of possible pathogens, and immunological and inflammatory markers.
A balanced gut microbiome leads to a healthy gut that interacts with the brain, facilitating mental health and well-being. When we experience dysbiosis, it manifests with hampered digestion, causing our bodies to generate fewer neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. Anxiety, sadness, and other mental health disorders are linked to low serotonin levels.
Eczema and other skin diseases may be linked to a weakened stomach. Inflammation in the gut caused by a bad diet or food allergies can increase the “leaking” of specific proteins into the body, irritating the skin and causing diseases like eczema.
Research suggests that bacteria in the gut may release compounds as part of their regular metabolism after being exposed to food. When those compounds enter the bloodstream, they activate receptors in the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure. Some types of gut bacteria may play a role in the cholesterol-heart disease connection.
An imbalance of the gut microbiome may result in mixed messages being sent by your brain. Researchers believe there is a connection between the pituitary gland, which regulates hormones that control hunger. Scientists are currently investigating this relationship in several obesity treatment trials.
Sleep problems, such as insomnia or poor quality sleep, could be exacerbated by an unhealthy gut microbiome. The intestines produce the bulk of the body’s serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood and sleep. As a result, an unbalanced microbiome might be a catalyst for development of sleep disorders.