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What's happening in your gut? Naturopath and Gut Health Expert Kirily Thomas Gut Microbiome Analysis

Have you ever been curious about what’s happening in your gut and what bacteria are hanging out in there? Have you ever wondered if the balance in your gut microbiota could possibly impact your health? Did you know there’s a pretty simple way you can find out exactly who’s in your personal gut microbiome “neighbourhood”? 

As you’re probably frequently hearing/seeing in the media, as it’s such a hot topic right now, the balance of your gut microbiota has been found to influence a seemingly endless list of health conditions. This may include gastrointestinal disorders, mental health, immunity, dementia, metabolic conditions, auto-immune disorders, and of course our old friend inflammation.

A Gut Microbiome Analysis provides me with the detailed information I need to give you a run-down of who’s who in your own unique gut microbiota. This includes what your overall bacterial diversity is like (how many species hang out in your “rainforest”), who exactly is living in there, in what kind of numbers (populations) and are the bacteria who hang out in your large intestine known to be beneficial to our health, or possibly have a detrimental influence? Plus, there may also be information on other gut and inflammatory markers depending on the test option that you choose. 

Whilst the results can’t provide you with an official diagnosis of a medical condition, I use microbiome analysis as a clinical tool with many of my patients. This can help guide any supportive treatment I may use, especially regarding what herbal medicines, probiotics and prebiotics would be the most appropriate for the patient I have sitting in front of me. And it also allows me to tailor any dietary advice I give you to your unique microbiome “map”, supporting the health and growth of your unique colonies of those all-important beneficial microbes, whilst helping to control the populations of those less beneficial types!

However, as with anything, it is really important when choosing a test that you use a reputable company, like Microba or Co-Biome in Australia, who are a certified lab, use validated sequencing techniques and have strict testing parameters. When you’re wanting to know who is living in your gut microbiota, you want a test that can report on tens of thousands of different possible species, not a test that may only be able to tell you about approximately 20-50, which is usually only a small portion of species that may be living in your large intestine.

You also want to consult with someone who is trained in this type of gut microbiome analysis, and has plenty of experience in interpreting this type of testing, as it really is like learning a completely new “language”.  I discovered this myself when I did my some of my initial training with Dr Jason Hawrelak back in 2017, but I loved every single minute – I do have a clinical focus on all things related to gut health, gut microbiome imbalances, and gastrointestinal disorders after all, and have spent many years focused on these particular areas in my practice! I am very much looking forward to updating these skills with Dr Hawrelak later this year when my next training instalment in advanced microbiome analysis commences!

Want to know more about your own gut microbiome and find out what’s happening in your gut? Book in to see me and let’s have a chat!

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