Spring officially began on March 20th and everyone is looking forward to some fresh air and warmer weather. Many people, including myself, partake in the time-honored tradition of spring cleaning. While spring cleaning is typically thought of as giving the home a thorough cleaning, there is another not-so-obvious place that benefits from a good spring cleaning…the gut microbiome!
In recent years, the gut microbiome has become a booming area of research and a ton of fascinating information is already available. Having a healthy and diverse gut microbiome has been shown to be a cornerstone for long-term wellness. However, many of us actually harbor gut bacteria that promote inflammation, leaky gut, allergies and even poor sleep patterns. Even in small amounts, these harmful bacteria can wreak havoc on our systems. These bacteria can be overgrown due to a variety of factors, but it is usually due to diet and lifestyle choices. Even worse, once these bad bacteria take hold in the gut, they actually outcompete the beneficial healthy bacteria for critical nutrients.
Relatively few doctors are trained in the intricacies of the gut microbiome and how to get rid of the bad bacteria while promoting the good ones. Usually patients are given strong anti-microbial herbs or in some cases, antibiotics, with the hope of restoring balance. The problem with that approach is that it wipes out your entire microbiome, instead of just the harmful bacteria. Think about it…if you had weeds taking over your garden, would you get the lawn mower out and chop down everything, including those vegetables you worked so hard to grow? Or would you diligently pull out the weeds and make sure your fruits and veggies had the nutrients they needed to continue growing.
With Microbiome Analysis at Shalva Clinic, we are able to pin-point the specific nutrients, foods or herbs that have been shown to get rid of those harmful bacteria species, while also feeding your beneficial bacteria their preferred foods or nutrients to restore balance.
Up until a few years ago, relatively few testing options were available to determine the status of the gut microbiome. However, there is now simple, non-invasive testing available to take a fine-tuned look at these gut microbes. In most cases, this testing can be billed through your insurance, which means there is no charge to you for the testing. After we receive the results, we can identify specific nutrients, foods and herbs that will promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and get those harmful bacteria under control.
Interested in learning more? Contact Shalva Clinic today and ask about our Microbiome Analysis. We will set you up with a free 15 minute consultation to determine if it is the right fit for you and get you started with the testing.