Often referred to as the body’s "second brain", the gut – and how healthy it is – can have a huge bearing on our overall health and wellbeing. Far from just having an impact on digestive issues, the balance of the bacteria in our gut has a part to play in everything from skin disorders, to mood and memory and mental health issues, to very serious cardiometabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and autoimmune disease.
Most of us do not realise we have 10 trillion human cells and 100 trillion "bugs" – and that most of our immune system surrounds our microbiome.
Essentially, a fully functioning, healthy gut sends regular signals to and from our brains relating to critical bodily functions such as our immune system, vitamin and mineral absorbency, and hormone regulation. It is therefore imperative to monitor gut health closely.
The gut’s ability to keep all of this in check is dependent on the levels and types of bacteria that exist within it. It is vital, therefore, that these bacteria are adequately balanced. Too much of one type and infections can occur, while an imbalance the other way can lead to the lining of the gut becoming over absorbent – an all-too-common condition known as leaky gut syndrome, which is responsible for the majority of autoimmune disease.
In addition to our various health screening and health management programs that include gut health testing, we also offer colon hydrotherapy. Often referred to as colonic irrigation – which is the practice of introducing a gentle flow of temperature-pressure-controlled filtered water into the colon and large intestine - this procedure works to cleanse your body of fecal waste and harmful toxins that are essentially trapped within.
This practice is vital to optimal gut health, as impacted fecal matter can cause an imbalance of the natural organisms that normally populate the bowel. What’s more, decomposing matter can cause a toxic condition and can lead to a range of health problems, including fatigue, premature ageing, serious degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.
Other programs that fall within the gut health range of programs include coffee enemas and detox cleanses.