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What affects the gut microbiome?

Medically reviewed by Dr Knut Moe,
Sons Medical Director

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29 January 2022
2-minute read

Your gut microbiome is one of the pillars of great overall body health, helping you digest food comfortably and support your immune system. Its own health is therefore vitally important. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways you can build up a strong gut microbiome, not least to mention our own Gut Health supplement. But what actually affects the gut microbiome, both negatively and positively?


Diet


Dysbiosis is the term given to an unhealthy gut microbiome. Gut microbiome dysbiosis can contribute to uncomfortable gut symptoms, including stomach pains, nausea and the inability to efficiently digest food. Among other factors, your diet has a huge role to play in either avoiding or contributing towards gut microbiome dysbiosis. While it might seem obvious, lowering the amount of sugary and fatty, processed foods and replacing them with whole grains, vegetables and fruit are some of the best ways to give your microbiome some help. The gut microbiome thrives on fibre, so make sure to get your 5 a day plus extra nuts, seeds, beans and other high fibre foods. Remember though - consistency is essential if you want to get your microbiome back on track, so make sure to make a disciplined dietary plan you can stick to. 


Age


One of the uncontrollable changes that can affect your gut microbiome is your age. As our bodies grow older, the immune system can degrade alongside changes in physical activity, which can all have an impact on the microbiome. While we clearly can’t do anything to stop the ageing process, it’s worth bearing in mind what you’re eating. This is why it is extra important to look after your gut over time, making sure you eat a gut-friendly diet with lots of different plants and fermented foods such as plain yoghurt, sauerkraut and kimchi.


Cigarette and alcohol consumption


You don’t need us to tell you that alcohol and cigarette consumption is bad for your overall health, but did you know that they can also affect the gut microbiome? Multiple studies have shown the impact that excessive alcohol intake can have on your gut health, so lowering your consumption is a no-brainer. On top of decreasing your life expectancy, tobacco has also been shown to negatively affect the gut microbiome in a variety of studies, changing and warping its composition. If you’re having trouble quitting either cigarettes or alcohol, we suggest getting in touch with a professional as soon as possible.


Improving the diversity of your gut microbiome is key for any consistent, well-functioning body, both physically and mentally. While improving your diet with fibre-rich foods and cutting down on those bad habits are all vital, our Gut Health supplement could be the cherry on top. Containing the live bacterial strain LP299V®, our supplement is taken every day to help improve your gut health and provide the perfect foundation for a flourishing microbiome. Take a look at our treatment plans today.

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