In an exclusive interaction with Healthwire, Ryan Fernando, Celebrity & Sports Nutritionist and founder of QUA Nutrition shared his insights on gut microbiome nutrition and why it Is Crucial for Your Health
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What is gut micro biome?
Humans live in a biosphere where micro-organisms are ubiquitous and have evolved and existed over 3.8 billion years. The human intestinal tract harbors a complex microbial community of approximately 100 trillion cells, also known as the ‘‘gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota or the gut microbiome’’
The gut micro biome can be viewed as a metabolic organ with its own physiology as it performs valuable functions like modifying the immune system, degradation and promoting the absorption of dietary components, depression, roles in obesity, infammatory bowel disease, diabetes, autoimmunity, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, pathogenesis of many cancers, and even responsiveness to cancer immunotherapy. The gut microbiome is classified into “good” and “bad” microbes and recent studies have linked them to disease pathophysiology. This has allowed the emergence of gut micro biome testing and analysis for patients looking to understand their health in depth.
Why should you do gut micro biome testing?
Sequencing of the gut microbiota from easily available sample makes it possible to find out the inhabitants of gut microflora which is legitimate, scientific and supported by standard dare of micro biome research databases. So you come to know what the ratio of “good” vs “bad” micro biomes in your gut.
How will gut micro biome testing pave way for personalised nutrition
It may be amateur to say that gut micro biome can be changed by environmental modifications only but personalised nutrition provides a promising result to improve gut health and overall health. The gut micro biome vary as much as the individuals fingertips, because of their genetics, ethnicity, immune system, diet, medicines, household chemicals, age, region of living etc. Therefore a standard nutrition plan may not serve all to align their gut microbiome. Every human responds differently to their environmental cues, likewise even the dietary intervention outcomes differ. Therefore it is a need to eat right to ensure the proliferation of good microbes in the gut and benefit from their various health contributions.
Nevertheless, the gut micro biome offers a promising and powerful new avenue in personalized patient care that should be pursued cautiously, but optimistically.