You may have heard about how someone’s gut can contain both good and bad bacteria?
A healthy balance of gut bacteria is so important for someone with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis if they are to improve how they feel each day.
There are a number of factors, especially in this day and age, that can cause an imbalance in someone’s gut bacteria…
Antibiotics are certainly a huge factor because they essentially come along and kill off the bacteria within the gut (regardless of whether that bacteria is considered to be “good” or “bad”).
Destroying the good bacteria in the gut is certainly NOT something that anyone wants to be doing at any time, especially if they suffer from Crohn’s / Ulcerative Colitis.
This is why I’m always hesitant to use antibiotics unless it’s really necessary (which it can sometimes be), and almost always recommend that someone supplements for a short period of time with a quality probiotic (good bacteria) and something such as Advanced Protection before, during and after using antibiotics.
hint: Yakult from the supermarket is not a “quality” probiotic. Neither is most of what you can buy in Holland and Barrett.
Aside from antibiotics, other drivers of poor gut bacteria include:
I could go on…
For example, if someone was breastfed or not can play a part, as can if they were born naturally or by C section.
Or even if the person was allowed to play outside in the dirt when young, without parents stressing over cleanliness (an obsession with being clean these days certainly doesn’t help develop beneficial bacteria in the gut).
Medication too is known to have an adverse effect on someone’s gut bacteria.
So what’s the impact of this?
Well, it could be huge…
A huge portion of the immune system is located in and around the gut so if that’s not healthy then it certainly exposes someone to an increased chance of illness and health problems (such as the symptoms associated with Crohn’s / Ulcerative Colitis).
There is a much greater chance of developing food intolerances and sensitivities, disease, depression, autism, diabetes, skin conditions, joint pain and much more
Additionally, it can affect bowel movements, inflammation, digestion, and cause bloating, frequent gas, poor skin, and more.
Mouse Bacteria Study
As an example of the power of the bacteria within the gut, one study looked at the effect of different types of bacteria on mice.
They basically first inoculated mice with one type of bacteria (H hepaticus).
By doing just that, they showed they had effectively created a (mouse version) of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) within the mice.
It did this by activating certain types of cells which can lead to inflammation (and thereby causing the symptoms associated with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).
But it didn’t end there, as they then injected the same mice with another type of bacteria (this time it was B. Fragilis).
This bacteria meant that the mice released certain types of cells that suppress inflammation, and effectively REVERSED the inflammatory effects of the first type of bacteria.
To cut a long story short…
By infecting the mice with one bacteria they were able to give it inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s / Ulcerative Colitis).
And they were then able to reverse that by injecting it with another type of bacteria.
That’s pretty amazing isn’t it?
It basically shows the incredible effects that bacteria are having on someone’s health and symptoms, and how, by optimising the health of bacteria within the gut, then it is possible to drastically reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis (or at least we can assume that’s the case – obviously this study was with mice).
How is that done?
Well it’s not just simply reaching for the nearest probiotic.
That’s what most people think of when it comes to gut bacteria and while that can help, it’s far from the only thing that’s needed (not to mention it’s very easy to waste money on probiotics that aren’t what is needed, and that have no benefits whatsoever).
Instead, all of the things I talk about in my DREAMT principles (which stands for Diet, Rest, Environment, Activity, Mindset and Testing) – such as getting the diet right, using appropriate supplementation, minimising stress, avoiding toxin exposure, testing for underlying infections – and so on can all be so important for someone when turning their health around when living with IBD.
If you’d like to learn more about how I help people to do that (here are some success stories of people I’ve helped) then I’d invite you to click here and we can have a chat about best next steps for you www.IamGregWilliams.com/apply
p.s. the testing that I do on many of my clients can give us a fantastic insight into someone’s gut bacteria. For example, a high-quality stool test can highlight if there are bad bacteria which must be killed off, or if someone’s good bacteria levels are too low. These results then let us put in place protocols that help someone to turn things around. If you’d like to discuss more on this then click here and apply for a consultation www.IamGregWilliams.com/apply