Learn how you can benefit from a balanced and healthy microbiome.
Your microbiome is the total community of microorganisms that live in your body. Current research estimates that over ten trillion bacteria reside in our gut, and like our fingerprints, the makeup of our microbiome is unique to each of us. Many of these organisms are harmless (known as commensals) and quite a few are helpful (known as symbionts).
However, due to genetics, diet, stress and pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, dangerous levels of harmful bacteria (known as pathogens) can build up and upset the proper balance of the ecosystem. This condition is known as dysbiosis.
- Not surprisingly, dysbiosis is a common cause of many digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, Crohn’s disease and colitis.
- An imbalanced microbiome is almost always present in obesity and excessive weight gain.
- Studies have shown that dysbiosis can play an important role in many mood and psychiatric problems.
- Many common causes of inflammation, cardiovascular disease and hormonal disturbances can result from dysbiosis.
Researchers have stated that perhaps up to 90% of all disease can be traced in some way back to dysbiosis undermining the health of the gut and microbiome. Our understanding of the importance of the microbiome in health and disease is expanding at an even faster rate than our knowledge of the genome.
Utopia is a special add-on module for Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s ground breaking Opus23® genetic analysis program. Using an inexpensive test that genetically identifies the microbial makeup of your microbiome, Utopia will help your clinician to personalize a protocol to rebalance your gut flora and optimize your health. Treatments often include simple foods, probiotics as well as nutrients.
After you’ve implemented these recommendations for the specified period of time, your team can then retest your microbiome to assess the effectiveness of these recommendations and make additional changes.
The result is a perfectly-tuned microbiome, with all of its elements working in perfect harmony.
To learn more about how Utopia can be used to engineer the health of your microbiome, feel free to discuss its many benefits with your clinician.