Secrets of Your Microbiome: How to Heal, Repair and Restore your Gut Health!

Written by Dr. Georgia Tetlow, MD, Integrative Physician and edited by Fatima Flynn, MS What is the microbiome?

  • Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in and on us in a symbiotic relationship in an integrative medicine approach, gut health is assessed and treated.
  • Every microbiome is unique to the individual due to genetics and the environment.

Importance of a Healthy Gut

  • Regulates absorption of nutrients and help us process toxins and allergens intelligently.
  • Acts as your second brain- more neurotransmitters are produced here than in your brain.
  • Plays a large role in metabolism and weight management.
  • Houses our immune system and acts as a gatekeeper of inflammation.

How does it get disrupted?

  • Personal overuse of antibiotics and medications, pharmaceuticals used in our food supply
  • Medications such a Proton Pump Inhibitors, Histamine blockers, NSAIDS and steroids
  • Diets high in carbohydrates, processed foods, and sugar that are also low in fiber

How can you restore health to your microbiome?

  • Remove as many disrupters as you can.
  • Replace digestive agents if needed.
  • Reinoculate with good bacteria and fiber rich food.
  • Probiotic and Prebiotic foods work synergistically; incorporate fresh fruits & vegetables and foods rich in probiotic components is the best recipe for success!
  • Prebiotic Rich Foods: are fuel for good bacteria, they are non-digestible carbohydrates which help stimulate the growth and activity of good bacteria in the colon. Examples: Dandelion Greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, cabbage, onion, leeks, & asparagus act as superfoods rich of prebiotics.
  • Probiotic Rich Foods: Incorporating foods rich in probiotics helps balance a healthy microbiome. Fermented foods are rich in enzymes which support our digestion. Some examples are: raw apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, kombucha tea, kimichi, beet kass, and organic plain yogurt

Repair and support your microbiome by taking these steps: 

  • Exercising
  • Mindful eating habits
  • Hydration
  • Antioxidants and Omega 3's

Talk to your PIM holistic doctor, Dr. Georgia Tetlow or Nurse Practitioner, Lauren Houser about your next steps to restore good health!