Maybe you know this: people who can eat everything without worrying about whether they can tolerate it or not, and still maintain their feel-good weight? Who have radiant skin and are always balanced and in a good mood?
Maybe you wonder why this is not the case for you. Maybe you often feel unwell after eating, even though you have been so careful to eat the “right” food. Maybe you can’t tolerate more and more foods, even though you haven’t done anything differently. Maybe your skin reacts irritated, even though you take such good care of it. Maybe you are less able to cope with stress than you were a few years ago.
The key to health is within you
Let me tell you something. It’s all within you. And it’s not that hard. You just need to find an ally and reconnect with it. And that ally is your gut, or more precisely its bacterial community of about 39 trillion.
This probably sounds very surprising to you at first, even for me, who has been dealing with “proper” nutrition for decades, this is an exciting topic.
But who am I?
I am Sarah, founder of Bioma Balance®. My vision is a world where health promotion and disease prevention become more important in the consciousness and everyday life of every individual. Both should come naturally to everyone and be taught through knowledge and individuality for long-term effectiveness. We have modern medicine to thank for the fact that we can cure or at least alleviate almost any kind of ailment. A walk to the pharmacy or the doctor is all it takes. This circumstance is a privilege and we should be grateful for it. However, over the years, an important factor in combating ailments has been forgotten: The self-healing powers – the potential of your body to strengthen itself and thus alleviate discomfort or prevent it from arising in the first place. The gut plays a major role in this.
Through my years of professional experience as a dietician, nutrition therapist and counsellor, I look closely at the way we eat. The topic of gut health is particularly interesting to me. The more I learned about it, the clearer it became to me how important the gut, specifically the balance of gut bacteria of the gut microbiome, is for our health, well-being, psyche and quality of life and how much influence we ourselves have on it.
Every person tolerates food in a different way
The latest studies show that there is no diet that is equally suitable for all people. While researchers have found foods that offer health benefits, they have also discovered that one and the same food can trigger very different metabolic reactions in different people – depending on the composition of the gut microbiome. Although it sounds almost too simple, your daily diet will have a far greater and faster positive impact on your wellbeing if you know your gut microbiome and promote its balance.
What does the gut do and why is the gut microbiome different for everyone?
Your gut is an important part of the digestive system – it transports the food pulp, absorbs nutrients and water, produces vitamins and short-chain fatty acids and excretes indigestible food components. With a length of about eight metres, a surface area of up to 400 square metres and a diameter of only a few centimetres, it is the main transport artery from the grocery store to the bloodstream.
The consequences of the modern lifestyle
The gut is your protective shield to the outside world. Foreign substances and toxins as well as pathogenic germs can be intercepted, destroyed and eliminated by the healthy gut so that they no longer pose a danger to your body. Unfortunately, this defence of the gut is massively disrupted by today’s modern diet and lifestyle, e.g. due to too little fibre and too much sugar, white flour products and additives in many convenience foods.
Did you know that an adult consumes an estimated 8 kg of preservatives during his or her lifetime? The preservative property means that they destroy bacteria – the bad ones but also the good ones.
In addition, other factors such as stress, lack of exercise, medication and also alcohol negatively change the gut microbiome and damage the intestinal mucosa. This primarily benefits the pathogenic bacteria, because they can adapt more quickly to the altered milieu and multiply better accordingly. As a result, inflammations of the intestinal mucosa can occur and the intestinal epithelium gradually becomes permeable (leaky gut syndrome) to allergens, pollutants and pathogens that harm the body. Allergies, type 2 diabetes mellitus, skin diseases and fungal infections are also associated with a damaged and thus negatively altered gut microbiome.
A wide range of different bacteria in the gut is therefore optimal so that it is well protected and the intestinal cells are optimally supported.
Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria can partially metabolise food. This produces short-chain fatty acids that provide energy and positively promote intestinal motility and blood circulation in the intestinal wall. Butyric acid promotes the metabolism of the intestinal mucosa, has an anti-inflammatory effect and can even prevent cancer. Propionic acid and acetic acid play an important role in sugar and fat metabolism. Propionic acid, for example, protects against cravings because, among other things, it inhibits the release of sugar and stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin.
The real causes of obesity
Obesity is still mostly associated with a high-calorie and sedentary lifestyle, but numerous studies now show that there is also a significant difference between normal and overweight/obese people in terms of the composition of the gut microbiome. For example, the two bacterial strains Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes are found in different populations – in normal-weight people, Bacteroidetes strains were found in the majority, while in the overweight people the “podge bacteria” Firmicutes predominate. The higher the proportion of “slimming bacteria” Bacteroidetes, the lower the body weight.
With regard to obesity and the corresponding dietary recommendations, two other bacterial strains, Prevotella and Bacteroides, are significant. Depending on the enterotype, the recommendation for an optimal diet differs. In the case of Prevotella, a diet with plenty of dietary fibre, especially complex carbohydrates from wholemeal products, is beneficial, whereas in the case of Bacteroides it is less so. In this case, a diet that promotes bifidobacteria seems to be more favourable, i.e. foods that are rich in inulin (parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, salsify, etc.) have a positive effect on the metabolism and support weight loss.
As you can see, there are no general dietary recommendations that are promising for everyone. It has to be something different. Something bigger, more comprehensive than advice or diets alone can ever be. Are you curious?
How to activate your gut’s healthy & slim potential
I want to make you feel better in your skin, improve your body image, reduce fatigue and tension, and restore your power. I want to reduce your cravings and improve your digestion and skin in the long term. I want you to feel like moving again and fall blissfully onto your pillow at night. And yes, your figure will also change so that you reach your feel-good weight.
We will create the right foundations for this: Using your myBioma microbiome analysis, we will track down your gut microbiome and find out its composition. Because if it is out of balance, body and mind suffer. The balance of good and less good gut bacteria is the secret – and this inner balance is different for every person.
The Bioma Balance® Concept
Your own microbiome fingerprint as well as the information from our personal conversations form the basis of the Bioma Balance® concept, which is tailor-made for you: The individual nutrition programme, based on scientific findings and the latest technologies, lasts approx. 12 weeks and is divided into 6 phases, which build on each other and complement each other. Step by step, in a personalised setting, we will bring your gut microbiome back into balance and thus activate the healthy & slim potential of your gut. You will already feel the first changes in phase 1.
The programme is suitable for you if
Does this sound interesting to you? Find out more on my website www.bioma-balance.com and be sure to take advantage of the opportunity for a free, no-obligation consultation to find out how I can help you too. I look forward to getting to know you. By the way, you can also find me on Instagram: bioma_balance or Facebook: bioma.balance