Nutritional therapy: Gut issues

If you’re new to nutritional therapy and are wondering what it is all about and you've Googled nutritional therapy/gut issues and landed here then welcome!


If you have some gut issues that are ruining your life, read on, I hope that you will find it helpful.

  • Nutritional therapy can support your gut issue symptoms.
  • Your daily intake of food is the key to achieving improvements in your symptoms and overall well-being.
  • It's an intricate relationship between dietary habits and your gut health.

As a nutritional therapist, my goal is to help you understand how the typical Western diet where food is generally grabbed on the go, impacts gut health. Here, I hope to provide information about the service I offer in providing personalised guidance to support optimal digestive function and reduce unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, cramping, severe reactions to certain food groups etc.

One of the most common complaints I encounter from clients is the prevalence of gut dysbiosis, a condition characterised by an imbalance in the microbial population within the gastrointestinal tract. It's a sneaky culprit that can wreak havoc on our health for years if we don’t do something about it.

Picture this: a diet rich in saturated fats and processed foods that serves as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, while simultaneously diminishing the populations of beneficial microbes. It's a recipe for disaster! These tempting treats, from packaged breads to crisps and processed meats, create an environment ripe for the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria, leading to inflammation and oxidative stress.

But whilst you’re still considering this, it gets worse! Processed ready meals and pre-packaged foods, with their low fibre and nutrient content are often sky-high in refined sugars and additives, further compounding the issue. It's like adding fuel to the fire! Without enough fibre, our gut microbiota is deprived of essential prebiotics, which act as fuel for beneficial bacteria and the harmful bacteria is fuelled by the mucosal lining of the gut. Seeking out sweet ‘treats’ often results in excessive amounts of refined sugars, which also fuel the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast, exacerbating gut dysbiosis and resulting in some of the unpleasant symptoms mentioned earlier.

The consequences of gut dysbiosis are far-reaching, extending beyond mere digestive discomfort to encompass a spectrum of health issues, including obesity, insulin resistance, autoimmune diseases, and even mental health disorders. If this diet sounds familiar, are you ready to take action?

My approach? A whole-food diet bursting with fibre, antioxidants, and essential nutrients. Picture a rainbow of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, providing the building blocks for a diverse and resilient gut microbiota. But that's not all – I also advocate for incorporating oily fish, lean proteins, and plant-based proteins, along with heart-healthy fats like olive oil and avocado, to round out your plate and nourish your body from the inside out.

And I must mention before I forget the power of fermented foods! Yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi introduce beneficial probiotic bacteria into the gut, restoring balance and promoting digestive health. It's like a party for your microbiome!

But how do you know what's going on in your gut? You could already be eating this type of suggested diet and still have all of the nasty symptoms, so what is going on?

As a nutritional therapist, I have access to lab testing that can provide personalised insights into your microbial ecosystem. By analysing patterns of microbial densities, and identifying potential parasites or the strength of your mucosal barrier alongside your symptoms, lifestyle, and dietary preferences, I can tailor recommendations to address specific imbalances and set you on the path to optimal gut health.

In conclusion, the connection between our dietary habits and gut health is undeniable. By making informed choices and seeking personalised guidance from a trusted nutritional therapist, you can take proactive steps to support your gut health and reclaim your overall well-being. It's time to nourish your body from the inside out – your gut will thank you for it!

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Nutritionist Resource are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Jayne Higgins, PGDip Nutritional Therapy mBANT, rCNHC, mIFM Exp. Chef
Birmingham B15 & London SW2

A graduate in nutritional therapy specialising in gut health, hormone balance for teens to post-menopause, weight management, sports nutrition and inflammatory conditions such as eczema, gout, psoriasis, and bone and joint pain.

Prioritising the root cause of your symptoms and supporting your journey to improved health.

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