Understanding the Gut Microbiome, Diet and Chronic Disease

Microbiome of the Gut

The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem within the gastrointestinal tract. This ecosystem is made up of 500-1000 species of gut bacteria. When these gut bacteria are altered so is the health of the host, meaning our own health. When our gut microbiome is healthy, so are we. These microbes influence our metabolism, inflammation, our mood, and our immune system.

Gut Microbiome Diet

Studies show that alterations in the gut microbiome due to an unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle contribute to the development of a host of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, leaky gut, colon cancer, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to recent research, the factors that contribute to a healthy microbiome are a diversified diet, limited processed foods & adequate fiber.

The good news is that the gut microbiome can be shaped by long-term dietary interventions, according to a 2015 study in obese patients.

Microbiome Expert

As a registered dietitian that specializes in the gut microbiome and chronic disease, Karen Graham, RDN can help you restore a healthy, diverse microbiome at any stage of your life. These changes in your diet and lifestyle will balance the gut microbiome and in turn optimize your weight and prevent/reverse chronic disease.

Karen Graham is a Scottsdale, Arizona based functional medicine nutritionist. She is a microbiome expert in how it relates to diet and chronic disease. Karen has been studying the gut microbiome for the past 8 years and she has developed a simple, multi-pronged approach to addressing an unbalanced microbiome and getting your health back on track.

Learn more by attending our New Patient Workshop. These monthly workshops focus on bringing you up-to-date on the latest information regarding your health and how the gut microbiome plays a significant role. We are in the era of the gut microbiome and the information is changing at a rapid rate so the workshops are also updated on a monthly basis.