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Gastrointestinal Microbiome (GI)

From Dr Micozzi

Your gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome—the environment in your gut where healthy probiotic bacteria thrive—is really a window into your overall health.

For example, a healthy microbiome protects you against aging, blood sugar issues, chronic inflammation, heart problems, and weight gain. And on the flip side, a disturbance to your GI microbiome often signals a larger, systemic problem—such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, or Type II diabetes.

More and more research suggests that the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome—is really ground zero for your health. And disruptions to it often signal a bigger, systemic problem in the body.

In fact, Canadian researchers recently wrapped up what they called the first-ever study to analyze the connection between the microbiome and fibromyalgia (FM). It turns out, men and women with this hard-to-treat disease also suffer from some significant gut problems. But it’s still very hard to get a diagnosis, as the disease causes widespread, yet vague symptoms, such as bowel complaints, chronic pain, fatigue, headaches, memory problems, stiffness, and sleep disorders. Overall, researchers found that the microbiomes of the people with FM looked very different compared to the microbiomes of the healthy controls.

Specifically, the microbiomes of the people with fibromyalgia contained far more harmful bacteria and far fewer healthy bacteria. And the more extreme the disruption, the more extreme their fibromyalgia symptoms.

People with thin boundaries—more commonly known as “thin skin”—are more likely to react to illness or stress by coming down with fibromyalgia.

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