Gut Health

"all disease begins in the gut."

- Hippocrates

What is the Gut ?

The gut, or gastrointestinal tract, includes essential organs such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine (colon). Functioning as the digestive system, its primary role is to facilitate the digestion and absorption of food. Through the action of specialized enzymes and acids, the gut breaks down food into smaller molecules, enabling the body to extract vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The digestive tract contains a diverse collection of microorganisms collectively known as the gut microbiota or gut flora.

What is the microbiome ?

The microbiome is a complex network of diverse microorganisms, including fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other microbes, crucial for sustaining optimal health and preventing diseases. Predominantly situated in the large intestine, the human gut microbiome serves various vital functions. Notably, about 80% of the immune system is concentrated in the gut, and the gut lining, abundant in immunoglobulins, underlines the microbiome's key role in supporting a robust immune system for overall health.

Why is optimal gut health important ?

Optimal gut health is crucial for overall well-being, and dysbiosis, an imbalance in gut microbiota, is linked to diverse health issues such as gastrointestinal disorders, metabolic diseases, autoimmune conditions, and mental health concerns. Mitigating these risks can be achieved through a balanced diet, regular physical activity, stress reduction, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption. Prioritising these lifestyle factors contributes to maintaining a healthy gut microbiota and may lower the likelihood of developing chronic diseases.

Various different conditions have been linked to compromised gut health

Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

Gut Related
Disease or Condition
Chronic inflammation of the gut and imbalance of the microbiome, may lead to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and celiac disease.


Gut Related
Disease or Condition
More and more clinical research suggests that the gut microbiota composition in childhood can influence the development of the immune system, and as a result increase the risk of developing allergies and asthma.

Skin health

Gut Related
Disease or Condition
There is a strong connection between the skin and the gut microbiota, also referred to as the gut-skin axis. Dysbiosis may lead to inflammation and gut permeability which can sometimes contribute to different skin conditions such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis.


Gut Related
Disease or Condition
It is suggested that an unhealthy gut microbiota may cause chronic inflammation and lead to an inappropriate immune response. As a result, this may lead to the development of various autoimmune conditions.
If you have specific concerns about your gut health, it’s best to seek advice from a qualified nutritional therapist for personalised advice.

Gut Health Testing

There are different tests to assess gut health such as breath, stool and blood test. The most commonly used one is a stool test to check the state of the microbiome. Here at WellnessforMe , we work with some of the leading UK based laboratories.
GI EcologiX™ is the ultimate gut health and microbiome stool test using qPCR & ELISA technology and encompassing key microbial targets and health markers to inform and assess the individual’s microbial ecosystem and health status. The information gathered from this test can be used to guide changes in a person’s lifestyle, nutrition or other self-care interventions to protect and promote their health and well-being.
Needing just 3 swabs from one sample, this is a simple and easy home testing kit.
Gut Health Testing Kit Includes*
Biomarkers included*
Sample Type – Stool
Turn Around Time – Minimum 15 working days from the time the lab receives the sample
Lab – Invivo

Test Booking Options

Test Only

Package Code -GHT1
£ 379
  • Test Only
  • This option does not include results interpretation.

Test + Interpretation

Package Code - GHT2
£ 430
  • 30 minute results interpretation
    - Call or Zoom
  • This choice comprises only a 30-minute online session, and there won't be any written report included.

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