Gut Health

There has been a wealth of publicity recently about the importance the gut plays in keeping us healthy – it’s even been described as a second brain.

In a recent article in Choice magazine Dr Tim Crowe pointed out all that the greater diversity of plant foods a person eats each week, the greater the diversity of the gut bacteria. He also claimed that people who ate more than 30 different types of plant foods each week had more diverse microbiomes and also showed a lower resistance to antibiotics. This is why it’s important to eat plenty of plant foods with high fibre for maximum health benefits.

We’ve been following Dr Michael Mosley for years – he has done some great programs on SBS – and he has often suggested  you get your own gut tested.

Microba is now offering this service in Australia. Their website is and I recommend it to you. They are offering a gut sampling kit for $349 a person. Full details are on their website, but basically you order the kit, collect a tiny faeces sample, and mail it back in the enclosed post paid envelope. In about 3 to 4 weeks you then are given access to a full report on your gut, which even includes a 15 minute phone consultation with one of their people. My wife and I did it and found it extremely useful.

As we know your health is your greatest asset, therefore anything we can do to maintain it or improve it is invaluable.