How can a bacterial imbalance impact your efforts in living a happy, healthy life?

BACTERIAL IMBALANCE with Danielle Roberts

We are increasingly identifying bacterial imbalance as a cause of bloating and abdominal pain, as well as other complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut and fibromyalgia. These symptoms are often more prevalent in patients suffering from diabetes, gluten intolerance and stomach or digestive issues. It is a common problem that impacts the necessary absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D and E. In more severe cases, it can impair carbohydrate, protein and iron absorption – potentially resulting in malnutrition. The technical term is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). There are a number of known causes, including irregular bowel movement. Common signs and symptoms include nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain or cramping, fatigue, chronic diarrhoea, nutritionaldeficiencies – including anaemia and B12. These can be treated and often the first step is a breath assessment measuring the absorption of dietary sugars. The typical healthy eating rules apply. You should be focused on eating fresh, easy-to-digest whole foods and minimising sugar intake, including fruit and fruit juices, which can encourage bacterial overgrowth. However, there are additional steps that may include cutting out specific things such as dairy or gluten, applying FODMAPs principles or taking certain supplements. Stress is also a major consideration and we recommend getting support in this regard too. FRESH HOLISTIC HEALTH Phone: 5445 2928
When we are travelling on autopilot, can we really be well?


I see many patients that just want me to tell them the answers to their health problems. As a general practitioner, they see me to be the one with all the answers and hope that there is a medication that can make it all go away. They don’t stop to think that maybe their body is just sending them warning signs of an imbalance and that maybe their body also has the answers – they just aren’t listening. With my patients, I like to empower them to begin to rely more on themselves rather than the over-whelming information in the world about health and nutrition. Taking the time to learn about your unique body and its needs will help you understand what types of nutrition suits your body and how to read the symptoms your body is showing you. What is the first step to connecting with this wisdom that lies within all of us? Be in the now and take time to observe. We rush through life and often haven’t even given ourselves the time to stop and be in tune with our body. If we take this time, it tells us what kind of food it needs and how much. I still prescribe medication when needed but I also prescribe daily meditation to my patients to reconnect with their body. As you begin to connect more with your body’s intuition and listen less to nutrition fads and diets, you will attract more health, vitality and balance from within. FRESH HOLISTIC HEALTH Phone: 5445 2928]]>