Digestion & Gut Health

Recent scientific research into the human microbiome has revolutionised our understanding of physiology and health.  More than a trillion of these bacteria live in our gut and are essential for numerous biological functions, including:


  • Producing important enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids, amino acids and neurotransmitters such as serotonin
  • Providing a protective barrier against harmful bacteria, yeast, viruses and parasites
  • Aiding the digestion and absorption of nutrients
  • Aiding in the detoxification of harmful substances
  • Supporting immune system function
  • Regulating the body’s inflammatory responses
  • Detoxifying hormones
  • Aiding blood sugar balance



Dysbiosis, which is an imbalance in the gut microbiome, is associated with many health conditions, including:

  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Flactulence
  • Burping
  • Reflux
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Food intolerances
  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivity


  • Headaches & migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Lowered stress resilience
  • Poor immunity
  • Autoimmunity
  • Poor cognition, memory and focus
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Elevated oestrogen
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Skin conditions (eczema, hives, acne)
  • Oxidative stress and inflammation



  • Diet – sugar, processed foods, artificial sweeteners and gluten for some people has a detrimental affect on the microbiome
  • Antibiotics reduce the diversity of the gut microbiome. Regular use of antibiotics will permanently alter the microbiome and lead to intestinal permeability
  • Bacterial infections, yeast overgrowth and parasites disrupt the microbial balance in the gut
  • Chronic inflammation will drive dysbiosis, and at the same time dysbiosis will drive inflammation leading to a viscous cycle.
  • Stress alters the diversity of the gut microbiome leading to an overgrowth of less desireable species
  • Poor sleep also leads to an overgrowth of less desirable strains



Completing a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis provides an insightful look at the overall health of the gut including digestion and absorption markers, inflammation markers, the presence of yeast, parasites or unwanted bacteria as well as the presence of beneficial bacteria.  Thorough case taking is also essential to understand all the possible factors driving problems with the gut. 

Appointments can be made online, or by emailing Joanne at joanne@joannekennedy.com.au  or by phone on 0400 658 003.

Online bookings  

Sydney Naturopath, Joanne Kennedy is available to assist with gut and digestive issues. For appointments please email Joanne at joanne@joannekennedy.com.au or call 0400 658 003.