The Gut Microbiome | Chris Kresser
ADAPT Health Coach Training Program Enrollment is now open. Learn more

The Gut Microbiome

Your gut microbiome is made up of around 100 trillion microorganisms. If your gut health is compromised, chronic illnesses can develop. Any number of things can disrupt the gut, including medication, chronic stress, refined carbohydrates, and industrial seed oils. Find out more about the gut–body connection, and learn how to heal your microbiome and improve your health.

How Your Gut Microbiome Impacts Your Body

In a healthy gut, the trillions of microorganisms that inhabit the small and large intestine make up a symbiotic, harmonious community known as the gut microbiome. Your gut bacteria can impact everything about your health, including how your brain responds to stress, how well your body can digest certain carbohydrates, the health of your immune system, how you store fat, and much, much more. If your gut microbiome is disrupted, it can cause dysbiosis—which leads to chronic illness.

Find Out More about How Your Gut Microbiome Impacts Your Overall Health
hologenome
The Hologenome: How Our Relationship with Microbes Drives Our Evolution
Is the secret to human intelligence lurking in our guts? Learn how microbes impact our evolutionary fitness and made our species what it is today.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser
RHR: Is a Disrupted Gut Microbiome at the Root of Modern Disease?—with Dr. Justin Sonnenburg
In this episode, Dr. Justin Sonnenburg discusses viewing our microbiota as the control center for human biology and what that means for microbiome health.
The Gut-Skin Connection: How Altered Gut Function Affects the Skin
Researchers suspected a link between gut and skin health a long time ago. Modern research has confirmed the importance of the relationship.
A disrupted gut microbiome can cause anxiety, like this woman is experiencing.
Your Gut Microbiome and Anxiety: What’s the Connection?
Did you know that your gut bacteria can influence your mood? Find out how the gut and brain communicate with each other, what connects the gut microbiome and anxiety, and how to fix gut dysbiosis.
Episode 9 – the “Gut-Brain Axis”
In this episode we discuss the gut-brain axis: the relationship between digestive health and cognitive, mental and behavioral conditions (like depression, memory loss and brain fog).
Your Gut Microbes and Your Thyroid: What’s the Connection?
Many factors influence thyroid function and research suggests that gut health may be a key player. Learn how healing your gut can improve your thyroid.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser
RHR: The Gut-Heart Connection
It shouldn't surprise us that there are a wide range of connections between gut health and heart health. Which ones are significant? And which one gets more attention in the media than it should?
bone health
The Microbiota and Bone Health: Yet Another Reason to Protect Your Gut
Could there be a gut–bone axis? Read on to learn how your gut microbes shape your immune system, influence nutrient status, and maintain skeletal health.
Got Allergies? Your Microbes Could Be Responsible
Every mucosal surface on your body is colonized by a distinct group of microbes. Learn how disruption of those microbes are associated with allergies and what steps you can take to alleviate your worst symptoms.
Non-antibiotic drugs
The Effects of Non-Antibiotic Drugs on the Microbiome
Most people know that antibiotics can have adverse effects on the composition of the gut microbiome. But did you know that nearly a quarter of non-antibiotic drugs can as well?
What Causes SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and Why It’s so Hard to Treat
The small bowel plays an important role in digesting food and absorbing nutrients. It is also an important part of the immune system, containing an impressive network of lymphoid cells.
Learn More about Gut Health and Digestion
Back to Top

How to Heal Your Gut and Restore Your Health

Any number of factors can bring about gut dysbiosis: antibiotics and other medications, chronic stress, and dietary toxins like industrial seed oils and refined carbs can all damage the gut microbiome. Fortunately, there are methods available for healing your gut microbiome and restoring your health.

Get Tips on Healing Your Gut and Improving Your Health
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser
RHR: Practical Steps for Healing the Gut—with Michael Ruscio
Today, we chat with Dr. Michael Ruscio, whose new book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You, sets out to create a guide that walks individuals through a step-by-step self-help process of healing.
Healing your gut can improve your overall health.
Beyond Paleo: Heal Your Gut
There are two closely related variables that determine our gut health: the intestinal microbiota and the gut barrier. Learn more about them here.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser
RHR: Is High Fat Healthy for the Gut Microbiota?
There are many reasons not to trust studies that suggest that all fat harms gut health. Find out why the latest research doesn’t paint a clear picture of how your diet impacts your health.
Millions of Americans take probiotics or eat them in yogurt like this.
Are Probiotics Useless? A Microbiome Researcher’s Perspective
A pair of groundbreaking studies have just been published that have led many to call into question the safety and utility of probiotic supplements. So—should we avoid probiotics altogether? Read on to find out.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser
RHR: What the Latest Research Says about Probiotics, with Lucy Mailing
What’s the real story when it comes to probiotics? Are they safe and helpful, or should you take them with caution? I discuss what the data really suggests about probiotics with Lucy Mailing.
RHR: How to Restore Healthy Gut Flora Over the Long-Term
Today, I answer a question about how to restore gut flora and function when unable to tolerate probiotics and fermented foods.
RHR: You Are What Your Bacteria Eat: The Importance of Feeding Your Microbiome – with Jeff Leach
Today, I'm talking with Jeff Leach of the American Gut Project about all things gut and surprising insights from the latest gut bacteria research. Tune in!
Learn More about Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome
Back to Top