Gut Health

Personalised support from one of Brisbane’s most experienced Gut Health Dietitians

Desi Carlos and the team at Tree of Life Nutrition are educated, experienced, dietitians and passionate gut health specialists. We believe that at the centre of your health, is the health of your digestive system. A healthy gut microbiome is so important to maintain if we want to feel well and live well. So how do you know when something’s not right with your gut health, and what can you do about it?

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It’s all about balance

A healthy gut is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and microbes, both good and bad. This diversity is the single most important indicator of gut health.

The diversity we need in this digestive landscape can be likened a little bit to the landscape in the natural world. It’s all about balance. A soil full of diverse life makes for a rich and nutrient-dense soil which sustains growth. To ensure good soil, we need to feed it good things and protect the diversity within it.

As in nature, so in our bodies. When we introduce chemicals, viruses, or toxins like stress into our physical environment, the diversity of our gut microbiome diminishes. The result? An unhealthy, out of balance digestive system which is not supporting nutrient uptake or sustaining vitality.

What might poor gut health look like on the outside?

Your gut is connected to your brain, and to your entire body via millions of neurotransmitters. What happens here can impact your entire body, from your head to your toes! An indicator of poor soil is a garden’s failure to thrive. An indicator of poor gut health is also our failure to thrive! A gut out of balance may present as a range of symptoms. If left that way, it may contribute to (or make worse) some chronic and debilitating conditions.

Possible presentations of microbiome imbalance

  • Chronic nausea, pain, or bloating/gas
  • Chronic bowel symptoms (constipation/diarrhoea)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Weight fluctuation and obesity
  • Insulin resistance/Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Increased hunger
  • Skin problems such as eczema or dermatitis
  • Fatigue
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Thyroid disease
  • Arthritis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Women’s health disorders
  • Food intolerances and allergies, including FODMAPS, food chemicals
  • Sleep disorders
  • Central nervous system disorders, including anxiety and depression.

Look at some of the latest science on the role of gut health on a whole range of conditions.

Restoring the diversity of the microbiome is not always simple

It’s not your fault your digestive system is shouting at you for some love! Our modern living is a major contributor to poor gut health. The prevalence of toxic chemicals, high stress levels, overuse of antibiotics, and processed foods all play their part. Sometimes, before we’re even born! Restoring balance is not always easy. It would be lovely if we could sip some kombucha and all would be well. However, for an increasing number of people, the protocol to restore this balance is delicate and lengthy. Enter allergies and intolerances, symptom flares, and irritations which seem to work against the best attempts you might make individually to try to fix your gut health. So, if this sounds like you, you are not alone, and we are here to help. The way forward often requires deep understanding and nutritional expertise. But with the right support, you can return to the state of wellbeing that you absolutely deserve to experience.

Our Gut Relief Program addresses your wellness from the inside out

Tree of Life Nutrition’s Gut Relief Program is a proprietary protocol devised by Gut Health Dietitian Desi Carlos. It draws from her deep experience and knowledge from over 28 years’ dedication to the field of nutrition and dietetics.

The Gut Relief Program is designed to work with your individual needs specifically and precisely. We treat and manage your symptoms or condition with precise nutrition, while at the same time working on repairing your digestive system. We carefully manage this delicate balance with you, supporting you towards freedom from chronic disease and vibrancy which comes from a blooming garden of wellness in your digestive system.

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What does the program involve?

Gut microbiome testing and history

The first part of the gut repair process is about getting a clear picture of the landscape of your microbiome, as well as your condition (the impact it may be having on the rest of your system). We do this through the expert interpretation of a range of tests, including as required:

  • Gut microbiome testing and analysis (Microba)
  • Blood testing
  • DNA testing
  • Detailed medical history from infancy

Results analysis

Anyone may acquire this information, but the key to moving forward with the results lies in the expert analysis of it. The beauty of this powerful program is that we look to your personal history and lifestyle to help understand the results we receive and apply them. We consider:

  • Immunity
  • Bacteria and virus presence
  • Current symptom presentation
  • Food and symptom assessment
  • Fibre, sugar, and saturated fat analysis

Microbiome restoration

Based on your individual needs, we tailor a personalised protocol to help repair your microbiome diversity and relieve your symptoms. This process includes:

  • Specialised probiotics to increase microbiome diversity over 2-4 weeks
  • Isolation of problematic foods from causal factors, also working with food intolerances
  • Heal gut lining and leaky gut
  • Create a healthy gut microbiome
  • Focus on different fibre for different symptoms
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Improve blood results and nutrient uptake
  • Improve energy, reduce anxiety, and stop fogginess

Gut health maintenance

The Gut Relief Program also involves empowering you to maintain your results for the long term. We aim to ease some of the food restrictions which may have been part of your life. We do this, through the implementation of the Mediterranean Diet, tailored to your individual needs. This works to:

  • Fuel the microbiome daily
  • Maintain low inflammation
  • Maintain ideal fibre and nutrient levels from real, whole foods
  • Offer you an enjoyable long-term eating plan
  • Empower you with an easy way to maintain gut microbiome diversity

Why choose Desi Carlos and the team at Tree of Life?

Desi is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Nutritionist and has been in Private Practice since 1993. Tree of Life was one of Brisbane’s first private practices at a time when dietetics mostly existed in a hospital setting. This means, Desi has had the privilege of working with a host of patients with a range of dietary needs. Over the years, she has seen many changes in diet, in the presentation of conditions, and understands first-hand the connection between outside stressors, our gut and our overall health.

Desi and Eleni are both FODMAP Accredited and Trained (Monash University)  and Certified, as well as Microba Accredited and Trained. Desi is one of Australia’s leading Dietitians for the implementation of the scientifically proven Mediterranean diet.

Extremely passionate about their clinical work, Desi and the team derive huge satisfaction from helping to restore the health and vitality of their patients.

Let’s get your digestive health back on track

The best way to find out if this program is right for you is to make time to chat with our Dietitians. They can talk to you about your current symptoms, and get you moving in the right direction towards a more vital and satisfying life.

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