The benefits of a healthy gut

By Next Biosciences

07 August 2023

Did you know that your gut microbiome is comprised of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that play a vital role in your overall health? Gut disturbances can negatively affect various aspects of your well-being, including your immune system, your skin, sleep patterns, and so much more. Here are some of the benefits of a healthy gut:

Enhancing your immune system 

Up to 80-95% of your immune system comes from the healthy function of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. An unhealthy gut can lead to repeated and increased risk of diseases. 

Nurturing radiant skin 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it plays a significant role in eliminating toxins. When the GI tract struggles to eliminate waste effectively, up to 50% of these toxins may be reabsorbed into the bloodstream and expelled through the pores, leading to acne, cystic eruptions, and boils. By enhancing your gut health, it can promote clearer and healthier skin.

Managing weight and waist circumference 

The accumulation of excess weight around the waist can be attributed to hormone-related fat storage and inefficient digestion. Enhancing gut health not only aids in shedding weight but also in reducing centimetres around the waistline. 

Enhancing sleep quality 

The balance of serotonin and melatonin, which account for up to 85% of its composition, is significantly influenced by the GI tract or gut system, often referred to as the ‘second brain.’ This intricate balance operates in conjunction with the stress hormone cortisol. It is essential for the regulation of ‘happy hormones’ and the sleep hormone. Enhancing gut health promotes optimal melatonin production and alleviates sleep disruptions caused by indigestion. 

Strengthening bone health  

Recent scientific investigations have explored the connection between gut health and bone health. Proper gut function, including the production of serotonin, can play a role in preventing bone deterioration conditions like osteoporosis. 


Prioritising and maintaining a healthy gut is crucial for overall well-being and can have far-reaching consequences on various aspects of our health. Neglecting gut health can lead to various issues, ranging from compromised immunity to skin disorders, sleep disturbances, and more. Therefore, paying attention to our digestive health and making conscious efforts to enhance and nurture our gut with a balanced diet, probiotics, and healthy lifestyle choices is essential. Doing so can lead to improved overall health and a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

The Viome Gut Microbiome Test identifies and quantifies the living microorganisms in the gut, analyses what these organisms produce, and provides personalised nutrition recommendations that help you optimise your gut health. To learn more about Next Biosciences’ Viome Gut Microbiome Test, click here.