What is the microbiome?
It is the collection of microscopic organisms in and on your body. It mainly includes different bacteria, fungi and viruses. Your overall health greatly depends on the balance of the microbes that live inside your gut.
- Microbes outnumber human cells by approximately 10 trillion.
- Your microbes may weigh as much as 5 pounds!
- 90% of cells in the human body are bacterial, fungal, or otherwise “non-human.”
- Your microbiome starts forming while in the womb.
How do microbes help you? Food digestion, immune system management, and emotional control. How do microbes hurt you? An imbalance of good and bad microbes in the body leads to a “leaky gut” → this means that the bad guys leak through junctions in your intestines into the blood stream. Widespread inflammation is the result, leaving you with fatigue, weight gain, bad skin and a host of other problems. You can read more about the symptoms of chronic inflammation.
Try to think of your microbiome as a garden. Gardens need to be tended to! You should tend to your happy and healthy gut in the same way you would a garden. Like flowers and plants need sunlight, water and other nutrients…your gut health relies on weeding, seeding, feeding and protecting.
Weed out contaminants. Work on reducing sugar, gluten and processed foods from your diet. Drink plenty of water to flush out your digestive system and limit alcohol consumption.
Seed with probiotics. Probiotics help crowd out bad microbes to created a healthier and balanced gut. Foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and pickles are a great place to start. Add in a daily probiotic with strains that have been clinically studied to further promote gut and digestive health.
Feed with prebiotics. Prebiotics selectively feed good microbes, helping them thrive and multiply in the gut. Foods like bananas, onions, and garlic are rich in prebiotic properties.
Protect with a daily multivitamin. Providing your body with a bioavailable multivitamin helps strengthen and regulate your immune system. It also helps to promote natural digestive function.
Your health greatly depends on your microbes! A healthier gut is a happier you.