10 years ago, if you would have asked me what a microbiome is, I would have had no idea. Being diagnosed with my food sensitivity and taking this challenge head-on caused me to do hours over hours of research, which is where I learned for the first time about the microbiome.
The microbiome is still a pretty new discovery on how important it truly is for our health. Much of that research you can find right here: https://www.hmpdacc.org/
For right now let me tell you some things that I do know about the microbiome. The most fascinating thing about the microbiome I find is that it is as unique as a fingerprint. That means that there are no two microbiomes that are alike. On top is that it consists of 50 BILLION bacteria on us, our mouth, nose, eyes, skin, intestinal tract, and so on. It’s like the microbiome makes us, it seems to me. Now the gut bacteria alone in our digestive system can weigh up to 4.4 pounds. I find that truly incredible.
So, as I look at just this little bit of research, I believe that the microbiome plays an important role in keeping us healthy.
To get a bit more into all of this let’s chat a bit about how it affects us if the microbiome is off. This can link to health issues such as colitis, IBS, obesity, diabetes, (with me it was food sensitivity), it can also lead to rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation and so much more.
You see our gut bacteria communicate with our neurons from our immune system, telling it to be strong to protect our bodies from illness and disease.
Bacteria from our microbiome play a role in detoxification, the health of our intestinal wall, and whether or not it can become compromised. This can lead to leaky gut and other things. (Remember my food sensitivity? Yup leaky gut was definitely an issue with me at that time.)
Gut microbes (single-cell organisms=Bacteria) also help with the absorption of nutrients and help us produce vitamins such as vitamin K and B.
Are you overwhelmed yet? I am sorry I can get totally carried away with things such as these.
So, let’s move on and see what we can do so we can keep everything happy and well-functioning, as the microbiome is a pretty important part of us.
I won’t be going into everything today, but I will give you 6 tips that will help improve your microbiome, ok!
Are you as excited as me?
So here we go:
- Eat a clean diet where GMO products are a no-no and organic foods are a yes.
- Eat lots of fresh WHOLEFOODS that are rich in prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes, fiber, and lots of great vitamins and minerals. (This is soooo important! I cannot stress this enough with my clients, our bodies are not made for genetically modified foods that are filled and sprayed with pesticides. I always say if it kills a living thing such as weeds why would it be healthy for us).
- Exercise regularly (exercise helps us with the detoxification process, plus it relieves stress and nourishes not just our bodies but also our mental wellbeing).
- Limit your use of antibiotics, this brings me back to number 1, eating a clean diet as we don’t want to eat meats that have been injected with antibiotics and hormones. Research shows that these can all transfer to the human body and can affect us in different ways such as building up a tolerance towards them so when we do need them, they won’t work as well as they should. Also, we don’t want to take antibiotics unless it is completely necessary to do so, and yes there are times when we do need them such as when we have bacterial infections.
- Incorporate fermented and cultured foods into your diets such as kimchi and kefir. Now I know they don’t taste the greatest, you may think, but just give them a try. There are many options out there. I love to put fermented sauerkraut on top of my morning scrambled eggs, which btw, is super yummy.
- Last but not least, add lots of fresh herbs and great spices to your daily diet, so that means get cooking. Home cooking has so many great benefits when it comes to the foods we eat, and it gives us complete control over the foods that go into our meals.
So that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed writing it. Maybe this brought a bit of clarity to your microbiome mindset and you are going to incorporate some of these things into your daily life. I love it! That’s awesome, I am so proud of you.
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Till next time toodeloo