Microbiome – what is it?

Our microbiome is a “community of microbes” which is an integral ecosystem of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, inside the body that supports our gut health and immune system.

Research suggests that the human microbiome consists of 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells, primarily in the gut. Our individual microbiomes help determine DNA, hereditary factors, predisposition to disease, body type or body “set point weight”, and more. The gut is the central location of the microbiome, but research has found theses microbes live on nearly every internal and external surface of the body.

When considering the Microbiome, we need to look at the interaction of our Gut and our Immune System. These two vital systems in our body are a Key point when it comes to general health and the focus should always be to have them working in Homeostasis (Harmony).

Strengthening, supporting and rebuilding if needed of the microbiome therefore should be a top priority and to do so we need lots of fibre in our diet. Fibre is found in plants and there is no fibre in any animal product or processed food.

Research shows that the microbiome is stronger the higher the plant -based food and fibre intake in our diet is. And the stronger the microbiome is, the stronger our Immune System will be which is vital when it comes to dealing with any viral infections.

What is amazing is that our diet changes the balance of our gut microbiome within 24 hours to promote either health or disease.

What disrupts the microbiome?

  • Poor Diet
  • Excess Hygiene
  • Physical and emotional Stress
  • PharmaceuticalsAlcohol and drugs

What does the microbiome support in the body?

  • Vitamin production
  • Immune support
  • Mood support
  • Aids digestion
  • Weight management

What supports the microbiome?

  • Eating resistance starch
  • Eating lots of plants (vegetables, beans and low sugary fruit)
  • Gentle and purposeful exercise
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Probiotics

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