Ah the microbiome, the forgotten organ, yet so critical for our health.
This article follows up from “Taking Care of Your Microbiome” Part 1 & Part 2, so check those out to find out how the micobiome interacts with the rest of the body and why it breaks down. In this article we’ll take a look at some practical steps to “Heal the Microbiome”
The microbiome is name given to the trillions of bacteria and yeasts that live inside your gut. The exact number is completely unknown but people like to pretend it’s around 100 trillion (1). These bacteria interact with our bodies either helping or hindering both our guts and our immune systems.
Are you interested in living a very long and healthy life? Earlier this year researchers were given permission to study the residents of a remote town on the west coast of Italy where inhabitants commonly live to be over 100 years old.
This is the second part of three articles on the Microbiome.
After reading part 1 you should be convinced that having a healthy microbiome is key not just to digestive health, but also to health in many other ways as well . Clearly we if we could master our micobiome we could possibly reduce the risk and occurrence of many of our modern ills. But what does a healthy microbiome actually look like?
‘All disease may begin in the gut, but the key to a healthy gut is the microbiome’.
Microbiome is the name given the some 10 trillion bacterial cells that make their home inside your gut (1). There are more than 1000 different species in each gut and the species vary from person to person. Research shows the micobiome effects many aspects of human health. These include weight gain (2), autoimmune conditions (3), digestive problems, mood (4), hormonal issues and susceptibility to colds and flues.
There are plenty of companies going around at the moment offering food intolerance tests. With a growing market all you have to do is a google search to find plenty of options. There are also plenty of testimonials of people including celebrates who claim to have seen dramatic improvements since eliminating intolerant foods. So what actually is food intolerance and how is it caused?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is common and affects up to 1 in 5 people (1). At some point you may realise you’ve had bloating, gas and cramps for some time so you go see the doctor. He gives you the label of IBS and some drugs to help you along your way. However, neither of these actions helps you to understand what’s going on or how to actually fix the root problem.