We share our bodies with over 100 trillion organisms, in their entirety, they are referred to as our “Microbiome” These organisms are different types of bacteria that help us perform different functions in the body, functions that we could not live without.
Most people are aware that we as humans are made up of cells and keeping our cells healthy is important so that we age well as stay free of disease. However, only 10% of our cells are actually human cells (ones we are born with) 90% of our cells are these organisms/bacteria and we were not born with them.
Our first exposure to these organisms is in the birth canal when the baby, right before birth is exposed to the bacteria that digests breast milk. Babies born of C Section often suffer skin issues and allergies and it is now thought that it is because they were not exposed to the bacteria in the birth canal. Family, dietary, and environmental exposure cultivate our microbiome which will play a fundamental role in determining our health during our lifetime.
In fact, every time you kiss someone, every time you pet an animal, each time you eat a meal or apply a cosmetic, you are affecting the composition of your microbiome. Basically, we collect bacteria as we go through life and that bacteria comprises of 90% of our cells. Our acts and interactions in life directly affect the balance of the bacteria in our bodies.
These clusters of bacteria live all over our body (not just the gut) They live in the skin, mouth, eyes, genitals and of course the gut/intestines.
Some of these bacteria are simply along for a free ride, while others are beneficial and do great things. Always lurking are the pathogens, the disease-causing bacteria. Much smaller in number they are thought of as the bad bacteria but they so have a good side and what is important is keeping the correct balance.
H Pyloric was thought of as a bad bacteria and antibiotics tend to kill it cold. However, this bacteria that was linked to ulcers also governs metabolism, hunger, and appetite. Many people exposed to antibiotics go on to suffer weight gain and out of control eating behaviors.
We are truly dependent on the Microbiome, the non-human cells that exist within us. We have entered a new era of health awareness as it has only been in the last decade that the microbiome has been more aggressively studied.
SO WHY SHOULD I CARE?
The bacteria inside you govern your immune system, your energy, metabolism, and mood. The bacteria is responsible for how many nutrients you absorb from your food, how hungry you are, how big your appetite is and how much fat you store (did that get your attention?!)
If you do not have the bacteria to digest your food, nutrients are not absorbed and you are exhausted, cells are not fed so you are hungry and nutrients not used are stored as fat.
95% of serotonin is in the gut so if your gut bacteria is out of whack you may suffer from anxiety, moodiness or even severe depression
OUR BEST INTENTIONS
Antibiotics and our obsession with sterilizing everything have led to a rise in gut-related illnesses. Antibiotics given to children can cause problems later in their lives. People given intense courses of antibiotics because of sickness can end up with a different host of problems that they are left to deal with alone. Depression, weight gain, and rapid aging may seem somewhat expected after a severe illness, only now are we realizing that the destroyed environment of the gut and the imbalance caused to the intestinal bacteria is more likely the cause.
Research has uncovered an intricate web connecting our gut flora to virtually every process in our body. As such, imbalances in our microbial communities have been implicated in countless health issues, including immune health, psychological well-being, and some of the deepest chronic health issues of our times.
In fact, research surrounding one such connection, coined the gut-brain axis, has the potential to revolutionize the way psychologists worldwide support the mental and emotional well-being. Trading gut bacteria may become the new technique to treat infection and even obesity.
What you eat, where you are, what you touch and what you are exposed to (think environmental hazards) are dictating your health, mood, and longevity. We spend endless hours worrying about the genes we were born with and the demise of our relatives. Now is the time to consider the other 90% of who we are and thankfully that part we have control over. On a positive note, the life of a microbe is only 20 minutes, this short lifespan gives us the ability to heal ourselves within weeks it also highlights how quickly the balance can be shifted from good to bad.
Symptoms of imbalance within your microbiome
- abdominal pain
- aging too rapidly
- anal itching
- bloating and gas
- brain fog
- depressed mood
- difficulty focusing
- feeling too full, like food is not leaving your stomach
- hair loss or lifeless hair
- joint pain
- low energy
- memory problems
- muscle pain and tingling of hands and feet
- poor skin color
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