I love the microbiome!

“What is that?”  you may ask.

The genes of the creature which live in and on us and far outnumber our own human genes

Gene Ratio

NPR has created this highly informative short video.  Please enjoy.

Some of the countless ways the “creatures within” support our well-being include:

  • Protect the gut from infections
  • Improve digestion and absorption
  • Keep the gut clean
  • Balance the immune system
  • Destroy toxins and carcinogens
  • Vitamin Production
  • Provide antibiotics
  • Educating our Immune Cells
  • Regulate metabolism
  • Regulate fat storage

As shown in the above video, our microbiome is effected by how we are born, what our first foods are, our environment and more.

We have a microbiome wherever there is a mucous membrane or surface area such as our

  • mouth
  • nose
  • armpits
  • scalp
  • back
  • forearms
  • toenails
  • gut
  • everywhere!

each habitat is different and the gut is the largest – thus the most influential.  Issues with these areas may be affected by altering the microbes living there.  That said, toenail fungus may be affected by altering the microbes in your gut.

How does one alter their microbiome?

With the largest amount living within our gut, diet is a major factor!

Other factors that are under our control include:

  • supplementation with probiotics and intake of fermented foods such as sauerkraut or beet kvass
  • our lifestyle – how we deal with stress
  • environmental issues under our control such as laundry detergents and cleaning products, remove all those with antibiotics and chemical toxins; doing daily detox

In short, many simple changes made regularly can have an influence on your microbiome for the better.

Change your habits – change your health