The word “microbiome” refers to all the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in or on your body. That’s over 100 trillion microbes in total.
Your unique Microbial footprint that happens over your life time can tell a lot about you, to give you an idea, it is more accurate than your DNA!
Why are microbiomes so important?
Microbes have many, many important functions in your body. They help to digest your food, train your immune system to distinguish between friend and foe, turn your genes on and off, synthesize important vitamins, aid in detoxification, and neutralize cancer-causing compounds, plus a host of other things. WOW!
This intelligent bacterial ecosystem in your gut makes up the majority of your immune system, and your body actually contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. These trillions of microbes and their colonies are the manufacturers and managers of how you look, feel and think.
I’ve said it a few times, the gut is your second brain and another true one is: “All disease begins in the gut”; when your microbiome is weakened or damaged it can ‘switch on’ a number of potential diseases throughout the body.
What diseases are caused by a compromised microbiome?
Here are some listed below to give you an idea of when your microbiome is compromised:
- Autoimmune Conditions — Autoimmune is when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells, it’s basically an abnormal response (in the body) to a normal body part.
- Mental Health Disorders — Gut and brain are linked, hence the “second brain.” It can be linked to Anxiety and depression.
- Poor Immune Health — Always getting sick? Colds, flu, sore throat, sinus, etc. Probably means a weak Microbiome or overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, fungus or perhaps even a parasite?
- Heart Disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Skin Conditions — If you are battling with acne, eczema or psoriasis, you may want to start with healing your microbiome
- Weight gain and Obesity — All weight issues start from your gut, it controls your metabolism
- Acid Reflux — Yip! That’s me!
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Asthma and Sinus Infections — I can whole heartedly say that since I have been looking after my gut I don’t suffer that much from hay fever and sinus! It really is true.
You need to take a look at your eating and your lifestyle if you are suffering with anyone of these. Basically, we are all different and no one’s microbiome is the same, but fundamentally the same principles apply. In my next blog, I will write about healing your microbiome and what you can do to help. It all starts with YOU.
No one else can help. It’s your decisions every day that count. Your thoughts and willpower control the way you will feel in days to come. Also think about this: you may have been eating badly over 20, 30 or even 40 years, so be patient with yourself when you start to make healthy choices. Your body is going to take time to start healing, but once you do, you will wonder how you ever lived in that ‘way’ before.