The microbiome is the collection of all the microorganisms that live in and on our bodies. The largest number are the gut microbiome, which reside primarily in our colon. Scientists estimate that there are over 30,000 friendly microorganisms in the gut microbiome and the latest research shows that these bacteria have a huge impact on both our mental and physical health. The gut microbiome has been implicated in many diseases such as: irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, as well as neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory illnesses. We now realize that everything we do affects our gut microbiome, and it, in turn, affects every aspect of our health. Numerous clinical studies are presently being conducted on how to modify the gut microbiome through diet, probiotics, and other means.
Our gut microbiome is part of the gut-brain axis which includes the nervous system, the endocrine system, the immune system, and the enteric nervous and enteric endocrine systems. The gut microbiome can affect every organ in the body by producing chemicals that leave the gut and enter the bloodstream.
There are many ways to disrupt the gut microbiome and the technical term for an imbalanced microbiome is dysbiosis. The most obvious way to damage the ecology of the gut bacteria is to take antibiotics. While they may be necessary and extremely important for our overall health, they also have a highly negative impact, killing many friendly bacteria. It is hard to estimate how long it takes for our gut microbiome to recover from antibiotics; for some people it might take weeks, for others years.
Diet is probably the most important factor to affect the composition of the gut bacteria, changing it from one day to the next depending on what we eat. If we don’t consume enough fiber this can also affect the gut microbiome. The microbiome theory of aging attributes the deleterious effects of aging to a disruption of the gut microbiome and a reduction of the diversity of microorganisms. A balance microbiome protects the lining of our gut, minimizes inflammation, and helps maintain health and logevity.
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Pick some new healthy diet habit that you want to adopt, something that helps your gut microbiome. It could be as simple as trying to eat more fiber or taking probiotics. Remember to choose something that is simple and easy to do.
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Our new article: Improving the Gut Microbiome
- Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind by Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, and Samantha Wallace, Dharma Publications, 2017
- The Rest And Repair Diet: Heal Your Gut, Improve Your Physical and Mental Health, and Lose Weight by Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, Samantha Wallace, Andrew Stenberg, MA, Jim Davis, DO, and Alexis Farley, Dharma Publications, 2019
- Improving the Gut Microbiome
Wishing you great good health and happiness,
Dr Robert Keith Wallace and the Biohack Longevity, Doc Gut, Dosha Guru, and Dharma Parenting Teams