Our vitality and wellness is intimately connected to a healthy functioning Microbiome
Endocrine signalling, nutrient production, detoxification, immune response and weight regulation are influenced by this wonderous ecosystem. For example, early studies sugges that the Microbiome associated with the gastrointestinal tract can determine whether we are lean or overweight.
Mouse studies have demonstrated that taking the gut flora from obese mice and placing it into sterile counterparts results in the newly transplanted mice becoming overweight. And guess what happens when gut flora from lean mice is placed into sterile counterparts? They develop leanness. Bear in mind that both groups of mice are fed the same diets and yet the same studies show that obese rodents tend to extract more calories from their diet while the lean counterparts extract more nutrients. This would suggest that it is the Microbiome that is responsible for either nutrient absorption or energy extraction. What we are seeing is that the lean mice get more bang for their buck without putting on additional weight. The studies reveal that the change in Microflora iresults in either leanness or obesity.
All disease begins in the gut - Hippocrates
The HMB also appears to play a significant role in immune function and maturation. The body's immune function depends on healthy functioning metabolic and physiological pathways such as blood protein levels, T-Cell numbers and vitamin status. But more than that the overall environment or body eco-system is fundamental in our ability to resolve infections and bounce back from illness. We have seen that antibiotic resistance is on the rise because of overuse which results in damage to the body's gut flora population which weakens gut-based immune function. Similarly obsessing about keeping ourselves and our home clean to the point of sterility reduces beneficial populations of microbiota living in, on and around us. The rates of atopic illness is much less in populations who live around animals and livestock. The take home message: we seem to develop more disease resistance with the more exposure to naturally occurring microbiota species.
The disease is nothing and the environment everything - Louis pasteur
5 easy tips to promote a healthy microbiome
- Natural Birth
- Eat Clean
- Live Dirty
- Use Medications Judiciously
- Look after your Digestion