UNDERSTANDING YOUR MICROBIOME
Did you know there are trillions of microbiota living inside our body? The microbiota creates a microbiome that includes not just bacteria, but also fungi, parasites, and viruses. These “bugs” coexist in a symbiotic relationship with the human body. They are found throughout our bodies, but most of them are found in the small and large intestines.
DID YOU KNOW
There are over
microbes in our body
Your body has
more microbes than genes
Of all illnesses can be traced back to the gut health
A BALANCED GUT
A healthy body starts in the gut. Your body naturally produces around 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, and these bacterial cells come together to create what is known as your microbiome. Everyone’s microbiome is unique. Your geographical location, health, stress, age, gender, and diet can all affect the composition of your microbiome. Collectively, your gut microbiome can weigh as much as your brain, and it plays an important role in regulating key bodily functions.
Of these trillion of bacteria in your microbiome, there are ‘good guys” (also known as ‘probiotics’) and “bad guys” (also known as ‘pathogens’).
A healthy microbiome should consist of around 85% good bacteria, and 15% bad bacteria. When the microbiome’s balance is disrupted, the bad bacteria can cause digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.) and other health problems. There is also a third group of bacteria called ‘commensals’, which are neutral, opportunistic bacteria that can be swayed by the balance of your microbiome. If you maintain a healthy microbiome, the opportunistic bacteria will become partners with your probiotics (the beneficial bacteria). However, if your microbiome is imbalanced, the opportunistic bacteria will become partners with the unfavourable bacteria (or pathogens) causing more issues for your digestive and immune system.
A HEALTHY GUT
- Aids in proper digestive function
- Effectively breaks down toxic foods and pathogens
- Produces certain necessary vitamins
- Strengthens the immune system
- Helps maintain overall health
AN IMBALANCED GUT
- Can cause diarrhea or constipation
- Imbalanced digestive function and bowel movements
- Excessive bloating and gas
- Abdominal discomfort
- Fatigue and difficulty concentrating