The mircobiome is the bacteria that populate your gut. For every human cell, there are ten bacterial cells, we are more bacteria than we are human! These bacteria are key to our immune function, working with our body to consume and kill viruses, toxins and harmful bacteria. They produce vitamins, have an affect on our personality and the way we think, they communicate with each other and with our brain, effecting mental health. They are tied to our nervous system and even produce hormones.
This microbiome consists of both beneficial and harmful bacteria. The key is to keep the beneficial bacteria more productive and thriving than the harmful. If there are too many harmful bacteria the beneficial can morph into harmful and that is where you see many of the health issues common in today's society. Most health concerns have a root cause in the gut and once you work on killing off the harmful bacteria and feeding the beneficial bacteria, your body will return to a balanced state of optimal health.
In the next couple of blog posts we will go into detail about each type of bacteria, how they can affect us and how we can keep the beneficial bacteria thriving in our bodies.
Often times when we think of a person's uniqueness, it comes in the form of how they look, how tall they are, what color of hair and eyes they have, are they introverts or extroverts, etc. What is not often thought of is how unique our constitutional make up is. Everyone has been created differently, from their DNA to their personalities and preferences, all the way down to their microbiome (bacteria in the gut). Some people have a strong constitution, they rarely get sick and they can eat anything and continue to thrive. Others have weaker constitutions making them more sensitive. They are subject to illness, allergies and other health issues. This group must work harder on their health habits and be mindful of their environment.
Because of this, one person's health habits are not going to have the same results as another. For example, if all four of my children come down with a cold each one will require a different remedy to aid their body in healing. One just needs frequent hot baths, one will take a lot of herbs, one just needs an essential oil and one needs all of the above.
As we continue on this journey to better health, its important to keep this in mind. What works for one person may not work for another. This is true for the diet as well as dealing with illness. Because every"body" is different, we will be sharing a variety of ways to help the body function optimally, thus bringing about better health and vitality.