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.