We are fascinated with all the current and ongoing research about our microbiome, and we think you should be, too! In a nutshell, our bodies are inhabited by trillions of bugs, or bacteria, along with fungi, which make up our microbiome. Most of us know this already, and some of us know that not all the bugs are bad. Bacteria have adapted to live in and on many parts of our bodies, but the bugs in our guts are perhaps the largest and most influential population for our overall health and well-being.
Bugs in your gut sounds like a problem, and some are a problem, but the truth is a lack of some kinds of bugs are a problem also. We need the good bugs to stay healthy and proliferate in order to protect us and build up our immune system. This charming video from NPR illustrates the microbiome environment:
Since your gut health is, quite literally, our business, we want you to be informed and do what you can to care for your health and well-being. The best thing you can do for yourself is feed your friendly gut bacteria. The articles below go into more detail as to what is feast-able food for friendly bugs, but the bottom line is more fiber, more veggies, more fermented food. More PRObiotics, people! It is often difficult to receive the proper amount of probiotics through diet alone, even with a healthy diet. If you need recommendations for excellent probiotic supplements, please let us know. Our goal is to keep your microbiome in tip top shape so you feel great!
How to Improve Your Gut Microbiome in a Day by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
How to Feed our Microbiome: Diet for a Healthy Gut by Mary Vance, NC
The Invisible Universe of the Human Microbiome By Benjamin Arthur for NPR