The microbiome - we hear so much about it these days - but what is the microbiome?
Did you know that it is estimated that there are as many microbes in our microbiome as there are human cells in the body?
Did you know that the microbiome includes the microbiome of your gut, your skin, your mouth, your privates - in short everywhere?
A healthy microbiome - what exactly is that? Well, diversity appears to be the key factor. Perhaps easier, is to ask - what is an unhealthy microbiome? This would be a microbiome that is heavily populated by microbes that can cause disease or at least symptoms of dis-ease such as flatulence, burping, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, skin issues, etc. Perhaps an over-run of fungals such as candida. What we also know is that our microbiome has changed significantly over the last 50 years in line with the increase of highly processed foods in our diet.
Diseases that may be implicated with an unbalanced microbiome:
What can you do? Include plenty of vegetables in your diet - eat a rainbow diet of coloured vegetables and healthy proteins. Foster a healthy microbiome with prebiotics such as vegetables and investigate the use of recommended probiotics.
Contact me if you would like more information on the microbiome.
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I am a chemical produced by the body that acts as a neurotransmitter.
I help regulate stomach acid and boost libido, support the brain and help fight off infection.
Oestrogen increases my production.
Too much of me can result in nausea, headaches, vertigo, flushing, rapid heartbeat, stomach aches, diarrhoea, nose congestion and asthma.
I am also present in food and drinks and can also cause the body to produce more of me. Some foods and drinks can cause a strong reaction in some people because of me.
The body produces me to ward off allergies but I can also cause an over-reaction. I have an important role in making you itch.
Have you guessed who I am?
I am Histamine....
Histamine is a protein produced by mast cells, a type of white blood cell. Too much histamine can be due to mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) where excess histamine is released. Excess histamine can also be caused by poor gut function.
Oestrogen can increase histamine levels in the body by stimulating mast cells and at the same time, reduce the body's ability to clear excess histamine from the body. This combination can also cause heavy periods and period pain.
If you need help assessing whether or not you have a possible issue with histamine, you can contact me here.
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Samira Manners - registered naturopath, medical herbalist and nutritionist.