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.
Eat well! 🥗🥕🍅🌽🥦🫑🌱
Image source: NIH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Samira Manners - registered naturopath, medical herbalist and nutritionist.