There’s a chance you may have heard these words mentioned in recent conversation with your doctor, coworker, friend or possibly even on social media. But, do you truly understand why “gut health” is such a hot topic of conversation lately?
With this episode, we hope to help you understand the microbiome on a deeper level while leaving you with tangible tips and tricks of what you can do about it – how to avoid the things that may be harming you – and how to replenish the good bacteria in your body that’s trying to help you thrive and survive.
Our microbiome is most easily defined as the bacterial cells living on us and in us – think: on our skin and in our stomach/intestines, mouth, nose, and vagina.
At minute two – Laura shares our “FUN FACT OF THE DAY” discovered by the University of Colorado – Did you know that there are potentially anywhere from ten to one-hundred trillion microbial cells living in and on us as humans?
Most people aren’t aware of the fact that bacterial cells outnumber us individually to that level – but, it’s true and so powerful when it comes to the potential variables within our long-term health.
The study mentioned above also references a statistic we find fascinating: They reported something along the lines of discovering that within 20 minutes of birth, infants born vaginally have a richly developed microbiome resembling that of their mother’s vagina. Where as, infants born via c-section conversely do not show the same type of microbiome, their microbiome is more likely to closely resemble that of the bacterial variety only present on their mothers skin.
In this episode, Laura & Briana dive deep into the factors that can alter the healthy balance of your microbiome beginning at birth an extending into adulthood. It all begins with the way you were born (c-section or vaginally, breastfed or bottle fed, did you have a pet growing up as a child? Take multiple rounds of antibiotics? Use hand sanitizer on everything? ) . There’s no right answer – because most of that was out of our control, but it’s what we can do about it now that matters most.
It all comes down to daily exposures, medications, antibiotics, stress and so much more that you might not otherwise realize are affecting your health on a daily basis.
In summary – your gut helps to balance your immune system, mood, cognitive abilities, digestion, hormones…. Everything inside of us that we didn’t realize we had much control over until now
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Still eager to learn more? We Highly recommend you checkout Dr. Josh Axe’s website as a resource for easy to understand information about the microbiome and more.
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He also has a book with deeper information and solutions for gut health you might find interesting:
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- The Human Microbiome: How It Works + a Diet for Gut Health by Dr. Josh Axe
- (32) Dominguez-Bello MG, Costello EK, Contreras M, Magris M, Hidalgo G, Fierer N, Knight R. Delivery mode shapes the acquisition and structure of the initial microbiota across multiple body habitats in newborns.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2010;107:11971–11975. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
- (33) Palmer C, Bik EM, DiGiulio DB, Relman DA, Brown PO. Development of the human infant intestinal microbiota.PLoS Biol. 2007;5:e177. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
- Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 Reduces Depression Scores and Alters Brain Activity: A Pilot Study in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- NIH: The Common Fund’s Human Microbiome Project (HMP) developed research resources to enable the study of the microbial communities that live in and on our bodies and the roles they play in human health and disease.