Meet Our Microbiome | Bayside Naturopath

Meet Our Microbiome | Bayside Naturopath
January 4, 2017 Amy Baxendale

Did you know that more than 100 trillion microorganisms live in our gut, skin, mouth and other parts of our bodies? Most of these organisms live in our digestive tract and are composed of fungi, viruses and mostly bacteria, and these influence every aspect of our health.

The microbiome affects our metabolism, immunity, mood and brain function. It affects every aspect of our everyday life! Scientists have also linked allergies, obesity and many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and autoimmune disorders to our microbiome. Our gut health can have a significant impact on ADHD, autism, asthma, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, IBS and IBD, memory issues, fibromyalgia, arthritis, atherosclerosis, menstrual issues, skin problems eg. eczema and acne, frequent colds and infections etc. Your intestinal flora determines whether your body is in a state on inflammation or not.

How powerful are these little guys?

The most significant factor relating to the health and diversity of our microbiome is the food we consume. Food can change the number and the type of bacteria in our gut in as little as 3-4 days following a change in diet. This idea that food is the most important variable in human health has been around for thousands of years. Hippocrates stated in 400BC “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Anyone can change the state of their microbiome – and the fate of their health- by the food choices we make on a daily basis.

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