Few people understand just how important your Gut Microbiome is to your life, not just the effectiveness of virtually every function of your body, but as recent studies suggest, how long you live.
There are trillions of microbes that exist in the human body. These are mainly to be found in your intestines. They are largely bacteria, viruses, and fungi, which are collectively referred to as the Gut Microbiome, of which bacteria are by far the most studied.
Estimates suggest you have more Bacterial cells than Human cells in your body 40trn v 30trn. There are up to 1,000 species of Bacteria involved in the Human Gut Microbiome, each playing a different role.
Weighing up to 2kg, similar in weight to the brain, they are effectively an extra organ in your body which is crucial for your health. They are very much involved in controlling your Digestion, Immune system, and your Brain Health, such that without them it would be difficult to survive.
The Gut Microbiome affects the body from birth throughout your life controlling, as mentioned before, your digestion, immunity, the central nervous system, and other bodily processes. It plays a role in intestinal diseases like IBS whose effects are caused by Gut Dysbiosis. A healthy Microbiome prevents disease-causing bacteria from sticking to the intestinal walls and helps avoid such illnesses developing.
The Microbiome is even related to Heart Health, promoting ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, but an unhealthy gut can lead to artery blocking, by producing a chemical known as TMOA leading to heart attacks or strokes particularly in diets high in red meat and animal products.
The Gut Microbiome is also linked to the control of blood sugar levels, and it has been discovered that there is a rise in unhealthy bacterial species, just before the onset of type 1 Diabetes.
When it comes to our Brain, certain bacteria help produce chemicals called neurotransmitters such as serotonin that is mostly made in the Gut, which is connected to the Brain through millions of nerves. Studies have also shown that people with psychological disorders have different strains of bacteria in their guts compared to healthy people.
Its’ no wonder that one of our first products was our Gut Microbiome Formula to help strengthen and support your whole body.
Experts have said that ‘a varied diet, with fruit, vegetables, fermented foods, and whole grains’, and which also contains both Prebiotics and Probiotics is best for the Gut. They also suggest a plant-based diet is healthier and that a Probiotic Supplement is recommended, as well as avoiding Antibiotics where possible.