Your Gut Flora: Microbiome

Did you know that humans have billions of live bacteria including fungi and viruses in our gut? The majority of the bacteria is found in the large intestine, but it can also be found in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

Our gut is where the food we eat is broken down into digestible sizes. The food we eat can feed the bacteria in our bodies which breaks it down into compounds that help support or lead to inflammation putting us at risk for disease.

Weight, immune response, and our moods are regulated by the health of our gut. However there are many other things that may effect our microbiome, such as how we were born, C-Sections create a different microbiome in babies than the babies that were born vaginally. Antibiotics, age, genetics, diet in childhood and adulthood, and stress.

We can support our guts with prebiotics and probiotics.

Probiotics are bacteria that we consume in our diet, or with supplements, that help support our gut health. Fermented foods such as kefir, tempeh, yogurt etc.

Prebiotics are fiber sources that ferment in the gut, creating bioactive compounds. These can be found in onion, Asparagus, Banana, Soy been, and garlic etc.

When our gut health is disrupted its known as dysbiosis, where the bad gut bacteria outnumbers the good. Healing our gut can help alleviate most ailments you may experience or are experiencing on and off the plate.

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