The Microbiome: Why Yours Matters
The human body contains a complex combination of microorganisms, or microbes, that live on and throughout the body. Many of these small organisms live in the stomach, small intestine, and colon. The collection of these microorganisms, including bacteria, is called the microbiome and its scale is quite staggering – there are trillions of them!
Your microbiome is just as unique as it is complex in adapting to your environment, activity levels, and what you eat each day, in order to keep your system healthy. In our hurried world where exercise is lacking, stress is commonplace, and many people don’t have access to fresh foods, it’s important to understand how the gut works and how to work with it because it’s always working for you. For instance, the microbiome plays an essential role in shaping fundamental physical functions, like regulating your immune system and how food gets metabolized.
The importance of eating whole, less processed foods and fitting in 30 minutes of exercise a day is clear. And now, by breaking down how the microbiome works, we’re learning how a balanced composition of microorganisms can aid your body in essential functions. Research shows a correlation between changes in the composition of microorganisms and various disease states such as Type 2 Diabetes and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The future is exciting with so much potential in the area of the human biome. When thinking about total well-being, it’s important to remember that each individual has a unique microbiome. How we live our day to day, how we respond to stresses and different environments, and what we eat influences and shapes our microbiome.