It’s likely that you’ve recently heard about the “microbiome” for the first time and you may have some questions about what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Research is uncovering that our microbiomes are extremely important to not just our digestion but our overall health and wellness.
But what is it? In short, your microbiome is the combined collection of genes within both the good and bad micro-organisms that live in your body. You may be shocked to learn that research has linked the gut microbiome to mood, weight, heart health and much more. In this article, we’ll discover 5 surprising benefits of having a healthy gut microbiome and how to achieve that in your own body.
Our daily lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, have a profound effect on our microbiome. Namely, its stability, resiliency and diversity1. Of the three, diversity is what we have the most control over. Achieving a diverse community of micro-organisms helps to ensure that a bad organism doesn’t dominate your gut over the good microbes.
A diverse microbiome includes bacteria and other living micro-organisms like eukaryotes and fungi. A diet that promotes a diverse microbiome is one that includes diverse and fermented foods while staying away from overly processed and high-sugar food. You can also help promote a diverse microbiome by supplementing your diet with high-quality probiotics and omega-3s. High-quality probiotics, like those found in the Enzymendica shop, help introduce good bacteria into your microbiome. Less is known about omega-3’s influence on the microbiome, but emerging studies show extremely positive results.2
1 Lozupone, C. A., Stombaugh, J. I., Gordon, J. I., Jansson, J. K., & Knight, R. (2012). Diversity, stability and resilience of the human gut microbiota. Nature, 489(7415), 220.
2 Costantini, L, Molinari, R, Farinon, B, Merendino, N. (2017). Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the Gut Microbiota. Int J Mol Sci, 18(12), 2645.
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Far from a fad, the microbiome is becoming a huge opportunity for growth in both wellness and medicine, with a large body of ongoing studies revolving around it. Some may be surprised to find out how much the microbes in the gut affect our overall health!