As interest in the microscopic world that surrounds us grows while we work to advance human health, the microbiome has come to the forefront of the science and health communities. With a new awareness about the trillions–yes, trillions– of microorganisms that comprise the human microbiome, it becomes more important than ever that we understand the inner workings of this complex community. But don’t let our manifold microbiome keep you from getting the answers you need to enhance your health. Although every microbiome is as different as our fingerprints, there are some underlying traits all share.
In a Nutshell
You’re probably wondering if it’s even possible to summarize what we know about the microbiome in a nutshell, but we’ll do our best to bring you up to speed. Here is what we know: the microbiome is comprised of both good and bad (read: pathogens) bugs. The trillions of good and bad bugs in the microbiome outnumber our human cells by a factor of 100 to 1. In spite of what some may consider an uneven playing field, humans can still alter their microbiome. In fact, we do it every day.
This powerhouse is controlled by factors like diet, exercise, and previous and ongoing health conditions. Diet and exercise are easier to control, but sometimes health conditions are less manageable. As such, the key to a healthy microbiome is finding balance. Doing so can enable the body to combat depression, bipolar disorder, and other nuero-chemical imbalances. Equally interesting is the healthy microbiome’s ability to guard our gut from unwanted microorganisms , regulate metabolism, inflammation, and immunity and –even more impressively– serve as treatment for multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, cancer, and possibly diabetes.
Nourishing Your Microbiome
As scientists continue searching for ways to better balance the delicate ecosystem that is our microbiome, probiotics have entered the scene. Probiotics are viable microbial supplements that may have a beneficial impact on health. They secret? Probiotics help make their hosts healthy by outnumbering the bad microorganisms with the good microorganisms. With amounting studies about these beneficial microorganisms, one thing has become abundantly clear: Available in supplements and found in food, probiotics have become key players in the microbiome balancing act. So roll out the red carpet, because probiotics give your microbiome the royal treatment it deserves.
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