Have you heard the good word? A healthy microbiome leads to a healthy body! A microbiome is a large ecosystem of viruses, bacteria, and fungi that live mostly in the digestive system. This ecosystem is so large that it is about 3-4 pounds of the body’s weight! The microbiome is part of the body’s defense against sickness and disease. Once it starts to get unbalanced, the body starts to get sick. It’s a fact that all diseases can be tied to gut health in one way or another. It’s time to start giving your microbiome some real love!
Microbiome's Role In Body Functions
The microbiome’s role in body functions are important things to familiarize yourself with. There are direct connections with the microbiome to digestion, mental health, and immune system function. Without this ecosystem of microbes, these other systems cannot function properly. A healthy microbiome leads to a healthy body. No microbiome, no healthful living.
Microbiome Digestion Connection
Without a healthy microbiome, digestion cannot happen properly. The microbiome digestion connection is real. The microbes in the gut influence enzymes to be released when food comes down the digestive tract. These enzymes help to further break down food and send the broken down nutrients on it’s way through the body to be absorbed and utilized as cellular nourishment. Without working enzymes, unbroken down food causes intestinal villi breakdown leading to leaky gut, sending the body right on it’s way to sickness and disease.
Leaky gut causes an array of problems. Villi are finger like projections from the intestinal wall. They are extremely important because they protect the intestinal walls and send food nutrients to cells in a proper direction. When intestinal villi are broken down due to undigested food particles, foods then start to break holes into the intestinal wall. This causes undigested food particles to sneak through into the blood stream causing an array of immune responses.
Another huge role in the destruction of the microbiome is diet. Food intolerances, allergies, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, are just among some of the very many things that are affected by bad foods that destroy the gut’s microbiome. My Autoimmune Diet and list of Gut Healing Foods can change the life of anyone who suffers from any of these things. Also, be sure to check out my Pinterest board Processed Food Detox. It offers a ton of great gut healing ideas and recipes!
Microbiome Immune System Connection
The biggest thing to note when it comes to the microbiome immune system connection, is inflammation. When leaky gut is prevalent in the body, extreme amounts of inflammation happens. As described above, when the intestinal villi are broken down foods sneak through holes in the intestinal wall. This is not the natural way for nutrients to feed the body. When broken down food, viruses, or bacteria enters the rest of the body through holes in the intestinal wall, it signals the immune system to start attacking. This is the body’s natural defense mechanism against foreign invaders. In this situation, broken down food along with any other chemicals put into the food, viruses, and bacteria are trying to be taken down by the immune system and the first step to defense in to inflame the body.
Your healthy gut flora (microbiome) needs to be present and in balance to be able to take down foreign invaders. If your microbiome is non existent, there’s a pretty decent chance viruses and bacteria will be roaming inside the body causing constant sickness, disease, and autoimmune issues. Learn more about how Poor Digestion Leads To Sickness here!
Microbiome Mental Health Connection
If you haven’t heard already, there is this great discovery called the gut-brain axis. This great discovery is key to the microbiome mental health connection. The whole gut-brain axis stems from the fact that the gut’s microbiome talks to the brain through the body’s vagus nerve. On the flip side to microbiome talking to the brain by influencing serotonin and dopamine production, the brain also aids in digestion. Another kicker is that the brain needs healthy fats fed to it to work optimally. And, this only happens when you have great digestion. If the gut’s microbiome is compromised or non-existent, the fat nutrients from foods will never properly be sent to the brain. Another great thing to learn is How Diet Affects Mental Health. Not having an optimal diet means that you are not feeding your brain the nutrients it needs.
The more you take care of keeping your microbiome healthy and in balance, the more you will feel better mentally, have good digestion, and feel better overall. If you are feeling stressed, a great start to reconnecting the gut-brain access is to learn techniques that can help to relieve stressful situations. Learn about De-stressing Techniques here.
Things That Destroy Microbiome
There are a ton of things that destroy microbiome. Stress, unhealthy eating, processed foods, sugar, food chemicals, alcohol, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, antibiotics, a low fiber diet, not enough exercise, and prescription drugs.
The best way to kick start getting the body’s microbiome back up and running is a 10 Day Processed Food Detox, healing the body by Eating The Proper Macros, Giving Up Sugar, and Practicing Calming Techniques. The most important thing to remember is that recreating an ecosystem of microbes takes time. However, in the end you will feel like a whole new person and lean away from sickess, disease, and autoimmune flareups!