We have more microbial cells than human cells!
This fact alone hints at why it is so important to look after the trillions of microbes living in and on your body.
It’s not just the gut microbiome…
Whilst the gut microbiome is the most well-researched and publicised of all the microbiomes, there are also microbiomes of the vagina, mouth, skin, semen and more!
It’s an ecological community.
Whilst predominantly bacteria, our microbiome also hosts a range of fungi, protazoa, archaea, and viruses…which, in ideal world, live harmoniously and support many aspects of our health.
The Gut Microbiome has many jobs!
The gut microbiome is involved in the healthy function of your immune system, metabolism, nutrition status, mental health, and numerous bodily functions.
It’s all about the balance
An imbalance in the gut bug population has been associated with an increase in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, allergies, and eczema.
The Unsterile Womb
Whilst the womb was once considered a sterile environment, evidence has recently pointed to the existence of microorganisms in the placenta, amniotic fluid, umbilical chord, and fetal membranes, suggesting that fetal gut colonisation may start before birth.
Bub’s Microbiome and Immune System
One of the strongest influences that early gut health will have on the future health of a child is through its close interaction with the immune system. (3) In fact, it is thought that achieving a favourable balance of gut bugs during these earlier years can drastically reduce the chances of a child developing allergies, eczema, asthma, and autoimmune disease.
Do any of these facts surprise, amaze (or confuse) you?
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