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WHAT IS THE GUT MICROBIOME? AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? 🤔

LETS EXPLORE: THE GUT MICROBIOME

Today, we dive into the fascinating world of the gut microbiome.

What exactly is it? 

Why is it so important?

What affects it? 

What can you do to keep yours healthy?

 

A MICROSCOPIC GALAXY INSIDE OF US

Inside our guts resides a galaxy of microorganisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome (or gut flora).

These microorganisms are continuously working to fulfil important functions for our body, and are essential to keeping us alive and healthy.

Each of us have a unique microbiome. Our individual microbial make up is influenced by factors such as genetics, environment, diet and lifestyle choices.

-A healthy gut microbiome is key for optimal gut function, and thus for overall wellbeing.

There are trillions of microbes, across hundreds of different strains, populating our gut microbiome. A healthy microbiome is one which has a high diversity and population of healthy microbes.

A HEALTHY GUT MICROBIOME  
IS KEY FOR:

Healthy digestion and nutrient absorption

A strong immune system

Optimal brain function and mental clarity

Every day vitality and general wellbeing 

SIGNS YOUR MICROBIOME IS STRUGGLING

A unhealthy gut microbiome is one where there is an excess of unhealthy microbes, and a lack of healthy microbes.

 A unhealthy microbiome can manifest as skin conditions, food sensitivities, digestive issues, weight gain, fatigue, depression and other disorders.

Through everyday lifestyle decisions, we have the ability to improve the health of our gut, and therefore, the quality of our life. Caring for your gut should not be a chore, but rather a natural act of self love, a lifestyle choice.

WHAT AFFECTS YOUR MICROBIOME?

There are many factors which impact our gut microbiome. Our genes play a role, but throughout our life our microbiome will shift in response to a variety of lifestyle and diet choices.  

Lifestyle factors and diet choices strongly influence the structure, diversity, and composition of the microbiome.

In the last few decades, there have been big and rapid changes in the way human beings live and eat, which have had a detrimental impact on the health of our digestive systems, and in turn, our wellbeing.

Over half of adults globally report to have gut health difficulties.

Factors which negatively impact the health of out gut microbiome include:

😣 Stress 

🥱 Lack of sleep

🍟 Imbalanced diet and processed foods

💊 Antibiotic medications (which are designed to attack pathogenic (bad) bacteria, but simultaneously kill our good bacteria as well)

🧪 Artificial ingredients and pesticides, and other agricultural chemicals found in our foods, which have similar actions to antibiotics

Good news is that an increasing amount of scientific research is being done about the gutempowering us with knowledge to assist us in making choices as to what we can do to keep our gut microbiome strong and healthy.

THE PROS
OF PROBIOTICS

Probiotics are bacteria which are beneficial to our gut microbiome.
 
Regular consumption of probiotics helps keep a healthy microbiome, and in turn, a healthier body and mind. 
 

Happy Culture Kombucha and Water Kefir are bubbling with live probiotics. Regular enjoyment of these bubbly wonders offers an easy, exciting way to boost the health of your gut microbiome, as an integrated part of a gut-loving diet and lifestyle.

THE BOTTOM LINE

There are many trillions of bacteria, fungus, and other organisms in your gut microbiome.

Due to its positive effects on your immune system, digestion, and many other aspects of health, the gut microbiome is crucial to your overall health.

Weight gain, excessive blood sugar, high cholesterol, and other conditions may be influenced by an imbalance of dangerous and beneficial microorganisms in the gut.

Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fermented foods to aid in the establishment of healthy gut microorganisms.

HAPPINESS BEGINS WITHIN

With ♥

Manon
Mama to Happy Culture

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