The human body is a complex community of microbes that are referred to as human microbiota or microbiome. It is estimated that the human microbiota number more than 10 ^14 cells, which exceeds the number of human cells in our bodies.
In other words, the homo sapien is a community of smart bugs.
“The human intestinal microbiota (aka gut bacteria) constitutes a complex and metabolically active ecosystem that is now well recognized for its impact on human health and disease.”(1)
The GI microbiota or intestinal microbiota comprises around 400 bacteria species. The good bacteria known as commensal bacteria are necessary for healthy digestion—producing enzymes to absorb nutrients from food. This bacterium also helps the intestinal immune system develop and function properly, tolerating food antigens and attacking pathogens.
It's clear that the gut microbiota co evolves and changes with the host, you. Changes in this population can have beneficial or harmful consequences. Detrimental changes in the microbiota community may lead to a bacterial imbalance in the gut known as dysbiosis.
Why is this important?
Current research shows that dysbiosis is related to IBS, Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Cardiovascular Disease, and IBD. (2)
Other studies find that the gut microbiota and their metabolic products influence “intestinal permeability and immune function, activity in the enteric nervous system , the HPA axis, pain modulation systems and the brain” (3).
Researchers in Sweden list the following factors:
What do the gut bacteria like to eat so that we enhance and support gut microbiota diversity?
Intestinal microbiota is responsive and adaptable to the diet of the host organism. (2)
High dietary fiber can improve microbiome richness or diversity. This is a pivotal point because lower microbiome richness is identified as less healthy and associated with metabolic dysfunction and low-grade inflammation.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and brussels sprouts help proliferate certain beneficial bacterial species and have anti-carcinogenic properties including apoptosis. (5)
Bananas that have turned from green to yellow are considered a fantastic food source of prebiotics which the gut microbiome loves to munch on. So is...
Keep these foods in mind and incorporate these into your diet. Start off slow and ramp up if you aren't used to raw foods or cruciferous veggies.
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Here is a powerful quote about probiotics published in Nutrients August 2016:
It has been reported that probiotics can "decrease the number of potentially pathogenic gastrointestinal microorganisms and pathogens, and reduce gastrointestinal discomfort, flatulence and bloating, and improve bowel regularity. Probiotics can also enhance the immune system, improve the skin's function, enhance resistance against cedar pollen allergens, and decrease body pathogens, as well as protecting DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage. They can also maintain an individual’s intestinal microbiota in subjects receiving antibiotic treatment [8,9,10,11]. In particular, it has been reported that gut probiotics play a major role in bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain [12,13]. Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast assemblage of microbiota in our intestines may have a major impact on our state of mind."
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Arabinogalactan has a “wide range of biological properties and activities documented, such as the protection of gastrointestinal mucosa and large bowel function, the support of digestive health by improving intestinal flora, the improvement of stress- induced gastrointestinal dysfunction, the effect on vascular permeability, the effect in metastatic disease and the enhancement of immune function ,” according to a recent 2016 Nutrition & Metabolism review (4)
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Look out for part 2 of this series to learn more about your gut bacteria and how to keep this community happy and you healthy.
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