Your gut microbiome along with your DNA is what defines you. It’s as individual as your fingerprint! It comprises trillions of microbes living in your gut which is about 23 feet long! There are about 100 trillion bacterial cells in your microbiome and it weighs about 1.5 kilograms or 3.5 pounds! There are ten times the number of microbiome cells than there are human cells. This means we are only about 10 per cent human!
Your microbiome starts to develop after birth and is shaped by what we eat and drink. Since the dawn of Man human beings have had to live off the animals and plants around them. Early Man also had to hunt and forage for food – so he got a lot of fresh air and exercise! Our ancestors were used to a diverse diet of fruit and vegetables, quality meat and fish, eggs, seeds and nuts. This has determined the species of bacteria in (and on) the body. By definition our early diet was entirely ‘natural’.
Our defences against illness, our weight, skin health and mood are all determined by the 1000 or so different species of bacteria living in the gut. The gut microbiome is in touch with a large part of the immune system – it accounts for around 70 per cent of our immune cells. A more diverse spread of gut bacteria means that we are better able to fight off infection and has many more benefits: We have better skin, we are less prone to depression and mood swings, food cravings subside, and less bloating and tummy fat. We also have increased energy, fewer aches and pains, with less anxiety and stress.
But our healthy microbiome has been badly affected by modern living. More of us are eating processed convenience foods, takeaways, sugary fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and sweet puddings. Not to mention increased levels of saturated fats.
Too much sugar and alcohol can stress the body, which means you are also stressed. This is a long way from our natural ancestral diet and lifestyle.
In some cases, there has been over-use of antibiotics which not only destroy the bad bugs in our gut but they destroy the good ones as well! The problem is the ‘good’ gut bacteria are reduced in number allowing the ‘bad’ bacteria to thrive. The diversity of good bacteria is reduced and our health suffers as a result.
Our poor diet has meant the rise of the modern illness: Increased obesity, depression, type 2 diabetes, stress, cancer, asthma and hay fever, and poorer skin condition – to name just a few.
And now for the Good News!
By improving our diet and taking more exercise we can achieve a healthier lifestyle! A new fitter you is possible! Your microbiome can be cleansed and re-balanced with more healthy bacteria. We can be less prone to illness, reduce weight, become fitter and stronger, less stressed and have a more relaxed outlook on life!
Because we are all individual, it requires a tailored approach, specific to you, to make the changes required. Lifestyle Diet Space can help – give us a call!
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