Who Knew? Gut Bug Diversity is Essential For Health

Hello again everyone:

As we continue our exploration of the over 100 trillion bacteria that inhabit our gut, that come in over 1000 different species, it becomes important to know that the more diverse our population of gut bacteria (our microbiome), the healthier we are. Check this out:


The authors say that:
In particular, microbial richness, intended as bacterial diversity, is usually considered an indicator of a healthy status: reduced bacterial diversity has been related to obesity and immune-related and inflammatory diseases. In addition, as a healthy microbiome composition is required for a number of physiological functions, qualitative alterations, especially at level of the core microbiome, can lead to the development of disease.

Bottom Line: We need to maintain a gut with great microbial diversity. The authors use the term, qualitative alterations, which means changes in the quality of the gut microbial diversity where species of bacteria become dominant that have negative effects upon our health and actually lead to the development of disease, and this includes inflammation. This is important because we know with certainty that inflammation cause, aggravates and/or perpetuates virtually all human illness and aging. While this paper is only from 2015, since then there are facts that have come to light that are important to know in order to know how to maintain microbial diversity and why. For example:

• Babies, while still in the womb, are now found to have a microbiome already in their intestines.
• We are now believed to have 2 microbiomes: one that is inherited, and one that is developed by environmental exposures which include being exposed to the mother’s birth canal biome, which is essential for normal immune and systemic health development.
• The developed or acquired gut microbiome is not stable and can be altered (for good or bad) by diet, stress, medications, alcohol, infections, trauma, chemical exposures (artificial sweeteners are particularly bad, as is glyphosate from Roundup…this means it is best to eat organically grown foods), age, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, illness and more.
• Short term dietary ‘corrections’ are not adequate to restore microbial diversity, yet long term positive dietary improvements can as well as exercise, stress reduction and more.

Our next blog will go over what to do to optimize your gut microbiome and will be focused on lifestyle factors you can implement on your own.

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