The microbiome is a term used to describe the community of bacteria that live on and in us. The science in this field has exploded over the last several years with technological breakthroughs that allow us to 'map' the cultures of bacteria that make us who we are.
The micro biome is among one of the most important factors in our health, and gives us an avenue to influence the our overall well being and resilience to disease and infection.
The science is compelling, and I am in on a quest to understand how to guide my practice in the direction of health by studying the gut and the microbiota from every angle.
The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional, and extremely important in immune function, and general health and well being. Our diet is the most important way we can influence our gut microbiota. Probiotics and being conscious and aware, and minimizing environmental and food and water based toxins is also very important.
Gluten is a hot topic, and I am reluctantly in the camp that we all need to reduce our consumption. I have tried to refute this, but have been unsuccessful. Look for future posts on this topic. It is extensive.
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