Each person is hosting a “mini-environment” called the microbiome. It consists of bacteria and other microbes living in and on the body. These microorganisms have a tremendous impact on metabolic function, building the immune system, protecting against invading microorganisms, brain health, mood, and appetite. The microbiome directly or indirectly affects every physiologic function. Building a strong healthy microbiome is key to warding off disease and generating an abundance of energy.
“The human body contains trillions of microorganisms — outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. Because of their small size, however, microorganisms make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body’s mass (in a 200-pound adult, that’s 2 to 6 pounds of bacteria), but play a vital role in human health.”1“Healthy adult humans each typically harbor more than 1000 species of bacteria…”2
What Builds the Microbiome?
- A high fiber diet containing an abundance of vegetables is the number one support.
- Foods with high levels of polyphenols fuel healthy microbes.
- Consuming raw fermented foods adds a variety of microbes.
- Supplementing with a full spectrum of probiotics aids in building the microbiome.
- Consuming prebiotic foods in the diet. These include lentils, chickpeas, and beans for insoluble fiber for supporting the growth of probiotics.
A Natural Healthy Diet Feeds the Microbiome
“Switching from a low-fat, plant polysaccharide-rich diet to a high-fat, high-sugar “Western” diet shifted the structure of the microbiota within a single day, changed the representation of metabolic pathways in the microbiome, and altered microbiome gene expression.”3
What Harms the Microbiome?
- Chlorinated water is destructive to all bacterial forms. Only drink purified water.
- Processed foods, especially cane sugar and corn syrup, upset the metabolism of healthy microbes.
- Over sanitization destroys necessary external microbes protecting the body from foreign invaders. Avoid harsh body washes and soaps.
- Antibiotics destroy good and bad bacteria, and it can take a long time to recover after their use.
- Common medications can interfere with the function of microbes.
- Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin and sucralose disrupt gut diversity.
- Hard liquor is destructive to the beneficial microorganisms in the body.
- Antacids and laxatives disrupt intestinal microbiome diversity.
- Excess stress diminishes the microbiome population.
- Pollution, harmful chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, petrochemicals, etc. all destroy beneficial microbes. Eat organically grown foods when available. Grow your own food to be the safest!
Errors in DNA replication have been linked to an unhealthy microbiome containing excessive harmful bacteria. DNA mutations increase rapidly when a healthy terrain becomes compromised through poor diet and nutritional deficiencies. Cancer is one of the many diseases stemming from DNA mutation.
“Mutation rates vary substantially among taxa, and even among different parts of the genome in a single organism. Scientists have reported mutation rates as low as 1 mistake per 100 million (10-8) to 1 billion (10-9) nucleotides, mostly in bacteria, and as high as 1 mistake per 100 (10-2) to 1,000 (10-3) nucleotides, the latter in a group of error-prone polymerase genes in humans (Johnsonet al., 2000).”4
Birthing Process and Microbiome of the Newborn Child
“In nine recent cohort studies, the microbial profiles of babies born by C-section have a lower abundance of the species Bacteroides than vaginally born babies. A very recent study published by Chu. D et al.,in Nature Medicine 2017, also shows this lower abundance of Bacteroides in their cladograms and heatmaps, but the researchers chose not to report this data in numbers. What does an altered microbiome mean for a child’s lifelong health? Causation is still to be proven, but many studies link C-section with a significantly increased risk for developing asthma, Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and obesity.”5
Breastfeeding and the Microbiome of the Baby
“With formula feeding, the baby won’t receive the 700 species of microbes found in breast milk. The baby also won’t receive the human milk oligosaccharides that provide the perfect food to feed the microbes newly arrived from the mother‘s vagina and gut (if vaginally born). Plus, formula milk is likely to contain other bacteria that are not supposed to be there, for these might interfere with the optimal training of the immune system, with consequences for a child’s lifelong health.”5
Six in ten adults in the US have a chronic disease. Four in ten adults in the US have two or more chronic diseases. The nation’s $3.3 trillion in annual health care costs are driven by these top diseases: heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and kidney disease. The key lifestyle risks for chronic disease are: tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use.6
How to Support the Microbiome
Besides taking probiotics, wearing a PowerStrip horizontally across the abdominal area aids in generating a strong microbiome. PowerStrip nutrients and quantum energy frequencies stimulate healthy digestion and elimination. In about six weeks the integrity of the gastrointestinal area starts balancing. Continue wearing PowerStrips long-term for supporting the microbiome and for amazing anti-aging properties.
TedX provides more great education in a video about the microbiome at this link.