Doctor of Chiropractic, Michele Oman, is passionate about human movement and motor skills, music, literature, DIY and nutrition. In this blog he introduces the microbiome and gut health.
As a chiropractor, when I’m with my clients I often stress the importance of having a good diet. What is the reason behind this? Well, we all know, more or less, which food is good for us and which is not, but are we all aware of the importance of having healthy microbes in our gut? In the next few weeks I’m going to give some more information about this!
I remember how shocked I was when I heard for the first time that only 10% of the cells in our body are human cells! What about the rest of us, then? It’s what they call “Microbiome”, consisting in microbes and microorganisms that inhabit our bodies and the genes that they carry. I’m going to concentrate on the gut microbiota, although our skin, mouth, genitalia have their own. The main functions of the microbiota are related to our immune system (understanding what is friend or enemy between whatever comes in contact with us) and to the breakdown and absorption of nutrients! Plus, research has uncovered an intricate web connecting our gut flora to virtually every process in our body.
This intricate selections of organisms has been going on over millions of years and their balance in between beneficial ones, neutral ones and bad ones must be maintained to achieve optimal health. The challenge is when this relationship is not respected and balance is lost. This loss of balance allows non-commensal, opportunistic, or pathogenic bacteria to take over, resulting in any number of health challenges like immune/autoimmune health, psychological well-being, and some of the deepest chronic health issues of our times. In fact, research surrounding one such connection, coined the gut-brain axis, has the potential to revolutionize the way psychologists worldwide support mental and emotional well-being.
Researchers have also shown that those who are obese and those who are lean have consistent differences in the balance of certain microbes.
Techniques and methods on how to manipulate one’s microbiome have begun to flood medical literature and good bacteria have been described as “the new antibiotics”! It’s time to spread the message and make people aware!