Some very interesting studies in health science talk about the bacteria that live in our digestive system, scientifically known as the ‘gut microbiome’. The main function of these tiny organisms is to absorb the nutrients in the food we eat, by breaking it down.
Interesting discovery about the gut microbiome
Recent researches have shown that the bacteria in our digestive tract impact our entire lifestyle! It influences our metabolism, fat-loss and inflammation levels, but also our ability to get into anxiety and depression as well as our sleep patterns and relationships!
Thus, the bacteria in our gut actually hold the key to a healthy lifestyle. However, it also has the capacity to work against our health. Our food habits and lifestyle affect the makeup of this ‘gut microbiome’. These new studies, exploring the connection between the gut bacteria and human lifestyle, leave only one clear conclusion, that ‘if we change our gut, we can change our life’.
How do the bacteria in our intestines affect us?
There exists a diversity of the bacteria in our gut, which is impacted by our diet. For example, people with a higher consumption of probiotics like yogurt or buttermilk, have a greater diversity of gut bacteria. There are more than 100 trillion cells of gut bacteria in our body and not all are same.
- The ‘good’ gut bacteria improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, manufacture the vitamins in our body and even keep our emotions under check.
- While the ‘bad’ gut bacteria might create problems in digestion, and lead to mental disorders, skin conditions, and all kinds of imbalances.
So, the greater the diversity in the gut bacteria, the better our lives! This can be done by ‘balancing the bacteria’, limiting the bad and increasing the good gut bacteria.
How do we live a healthier life aided by the gut bacteria?
The balance of the bacteria content can be done by making a choice to living a healthy life by understanding what lifestyle choices and environmental factors that affect us. Biological factors, like genes and being breastfed as babies, also have a key influence.
Issues in digestion, mental issues, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, stress, excessive antibiotics, skin problems, autoimmune diseases etc. are the symptoms of an imbalanced digestive system.
Living a healthy life is thus a choice, choice to eat right and live mindfully. Avoiding toxins, eating fermented food diet, intake of supplementary probiotics and stress management are some of the ways of doing it.