You may not realise it, but we are not the only ones that inhabit our bodies. Every single one of us, heck, every single living thing, shares its body space with a whole community of symbiotic and beneficial microorganisms. In fact, the human body contains over 10 times more microbial cells than it does human cells – and if you take care of them, they will take care of you.
For some it can be a pretty daunting thought, that our body is inhabited by innumerable amounts of microscopic life forms, but it is true. They play an enormous role within our health, and effect almost every part of human functioning. There are so many of them, that they are thought to account for around 200 grams of our weight! Don’t freak out though, these are not parasites, in fact, life would be much worse off without them. For this reason more than any, it is important to take care of them – and the modern way of living is failing to do so.
1. They Are the First to Defend You
Every day we ingest foreign bodies, such as yeast, harmful microbes and other unwanted bacteria. If left unchecked, they would have free reign to enter our bodies and start an invasion that our immune systems may struggle to keep up with. Fortunately, the friendly bacteria in your gut defends you, and they actively fight and consume the great majority of these invaders before they can even enter the body proper – saving your white blood cells a lot of work.
2. They Aid Healthy Digestion
If you watch TV, you have probably seen adverts trying to sell probiotics to aid in healthy digestion. What they are basically selling you is food that is not only good for you, but also for your microbiome. The great majority of your microbiome lives within the gut, and they play a significant part in the breakdown and digestion of food. When the microbiome in your gut is underfed, it becomes inefficient at digesting food and extracting nutrients, adversely affecting your health as a whole.
3. They Help Remove Toxins
Research has shown that your microbiome binds things like heavy metals and chemicals before they can enter your body, saving from a lot of health problems down the line.
So how do you keep your microbiome healthy? Well to simply put it, eat healthy. Fresh, raw fruit and vegetables, a healthy amount of dairy and a healthy amount of meat can go a long way to maintain your gut. The less processed a food is, the more likely it will benefit you.
A great way to maintain the health of you microbiome is to drink one or two Uzuma juices a day. Although we may be beating our own drum a bit, the fresh and nutritionally dense quality of our juices has everything you need to boost and maintain a healthy colony of friendly organisms.
Also, don’t be afraid of bacteria. An over sterilised lifestyle will make it harder to maintain a healthy population. Things like blue cheese and unpasteurised milk are not necessarily bad for you in small amounts, and the bacteria it contains can help.
Another way to ensure you maintain a healthy microbiome is to only take medicines like prescription antibiotics when you actually need them. As the name suggests, antibiotic kill microorganisms, and they do not discriminate between the good and the bad. Not only will over using medication kill off a part of your healthy microbiome, it will also make it much harder for them to defend you from infection later down the line. This isn’t to say you should avoid antibiotics, they can save lives, just make sure you are not taking them needlessly.
Trust us when we say maintaining a healthy microbiome is well within your best interest. It can improve your life across the board in a very general way, improving energy, sleep and general health. There is a whole other world in there, so make sure you look after it!