What is the Microbiome and why is it important to our health?
Our Microbiome largely impacts and determines our health.
The microbiome is the term given to what you may more commonly know as, “gut flora”.
It is made of 2 main classes of species, being Aerobes (that survive in oxygen) and Anaerobes (that die in the presence of Oxygen.
Ideally the ratio of these would be: Aerobes 1 to Anaerobes 1-10,000
Within these 2 classes we then have a further split to make up their numbers and this is where it can get messy. Whether it be aerobes or anaerobes, we need to have a balance of gram positive and gram negative bacteria.
Ideally, our gut should be predominantly gram negative and anaerobic. When this is not the case, as is the case when we follow a western diet, when we add stress, pharmaceutical and other drugs and western lifestyle into the mix… then it all goes to chaos.
STRESS … causes SIGNIFICANT DISRUPTION OF GUT ECOLOGY
PARACETAMOL … causes CHANGES to the ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY IN GUT IN <24 HOURS
METHOTREXATE … CHANGES GUT ECOLOGY
What creates the ideal microbiome?
We all should have e-coli and strep in our guts, but we need to have the balance right as we do with bacteroides, bifido bacterium and eubacteria.
E-coli for instance should hold a 90-95% stake, whereas the strep should only have a minor role. This is so often not the case.
Symptoms you may be experiencing could likely be due to these imbalances.
Where there is low e-coli, for example, we would expect to see symptoms such as:
- Low mood
- Food sensitivity
- Cognitive impairment
- GUT Symptoms
Why would that be the case?
Because E-coli produces some of these quite important metabolites or by-products:
- FOLIC ACID
The metabolites created from the Governing species determine the outcome of our health!
So, the guts of it is …. while there are still the good guys and the bads guys in the gut. Your health outcomes will be determined by who (which ones) have the numbers ..