Let’s Talk About Your Microbiome and Gut Health

This month we’re taking a closer look at gut health (your microbiome) and what having a healthy gut can do for you!

What is gut health?

Your microbiome can lead to positive gut health. Gut health describes the function and the balance of bacteria in the many parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Ideally, our organs, specifically the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, all work together to eat and digest food without any pain or complications.

All the food we eat is broken down in the gut into a simple form that can enter our bloodstream and deliver nutrients throughout our bodies. Yet, this whole process is only possible with a healthy digestive system. A healthy gut contains bacteria and immune cells that fight off infection agents like bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A healthy gut also communicates with the brain and helps maintain our general health and well-being!

Gut health and your microbiome go hand in hand.

What is the microbiome?

The microbiome consists of all wanted and unwanted microbes that live in and on our bodies. These microbes live in our gut, skin, eyes, reproductive organs, and other areas. They are truly part of our existence! Some examples of microbes are:

  • Fungi
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa

The most useful microbes are good bacteria. They assist with digestion, protection against harmful bacteria, immune system function, and vitamin production in our bodies.

The microbiome depends on our diet and environment. So, not only does what we put in our bodies can affect our microbiome, but external factors such as stress or products we use can too.

Altered or unhealthy microbiomes can cause major issues with gut health and digestion; however, they can extend beyond the gut as well. Unhealthy microbiomes have been linked to:

  • Depression and other mental disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease

How can I make my microbiome healthy?

Keeping a healthy microbiome is important to not only your gut health but your overall health and well-being. There are several steps to take to have a healthy microbiome:

  • Avoid everyday toxic chemicals as much as possible.
  • Eat foods rich in fiber, especially fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi.
  • Take probiotics and other supplements to encourage a healthy microbiome.

Supplements to take to encourage a healthy microbiome:

Taking daily supplements can encourage a healthy microbiome and better your gut health. Two of the whole-food-based supplements we recommend to support a healthy microbiome are:

  1. Zymex® promotes a healthy intestinal environment in the intestinal tract. It also encourages a healthy intestinal environment to support a healthy gastrointestinal mircrobiome.
  2. ProSynbiotic is a synergistic blend of four research-supported probiotic strains and two prebiotic fibers to support gut flora and overall intestinal health. It is useful in maintaining a healthy gut environment.

In Conclusion:

Taking care of your gut health and microbiome means taking care of your overall health and well-being. It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself to prevent any digestive problems by eating a good diet, avoiding everyday toxic chemicals, and taking supplements. We hope these tips help you take care of your overall gut health!

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