Gut microbiome research is a fascinating area of nutritional science and has even been called the "future of medicine".
The bacteria that live on our skin and in our digestive system outnumber our cells by 10 to 1, so it makes sense that the health of our microbiome is so essential for our overall wellbeing.
This is an excellent presentation introducing the many reasons why this research is extremely important and how we can support the health of our microbiome.
There are many steps we can take to maintain the health of our microbiome, including:
1. Eat unpasteurized fermented foods on a regular basis. I try to include a serving of fermented vegetables in either my lunch or dinner or sometimes both! Examples of unpasteurized fermented foods are: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, water kefir, and home-made coconut yogurt. *Avoid fermented foods if you have histamine intolerance. Please email me if you would like to learn more.
2. Use a water filter for your drinking water and shower. Chlorine kills bacteria so consuming too much chlorinated water could negatively alter our microbiome. I use the Santevia water pitcher and shower filter.
3. Eat organic and Non-GMO to avoid pesticide residue.
4. Eat plant-based whole-foods. Many types of fibre contained in these foods are prebiotics that help build and maintain proper microbiome balance.
5. Limit your consumption of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates since these are the preferred food for non-beneficial yeasts and bacteria - the kind we don't want.
6. Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. If you must use antibiotics, be sure to follow up after with a high quality probiotic supplement to help rebuild the population of good bacteria in the intestines.
7. Live dirty! Spend time in nature, play in the soil, and garden. Try not to over-sanitize your indoor environment with antibacterial sprays and cleansers. Of course this is best if done from an early age in order to strengthen and train the immune system, but if you are healthy and do not have a compromised immune system then it is never to late to start. Training of the immune system from a young age is an important factor for the prevention of autoimmune conditions, where the immune system confuses our own cells with something that needs to be attacked.
I hope you enjoy the video!
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Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.