5 Factors That Influence Your Microbiome
There are FIVE key factors that can thwart the balance of the microbiome and many of us encounter one or more of these stressors on a daily basis.
1) Stress – Research shows that stress can effect gastric secretions, gut motility, mucosal permeability, and barrier function, visceral sensitivity, and mucosal blood flow. These all seem like big, scary, medical words, but ultimately, what it comes down to is the fact that stress, even when acute, can hinder your gut's ability to function properly.
2) Exercise – In the middle of an obesity crisis, we are well aware that lack of exercise can have detrimental effects on your health and wellness. At a more fundamental level, though, a lack of exercise actually limits the diversity of bacteria you are exposed to, thus minimizing the number of species that exist in your microbiome. Having a more diverse profile of microbes helps the body improve the ability to resist different types of infection.
3) Diet – In relation to lack of exercise, a poorly balanced diet can impact the microbes that exist in your gut. A low-fiber and high-sugar diet offsets the balance because sugar feeds the bad bacteria, while fiber feeds the good. In imbalanced proportions, you can very easily distort the microbiome makeup and compromise your health.
4) Antibiotics – Antibiotics are an equal opportunity offender when it comes to attacking bacteria. When your immune system is compromised by an excess of bad bacteria, antibiotics are used to restore healthy levels, unfortunately, this restoration can only occur by way of eliminating good bacteria, too.
5) Birth Method – This stressor is much further out of our control than some of the other factors that play a role in our gut health, but research has shown that babies who are born via C-section present with reduced bacterial diversity, as well as lower levels of good bacteria.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have effects on the microbiome. While widely recognized for the role they play on gut health, probiotics offer many more benefits, including:
Support for nasal, sinus, and respiratory health
Increased nutrient absorption
Vaginal and urogenital health
Overall immune support
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