Each of us is home to a multitude of micro-organisms that assist with our most basic bodily functions in exchange for a place to live. Known as microbiomes, these flourishing bacterial eco-systems are largely found in our digestive system. There are many ways that you can help protect your microbiome. To start, follow these helpful tips.
Your microbiome helps to break down food, filtering out the bad stuff from the good; create essential vitamins and brain chemicals; and protect us from diseases by fending off invasive microbes. The more your nurture your microbiome, the better it can help you in keeping your mind and body healthy.
Eliminate Sweet and Starchy Foods
Sweet and starchy foods are a favorite of the harmful bacteria that dwells within you. Ingesting too many can cause bad bacteria to overgrow and overtake the good. This upset to the balance and diversity of your microbiome leads to negative effects of its core functions.
Avoid Processed Foods
Junk foods have been altered and modified so much that your helpful digestive bacteria doesn’t even know how to properly break them down. Avoid anything with trans fats, preservatives, or artificial ingredients and sweeteners.
There is simply not enough research to know how genetically modified organisms can impact our bodies in the long-run. So, whenever possible, avoid GMOs.
Go Gluten Free
Gluten, the compound protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains, is irritating to the gut for many. A gluten intolerance can cause the immune system to respond by inflaming the gut. To avoid this, try eliminating gluten from your diet whenever you can.
Many antibiotics are prescribed for illnesses that they actually have no effect on, like a virus. Instead, these antibiotics will indiscriminately wipe out any bacteria they come across-- both good and bad. Furthermore, unnecessary antibiotic use leads to super resistant, disease carrying bacteria.
Conventionally farmed meat, poultry, and dairy products all contain added antibiotics and hormones. In addition, the animals were most likely raised on GMO ridden feed. Organic regulations prohibit the use of antibiotics and are therefore better for protecting your microbiome.
Eat More Fermented Foods
Fermented foods naturally contain the good bacteria the keep your microbiome healthy. So incorporate more foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, tempeh, or fermented veggies into your diet.
Take a Probiotic
A high quality, high potency Probiotic supplement contains good bacteria that work to replenish your microbiome. A daily probiotic can improve your intestinal health, support immune function, increase absorption of vitamins and minerals...and a whole lot more.It is particularly important to take a daily probiotic if you are taking antibiotics.
Add Prebiotics to Your Diet
If probiotics are new seeds in a farmer’s field, the terrain preparing prebiotic weeds, waters and fertilizes the soil beforehand. They can be found in (to name a few) tomatoes, garlic, leeks, onions, and asparagus. Remember: don’t skip the stalks; the bottom of asparagus, broccoli and celery are all a prebiotic rich source. You can also find them as part of HCP®Support.
Drink Filtered Tap Water
The chlorine in tap water can be harmful to your microbiome over time. To be safe and protect your microbiome, use a water filter.
Get plenty of sleep, meditate, and exercise regularly. These healthy and effective ways to decompress and reduce stress are essential for supporting a healthy microbiome.
When it comes to protecting your microbiome, remember the old adage, “You are what you eat”. By only putting good things in your body, you’ll get good bacteria back.