Why We should Care about our Microbes?

Did you know that we have ten times as many microbial cells when compared human to cells in our bodies?

Our body is an ecosystem of micro-organisms (or microbes) such as bacteria, and not all of these bacteria are the bad kinds that cause diseases we so often hear about. There is a balance of beneficial and potential harmful bacteria in our bodies, particularly in our digestive system. These micro-organisms assist in developing our immune system, digesting food and may in fact influence your behaviour. These microbes also play an important role in protecting us from disease. More and more discoveries are being made describing the importance of these tiny micro-organisms in our overall health.

So what can we do to keep these micro-organisms in balance?

  • Eat a wide variety of foods, with a majority being plant based. The fibre found in plant based foods is known as a prebiotic. The fibre feeds the micro-organisms in your digestive system.
  • Avoid unnecessary taking of antibiotics. Antibiotics cannot differentiate between the beneficial and harmful bacteria in your body. Unnecessary use may impact the varieties and balance of micro-organisms in your body’s ecosystem. However, antibiotics are vital in alleviating some illnesses and disease and should be followed as prescribed by a Healthcare Professional.
  • Stress can affect the micro-organisms in your digestive system and may make your more susceptible to some disease and illness. Utilising stress management strategies or avoiding stressful situations is beneficial for your gut microbes.
  • Taking a probiotic supplement, when in poor health can help build up the levels of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system. Yakult is a great option for those looking for a food based probiotic. Other options may include taking probiotics tablets/capsules, eating fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir or kombucha.

Hopefully these tips help in keeping you and your microbes well!