A Little About Your Gut
When we think of a biome, we typically picture a community of organisms that live in a large habitat. A desert, tundra, and tropical rainforest are all good examples of a biome. What most people don’t know, however, is that their own gut is an example of a biome—a microbiome. Over 1,000 species of organisms live in your gut. Together, they create a unique habitat. Bacteria cells actually outnumber our own cells ten to one. Though these microbiomes in our gut may not have soil, trees, or sunlight, our gut acts very similar to a biome we may see in nature. In nature, animals adapt to their environment and live off of the resources they have available. In our gut, bacteria live and work to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
The bacteria in our gut can have an overwhelming effect on our weight and metabolism. Some bacteria extract more energy from food, leading to weight gain, while other bacteria will extract less energy from your food, leading to weight loss. A majority of your immune system is based in your microbiome. The bacteria within your body play a key role in many other central functions of the body as well. This is why it is so important to ensure a healthy environment inside your gut.
How to Have a Healthy Gut:
When your gut microbiome is balanced, you stay healthy. Additionally, you are more likely to be in a good mood and have more energy. When your gut microbiome is out of balance, you become susceptible to all kinds of health issues. This includes weight gain, diabetes, brain fog, and cancer. To help, there are certain lifestyle habits you can use to maintain a healthy gut.
Like everything else, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your gut. Finding a healthy balance that matches the needs of your body is key. Your gut bacteria are extremely important for many aspects of health so it’s worth speaking with a specialist who can help you find what works best for you.