What is the Gut Microbiome?
Your Gut Microbiome your unique combination of 100s of trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms, both ‘good’ and sometimes harmful, that form an ecosystem within your digestive system. You actually have more bacterial cells than human cells throughout your body. These bacteria interact constantly with your body and what you feed it to process food, fight disease, and moderate your overall health.
We all have a vastly different and unique microbiome, which goes a long way to helping us understand why each of us reacts differently do different foods and why we have different immune responses.
The Key to Good Health
In many studies we are learning that the microbiome affects many aspects of your health including:
- Healthy weight management
- Immune System Strength
- Reduced Inflammation
- Unlocking nutrients
- Mood & Stress
- Energy Levels
- Cognitive (Brain) Health
What makes up a ‘healthy’ or balanced Microbiome?
A healthy microbiome has rich amount of both quantity and diversity of different strains of bacteria and other microorganisms. This allows regular function of your digestive system, and for nutrients to be absorbed into your body through your gut lining, and for the production of hormones and nutrients like short chain fatty acids or butyrate that are essential to life. An ‘unhealthy’ or unbalanced microbiome can lead to more pathogens getting into your body, or ‘disbiosis’ potentially causing health and wellness issues.
What can I do to improve my Gut Microbiome Health?
There are many things you can do! It starts with having a healthy diet, rich in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans and whole grains, and avoiding artificial ingredients where possible, as well as foods that cause you particular issues. At the Six Pack revolution all of these are incorporated into our diet plans. You can also look for specific types of nutrients both in your foods and also in higher quantities in dietary supplements:
The microorganisms in your gut microbiome feed on a special type of fiber called ‘Prebiotics’, which we cannot digest but bacteria in your gut use as food. It helps them to multiply and perform their normal functions like processing nutrients or delivering energy to the body. Prebiotics are typically found in things like chicory root, garlic, onions, asparagus, Bran and Oats, but it can be hard to get the 5g+ that are recommended.*
These are the ‘good bacteria’ which are present in yogurts, fermented foods like Saurkraut and Kombucha, but can also be added to your diet through dietary supplements. Look for multiple strains of probiotics and ideally >4Billion cultures.
Some fibers do not have a ‘prebiotic’ affect but help in moving food and waste through your digestive system and keeping you regular. A healthy diet rich in whole grains and vegetables such as the Six Pack Revolution plan is ideal, but in some cases, you may need a little extra ‘help’ and a fiber supplement can make a big difference. According to anthropologist and “Rewild” author Jeff Leach, fiber “is the single most important ingredient for improving diversity of the microbiome”.
Polyphenol Rich Foods
Polyphenols are naturally-occurring compounds in fruits, vegetables, herbs, teas, and dark chocolate. They may increase healthy gut bacteria and support healthy cognition
Other Ways to Improve
Other ways to improve your gut microbiome health are lifestyle changes such as reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption, not smoking, getting plenty of exercise and movement, as well as spending time outdoors… all of which reduce stress which can be a major contributor to microbiome issues.
Inulin (Chicory Root Fibre), Citrus Pectin, Capsule Shell (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose), Bulking Agents (Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate), Anti-Caking Agents (Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide), Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Bacillus Coagulans (Soy), Lactobacillus Acidophillus.