There are about 3.3 million Microbes living in your body! When you hear the term “microbiome”, you probably think about your gut, but a large portion of those microbes live on your skin. Before you let that number scare you or start wondering what microbes actually are, we are here to help. The term Microbes usually entails the beneficial bacteria, yeasts, viruses and parasites living on our skin and in our gut. Together, they build up the Microbiome system of our body.
What do they do? Microbes help with food digestion, build our immune system, protect us from diseases, detoxifies the body and produces vitamins.
It is essential to maintain the balance between the good and the bad Microbes. Bad bacteria causes inflammation, obesity, affects mental health and leads to chronic diseases. One must work on developing habits that keep the good bacteria flourishing and derive the vital benefits of maintaining a healthy Microbiome function.
The skin and gut microbiomes interact with each other, so what you do in order to benefit one will ultimately benefit the other. These tips will help to improve your skin and gut micriobiomes. Here are 6 easy ways to show your Microbiome some love:
1. Stock up on fruits, vegetables and greens
Eating a healthy diet is the most beneficial thing to do. Fiber in fruits and vegetables make their way to the intestines for gut bacteria to devour. This means that you are directly feeding the little creatures exactly what they need to eat and grow upon. The good bacteria breaks down, chews and extracts nutrients from the fibers in the fruits, vegetables and plants you are eating. In doing this you will effectively arm your body against chronic diseases.
2. Get on Probiotics, avoid anti-biotics
Anti-biotics are bad for your gut. They cause major imbalance to your Microbiome system, increasing the count of bad bacteria. It is important to take Probiotics along with Anti-biotics in order to maintain the healthy balance of your Microbiome system. Even if you are not on anti-biotics, take Probiotics anyway. This will keep your gut full of favorable bacteria and boost the immune system, keeping diseases away. Taking Probiotics which contain 20-50 million live bacteria once or twice a day should be sufficient.
3. Eat fermented food
Stock up on fermented foods, preferably organic. Foods like Kim chi, pickled vegetables, oats, beans, onions, garlic, artichokes is a list of everything you need. These foods are essential Probiotics and directly feed the good bacteria in your system.
4. Expose yourself to the outdoors
We spend way too much time indoors in our modern day lifestyle. The best way to get a healthy dose of microbes is to open your windows in your homes, your office, and your car and simply breathe in the fresh air that flows through. Apart from that, start gardening. Exposure to soil is what you need to maintain the right balance in your Microbiome system.
5. Avoid bad food
By bad food we mean processed food, sugar, wheat and refined carbs. These foods actually kill the good bacteria in your system, introduce irritants and cause inflammation. You don’t have to avoid “bad foods” all together, but lean toward a healthier diet in order to take care of your Microbiome system.
6. Ditch the sanitizer/Anti-bacterial soap
By using sanitizers and anti-bacterial soap we limit our exposure to a range of good bacteria that is essential to boost our immunity. Staying indoors all the time along with the continuous use of sanitizer may actually be making us less resistant to diseases. Our advice? Ditch them. Your regular soap and warm water will do.
Follow these easy steps and get your Microbiome healthy!