The following video is a great survey of the importance of the microbiome (bacteria in our gut).
There is a symbiotic relationship between the microbiome and us. To give an idea of how significant this relationship is, the microbiome has over 150 times the amount of DNA than we carry in the cells of our bodies. Its condition can affect our mood, our weight and numerous health conditions. For example:
- Over 90% of serotonin is made in the gut. This hormone contributes to our mood and the lack of in some people causes anxiety.
- Fifty percent of our immune system resides in the cells of our gut.
- Of the trillions of bacteria, 90% are made up of 2 types that have a major effect on weight management. Some studies found that lean people have a broad diversity of gut bacteria, while obese people had a narrow diversity of gut bacteria.
- Eczema can be linked to health conditions of the gut.
Note in the video how vaginal versus c-section delivery influences the characteristics of the child's microbiome!
Some further details can be found on the GI Health page of our Lifestyle Works Clinic web-page