Within our bodies can be found an expansive ecology of bacteria that play important roles in the health and maintenance of our bodies and immune system. These bacteria, known as microflora, make up a system known as the microbiome. They can be found in every part of our body, from our skin to our inner organs. Research has revealed that they can be responsible for our appetite, our mood, our ability to lose or gain weight, even our ability to fend off illness. Maintaining the health and robustness of this system can have an important impact on our lifelong health.
How To Maintain Your Own Microbiome
While supplements are available in many forms to help us boost our microbiome, you can do it with a little effort and choosing the right foods. Our microbiomes have existed as long as our species has been around and are likely present in every organism of sufficient complexity. While we don’t know when it first developed, what we do know is that our microbiomes can be affected by a startling number of things starting from and possibly preceding birth. Thankfully, it has also been shown to be possible to improve our microbiome and experience the benefits of a flourishing internal garden of bacteria.
Fiber Is Essential
Fiber has been shown to have a positive effect on the health of this inner system. Those who regularly consume more than 40g of fiber every day have been shown to have an easier time keeping weight off and improved resistance to cancers and heart disease.
Fruits And Vegetables In Abundance
Eating any kind of fruit or vegetable has been shown to have a boosting effect on the health of our microbiomes. Ongoing research strongly suggests that the more varieties of fruit and vegetable you consume, the more beneficial it is to your internal biome.
Eat Regularly Without Snacking
It turns out that the more often we eat, the more work we’re asking our microflora to do throughout the day. This can lead to an unhealthy or unbalanced microbiome, so researchers suggest keeping your snacking down to a minimum and focusing on meals that are satisfying and leave you feeling content.
Fermented Foods Are King
Do you love Kimche? Yogurt? Sauerkraut? Good news! These foods play a critical role in support of your microbiome, especially if they contain live microbes at the time you eat them. The fermentation process is key to the health of our inner biome, so eat all of these you like. The greater the variety, the better!
These are just a few possible ways you can help promote and grow your own internal microbiome. If you’re seeking more in-depth help with maintaining full-body health through alternative health practices, reach out to Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands in The Woodlands, TX today! We’ll set you up to see Dr. Stephen Clouthier or one of our team of health experts that will help you take control of your health through guidance, education, and effective medical practices.