The Microbiome: Linking Gut and Brain Health
AThe microbiome is a community of microorganisms composed of
bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live in the mucosal surfaces of the
body (such as the intestinal tract). Recently the explosion of scientific data
has linked the human microbiome with immunity, inflammation, autoimmunity, and
ultimately the potential of the brain to heal and recover. In 2008 the National
Institute of Health’s Microbiome Project highlighted the importance of the
microbial environment in the gastrointestinal tract.
The new science shows how the brain affects the microbiome
and how the microbiome affects the brain. The microbiome is populated by 100
TRILLION CELLs, more microbes than there are stars in the sky!
The microbiome is influenced by what we eat, drink,
digestive capacity, stress, and antibiotic use. Your microbiome is responsible
for digestion, nutrient absorption, blood sugar balance, detoxification and
even the overall function of your immune response. The microbiome produces
substances that are fuel for cells lining the gut, neurotransmitters, amino
acids, and vitamins.
Individual studies implicate gut dysfunction with the
beginning of disease pathology of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,
ALS, Traumatic brain injury and Multiple sclerosis.
Diversity of the microbial population is the most important
feature of a healthy gut, immune system, and ultimately a healthy brain.
A HEALTY GUT = A HEALTY BRAIN