Balancing Your Microbiome for Optimal Health and Wellness

Balancing Your Microbiome for Optimal Health and Wellness

April 03, 2024

The microbiome is a community or collection of microbes living inside and outside our bodies. These include bacteria, fungi, viruses, yeasts, and their genes. The microbiome contributes to our health and wellness in many ways. It influences many aspects of our digestive health. Along with the digestive system, microbes live on the skin, mouth, and reproductive organs. A critical function of a healthy microbiome is the “good” bacteria help keep the “bad” bacteria in check. Having a healthy and balanced microbiome is essential to good health.

A healthy gut microbiome can enhance immunity, decrease inflammation, and support regular bowel movements. Some research has found that probiotics can help restore and maintain the microbiome’s composition. Probiotics literally mean “for life” and may promote more beneficial bacteria. They are found in certain foods and supplements.

Signs that your microbiome may be compromised include autoimmune issues, skin conditions, sleep and digestive problems, and sugar cravings. Research suggests probiotics may offer several potential health benefits:

Digestive Health

Probiotics support a healthy balance of gut bacteria to reduce irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and diarrhea.

Immune Function

Gut flora balance is critical to a properly functioning immune system, as it may help support immune functions by promoting beneficial bacteria and reducing the growth of harmful pathogens. 70% of your immune system is in your gut.

Mental Health

Studies suggest a link between bacteria in the microbiome and depression, anxiety, and stress. Probiotics may have an impact on mood and mental well-being.

Other Benefits

Research supports the role of probiotics in improved skin health, oral health, weight management, and metabolic disorders. Also, when taking certain medications like antibiotics, which can affect the microbiome, probiotics can help restore beneficial bacteria.

Certain foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, fermented soy, kimchi, and kombucha contain probiotics. Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements.

Contact FitLife today to learn more about microbiome and gut testing and what probiotic supplements may help improve your health and wellness.

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