Updated: Dec 27, 2021
Does our microbiome determine our cravings, health, and lifespan?
Our gut is inhabited by trillions of microbes including bacterias, fungi, viruses, nematodes, and protists. This collective community is like an ecosystem in your body, it works to digest your food, absorb nutrients and ferments food into chemicals and molecules. Research Indicates that microbiota triggers food cravings and can manipulate our behaviours, alter our moods and changes our taste receptors by hijacking the vagus nerve, (the neural axis between the gut and the brain). The microbiome is out of balance when you have frequent sugar, salt or high fat food cravings such as fast foods, junk foods and fried foods, (eating these will only feed the bad microbes that create inflammation and disease).
Is your gut unhealthy, and what do you do to fix it?
There is Documented Clinical Evidence in a variety of scientific studies that show how certain strains of microbes impact our health, and why we should care about protecting and feeding the right ones. When it's time to change your eating habits due to uncomfortable inflammatory conditions and mood swings you will certainly know it. The way you treat your gut has a lot to do with how you look, feel and act. Foods can either be fighting disease or fueling disease, you must choose foods to consume wisely. Taking antibiotics also destroy the gut bacteria, (it is like a nate bomb blew up inside your intestines!) which kill off your good microbes. If you have ever had antibiotics ....now is the time to rebuild your microbiota.
Signs and Symptoms of an unhealthy microbiome would be:
Digestive issues, (bloating, gas, diarrhoea).
Autoimmune disease and suppressed immunity.
Skin rashes, or eczema.
Anxiety, depression, moodiness.
Sugar, salt, or high fat cravings.
Persisting weight gain, or obesity.
Inflammatory bowel disease, (IBD).
Liver diseases, (ALD) and (AFLD).
The first step to heal an unhealthy gut is to put your foot down and take charge of what you put into your mouth. The processed foods are very concerning when it comes to your gut health, you must cut them all out and starve the bad bugs to give the good microbiota a chance to repopulate and take over, which will then optimize your digestion and naturally suppress your cravings after time. Nourish your good microbes with whole foods in their natural state because the microbiome needs the right foods in order to complete biological tasks.
There is hope for you even if you have issues related to the imbalance of microbiota, but you must be strong and take charge of your life with the steps below.
Take the Gut Intelligence Test, (Gut health, Food Recommendations, and Guidance).
Quit processed foods, vegetable oils, fast foods, and refined sugar products.
Consume whole foods at every meal and for snacks.
Take probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes.
Eat slowly, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and control your stress.
Find out what your own gut Microbes favorite foods are and their worst foods, along with personalized food recommendations and guidance with Viome's Gut Intelligence Test.
Test your Microbiome with Viome and get a Personalized Eating Plan Specifically for Your Good Microbes.
The content on this site is solely the views, and research of the writer, and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.