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My younger son, B: "Without bacteria, would we be dead?"
B: "So, we're alive because of another living thing?"
B: "That's pretty crazy to think about."
Indeed it is. But it's absolutely true. Bacteria are vital to our existence. In fact, the first oxygen on Earth was produced by bacteria - cyanobacteria to be exact. Since then, bacteria have adapted and thrived and helped humans change and grow as a species. Bacteria influence not only our digestive function and nutrient extraction; they also affect how our brains function: "There are a variety of disorders related to microbial-induced BBB [blood-brain barrier] dysfunction, which may cause anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even schizophrenia" [source] On the other hand, beneficial microbes help digest and extract nutrients from our foods, create vitamins (including K and B's) and short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like butyrate (which protects colon cells), can help reduce or eliminate pathogenic microbes, and more! You can see why it's important to mind the microbiome - keeping our good microbes happy and healthy and keeping the trouble-making microbes to a minimum is crucial to healthy function.
Diversify the Diet to Diversify Gut Microbiota
Click for tips to increase diversity in the gut (and a free tracking chart!)
Is Your Gut Leaking Toxins into Your Bloodstream?
Click to find out what to do about this alarmingly common issue.
Can Gut Bacteria Influence Weight?
Click to read about how gut bacteria can influence weight gain and loss.
Can the spore bacteria in MegaSporeBiotic help heal leaky gut? PubMed: Oral spore-based probiotic supplementation was associated with reduced incidence of post-prandial dietary endotoxin, triglycerides, and disease risk biomarkers
Does kiwi extract (found in MegaPrebiotic) positively influence gut bacteria?
PubMed: Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) changes intestinal microbial profile
Are there proven benefits to the serum bovine immunoglobulin found in MegaMucosa?
PubMed: Bovine Immunoglobulin/Protein Isolate Binds Pro-Inflammatory Bacterial Compounds and Prevents Immune Activation in an Intestinal Co-Culture Model