Support your inner ecosystem with a holistic approach to health

Your body hosts its very own network of trillions of microbes. This is your microbiome, a unique ecosystem that supports your health. Let’s learn how to nourish it.

An ecosystem is a community of organisms that interact with each other and their physical environments. Think forests packed with flora, plants and animals, and marine ecosystems abundant with salts and sea life.

Did you know your body has its very own ecosystem? It’s called your microbiome, and while it’s too small to see, it’s been with you since the beginning, having an influence on your health.

A healthy microbiome contains large numbers and many different types of these microorganisms. It’s almost like the diversity seen in a vibrant rainforest ecosystem.

WHAT IS THE MICROBIOME?

The microbiome is the entire ecosystem of microorganisms, like bacteria, viruses and yeast, that live on and inside our bodies.

It’s your body’s own ecosystem, as unique as you are and ever changing with your diet, environment and your season of life.

A healthy microbiome contains large numbers and many different types of these microorganisms. It’s almost like the diversity seen in a vibrant rainforest ecosystem.

Plants have adapted themselves to certain habitats. That’s why mangroves love salty water, while moss prefers damp, shady conditions. Your microbes have also adapted themselves to certain parts of your body. For example, the densest community of microbes is found in the warm, damp environment of your large intestine where there are plenty of nutrients.

Some microbes in your mouth have learnt how to stick to your teeth. Others have learnt how to survive in the tough, acidic conditions of your stomach. They’re all important, much like the brown algae and corals of a marine ecosystem.

BACTERIAL DIVERSITY

In your gut, Bacteroidetes help to break down complex molecules into simpler ones, such as carbohydrates in the intestine; while Firmicutes help to metabolise carbohydrates; and other microbes help to maintain a healthy gut environment. Their combined efforts, along with many other microorganisms, enable your gut microbiome to play a role in your immune and digestive system health.

 

HOLISTIC LIVING AND YOUR MICROBIOME

A holistic approach to everyday life has many benefits for your general wellbeing, including effects for your microbiome.

For many people in Western societies, life is filled with lots of stress, processed foods and pollution, which can result in a less diverse microbiome. Indeed, your level of bacterial diversity is closely related to your lifestyle.

A holistic lifestyle emphasises the importance of regular exercise, a healthy diet of fresh, high-fibre, healthy foods, good sleep and spiritual nourishment. This type of lifestyle contributes to your general health, including supporting a healthy, diverse microbiome.

PREMEDY™

At Premedy™, we consider complementary medicine based on scientific and traditional research, lifestyle factors and how we interact with our environments.

We’re passionate about the microbiome and committed to supporting yours. We know that taking a holistic approach to good health can help us nurture our bodies and we recognise that it supports a healthy and diverse microbiome.

 

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