Inner Beauty and Embracing Full Body Microbiome

Embracing the full-body microbiome.

Microbiomes also differ from person to person. “When you look at the overall active microbiomes between two healthy people, even if they are living in the same city, you see a tremendous amount of disagreement in their microbiome,” said Rob Knight, professor of paediatrics, computer science and engineering at the University of California San Diego and an expert on the human microbiome.

If you’re anything like me, you probably spend more money on skin care than anything else. Except food.. maybe.. haven’t really done the calculations. Anyways, that’s besides the point. Im here to tell you that your diet is a way of adding to that special skin care routine. Because what we eat we eventually become..literally speaking. The Microbiome will tell yo all about it…

Beauty from the inside out has never been more prominent as it is today. With all research been made in the last few years, it has brought awareness on the importance of our microbiome. It’s moved beyond just awareness of our gut and moved into the complexities and synergy between the microbiomes of our gut, skin, mouth, and even hair.

We’re seeing supplements pop up on the market as well as skincare and even toothpaste directed at keeping your biome balanced and happy. 

What is the Microbiome?

Microbiome is a term that describes the genome of all the microorganisms, symbiotic and pathogenic, living in and on all vertebrates. The gut microbiome is comprised of the collective genome of microbes inhabiting the gut including bacteria, archaea, viruses, and fungi.

Just a quick fix?

People are no longer looking for a quick fix. No more late runs to your nearest grocery store for a quick bottle of “supples”. Supplements will be given an upgrade, giving you a lasting more quality based product as opposed to cheap brands.

Many lower-end supplements are full of fillers, synthetic, and less powerful vitamin sources and can end up hurting more than they are helping.

We look forward to more thoughtful, well-formulated, research-backed, and personalized supplement regimes to emerge on the scene.

Facts

  • Research being done over recent years has shown that the gut microbiome has been linked to a plethora of diseases, conditions like mood swings and diabetes to autism and anxiety to obesity.
  • The gut microbes might influence matters in several ways, through appetite, production of gases, efficiency of using food, and impact on the immune system and inflammation.

  • When it comes to affecting mood, there are also several mechanisms. One is via the vagus nerve, a two-way highway that runs from our brain to various organs in the body, including the gut.

It's In The Science

 In some experiments, particular strains of bacteria have been linked to particular effects or conditions, while others have shown that the diversity of the microbiome, or relative abundances of species, is important.

“It is a bit like a rainforest: you might have a very nice fern that is very happy but if that is the only thing in your rainforest and you don’t have a diversity it is not going to be good [for the] soil,” said Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and author of The Diet Myth. When it comes to the microbiome, “it’s having the right community of bacteria that are working together and together producing the right chemicals for your body.”

ResearchTrusted Source suggests that people who consume lots of protein, particularly animal protein, have higher risks of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic condition that may reflect poor gut health.

The Microbiome Diet

Having a diverse range of “good” gut flora benefits a person’s health.

Benefits:

  •  With Balance it contribute to human health.
  • Microbes in the gut help regulate a person’s metabolism and mood.
  • The microbiome creates short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which decreases inflammation, boost brain function, and help the immune system.

Phase 1: Foods to Avoid

  • gluten
  • dairy products, except butter and ghee
  • grains
  • eggs
  • packaged foods
  • soy
  • fruit juice
  • potatoes and corn
  • peanuts
  • legumes except chickpeas and lentils
  • high mercury fish
  • deli meat
  • artificial sweeteners
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • fillers and colors
  • trans or hydrogenated fats
  • fried foods
Benefits:

 

  • Removes disruptive food, bacteria, pathogens, and toxins
  • Repairs the gut lining
  • Replaces stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes
  • Reinoculating with beneficial bacteria strains

Phase 1: Foods to Eat

Focus on plant-based foods that increase microbiome diversity, such as:

Benefits:
  • prebiotic foods: Green vegetables and  artichoke, garlic, onions, herbs, leeks
  • probiotic foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi
  • fruits: apples, berries, cherries, grapefruits, kiwi, nectarine, orange, and rhubarb
  • healthful fats from algae, avocado, seeds and nuts
  • oils: such as coconut oil, flaxseed, sunflower, and olive oil

Phase 2

After phase 1, you can introduce a wider range of foods over the next 4 weeks.

  • Melons, Mangos, peaches, grapefruit and pears and other fruits you like
  • gluten-free grains, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, gluten-free oats, quinoa, brown, basmati, and wild rice
  • beans,, green, black, red, white, and kidney beans, soybeans
  • sweet potatoes, yams and regular potatos

No studies have proven explicitly that the microbiome diet works to improve a person’s microbiome or that it can treat health conditions.

However, the idea that diet can benefit the microbiome and that this, in turn, can benefit human health, does have evidence to support it.

If someone is experiencing digestive issues, such as nausea, reflux, bloating, and diarrhea, it is important to consult a doctor for advice before starting a new diet. These symptoms can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that may need immediate attention.

Remember everything with balance and moderation.

The Conclusion

“Improving and diversifying your biome takes time and work,” says Heather D. Rogers, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon in Seattle. Dr. Rogers suggests introducing healthy bacterias into your body through fermented foods, like yogurt and kimchi, but as we said, it remains to be seen how doing so might impact your skin.

Quick tip:

For 1 week Plan your meals ahead and make sure to have pre and probiotics in them. Test it out and see whether it makes you feel better. Your Skin will also thank you.

 

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