You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat!” I’m sure. But knowing that there are more microorganisms in your body than there are human cells, it may be more accurate to say you are what your microbes eat! Your microbiome is constantly changing depending on its environment. If you change your diet, your microbe “landscape” can rapidly change and adapt. This is good news for those wanting to become a healthy version of their current self.
Your microbes, trillions of them, are busy every hour of every day inside of you doing what they were designed to do. Some have a beneficial effect on your body while others…not so much!
Your gut microbiome is unique to you based on how you were born (vaginally or cesarean), your age, where you live, diet, and strongly influences your health in numerous ways. The fantastic part is that you can alter your bacterial profile with your diet and lifestyle, optimizing how your bacteria work for you. So for you control freaks out there you can command your gut microbiome to work for your benefit, but you have to live a healthy lifestyle and incorporate a nutrient dense diet.
It’s really a cascade of effects. The food/fuel you consume is the food/fuel supplied to your gut microbiome that in turn can affect the quality of food/fuel your cells receive (or don’t receive!). We have approximately 100 trillion cells in our bodies (give or take a few billion) and each one demands a constant supply of daily nutrients to function as intended. What you put in your mouth (food, supplements, liquids, etc.) affects every one of these cells.
I read some interesting research a while ago that goes along with this concept of you are what you eat. It basically stated that your body is constantly replacing itself. It mentioned a number of different body parts/organs but what I remember is that your skin replaces itself about every 28 days, your liver about every 5 months, and your bones about every 10 years. There were different lengths of time for different organs, but the main point is that your body is in a constant state of repair and replacement. This was exciting to me because I realized that if I gave my body healthier, more nutrient dense foods my body would build a new, healthier version of itself. How cool is that?
So the next time you eat a meal, ask yourself if you are creating a healthier you. Or are you telling your body to create a weakened, sicker body for you to live in?
If you are interested in finding out more do not hesitate to call my office for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD