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You are more 'other' than you are human!

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You are more 'other' than you are human!
I was able to catch several episodes of a series called ‘Interconnected’. It was mostly about our gut microbiome and its relationship to a wide variety of physical conditions, mental health, and emotional well-being.

The series interviewed scientists who are researching the microbiome and people with almost miraculous stories of healing a wide variety of conditions once the microbiome health was increased.
The variety of conditions, including autism, that can be reduced or alleviated when gut health is improved is mind-boggling.
Today, we’ll look at a variety of things that support gut health.

Next week, we’ll zone in on one particular form of support. One that I wrote about way back in 2015!

Maybe I was ahead of my time!

We inherit every one of our genes, but we leave the womb without a single microbe. As we pass through our mother's birth canal, we begin to attract entire colonies of bacteria. By the time a child can crawl, he has been blanketed by an enormous, unseen cloud of microorganisms--a hundred trillion or more. They are bacteria, mostly, but also viruses and fungi (including a variety of yeasts), and they come at us from all directions: other people, food, furniture, clothing, cars, buildings, trees, pets, even the air we breathe. They congregate in our digestive systems and our mouths, fill the space between our teeth, cover our skin, and line our throats. We are inhabited by as many as ten thousand bacterial species; those cells outnumber those which we consider our own by ten to one, and weigh, all told, about three pounds--the same as our brain. Together, they are referred to as our microbiome--and they play such a crucial role in our lives that scientists like [Martin J.] Blaser have begun to reconsider what it means to be human.” 
― Michael Specter (the ratio of bacteria:human cells, listed here and many places as 10:1, seems to now be more in the 3:1, 3:2 and as low as 1.3:1 range in some of the more recent info I’ve read)
Action Ideas (Folks, these are just ideas to get ya thinkin’. This is not medical advice.)
One of the main concerns is the lack of diversity of microbiomes we in the Western World have. That could be due to our restricted diet or our fascination with cleanliness, which wipes out good and harmful bacteria, among other things.
I remember hearing a while ago that people in parts of Africa not only have a much more diverse microbiome, theirs also changed with the seasons, unlike ours. Perhaps this was due to the way their diet changed with the seasons or perhaps to changes to the airborne bacteria or soil bacteria (fungi and viruses are also part of the microbiome, among other things). 
Bottom line: a healthy microbiome is a diverse microbiome.
Below is a short list of things we can do today to support a healthy gut microbiome.

What to decrease:
     1. Reduce your intake of highly processed foods, including refined grains, sugars, and refined oils.

     2. Reduce the use of or eliminate antibacterial soap & alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

     3. If possible, reduce the use of antibiotics.
What to increase:
     1. Eat a diversity of foods, mostly unprocessed, plant-based foods. That is, single-ingredient foods. For example, an apple contains only an apple. There is no ingredient list for it. Below is a list of plant-based foods.

     2. If eating organic, eating a bit of the dirt gives you extra variety of healthy bacteria. Peeling and over-scrubbing isn’t necessary.

     3. Eat more naturally fermented foods (more on this topic next week).

     4. Eat a variety of prebiotic and probiotics (see below for a link to an article explaining the differences and examples of what to eat).

     5. Create a practice of mindfulness, meditation, gratitude or anything that reduces tension and stress.

     6. Make sleep a priority.

     7. Check out our 10 lb and 15 or 20 lb weighted blankets. That might help your sleep and reduce your stress. Two benefits from one product!

Have a week of diversity, variety and health!

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InnovAID Inc.

P.S. Have you heard about the microbiome? Have you any experience with your healthy/unhealthy microbiome? This is new and exciting for me! Would love to talk with someone who knows more than me. Share if you have anything on the topic.Thanks.

Websites used in this article: Basic info on our microbiome. Want to add more plants to your diet? Here is a list. A list of pre- and probiotic foods and what each one offers to our health

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