Here is a simple truth: As goes the health of your intestinal microbiome, so goes the rest of your health. Put another way: the health of every organ, system and cell of the entire human body depends upon the health, vitality and diversity of the probiotic organisms living in your gut. And your “gut” has a new name: the microbiome. In other words; everything is downstream of the microbiome!
The following information appeared in a weekly news magazine called: The Week; volume 18, issue 872.
Having a bad diet may increase your chances of developing osteoarthritis. Scientists have long thought the condition was tied to obesity and excessive stress placed on the joints, reports MedicalDaily.com. But in a new study, a team from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that a high-fat western diet caused mice (our apologies to the mice used in this experiment) not only to gain weight but also to develop systemic inflammation and an imbalance in their gut microbiome.
Their colons had high levels of harmful bacteria and hardly any beneficial probiotic bacteria. When the researchers tore cartilage (ouch!) in the rodents’ knees to trigger (cause) the osteoarthritis, the disease progressed more rapidly in the obese mice. When they treated these mice with a probiotic to restore their gut microbiome, the rodents had less inflammation and their joint health improved. Study author Eric Schott says his team’s findings “set the stage to develop therapies that target the microbiome and actually treat the (root causes) of the disease.”
I have been using and recommending probiotic supplements since 1990! If you are interested in a comprehensive explanation of the human microbiome and how it gets sick and what steps you need to take to make it better; please read my book: Principle Eating: The No Diet Way to Complete Health.
Here’s a basic explanation of what goes on with the bacteria inside the microbiome. There are trillions of bacteria that live inside the 30 foot long tube of the human digestive system. The healthy bacteria are called probiotics. The unhealthy bacteria are called dysbiotics. The healthy human digestive system is supposed to have 80% (or more) probiotic bacteria and 20% (or less) of the dysbiotic bacteria (and other organisms).
These “bacteria” are not just “hanging out” inside our intestines. They are all voracious eaters. They eat our food, digest our food and eliminate waste products. The waste products of the healthy bacteria restore and maintain the health of the entire GI system on a continual basis. The waste products of the healthy bacteria regulate the pH throughout the intestines, mimimizing or eliminating bloating and gas. The waste products of the healthy bacteria include things like enzymes and hormones and B-vitamins, which are components of healthy immune cells. The waste products of the healthy bacteria include some of the most powerful antibiotics ever discovered.
In other words, it is the waste products of the healthy probiotic bacteria that contribute to the restoration and maintenance of the normal functioning of the entire digestive system. Imagine that.
Guess what happens if the dysbiotic bacteria (and other pathological organisms) take over? Guess what happens if the total balance of bacteria in the microbiome is less than the ideal 80-20 balance? This is a condition called intestinal dysbiosis and it is the major root cause of all digestive system disorders and imbalances. Here’s why:
The bad bacteria are not just “hanging out” inside our intestines. They are voracious eaters. The bad bacteria eat our food, digest our food and eliminate waste products. The waste products of the bad bacteria are toxic and cause all the uncomfortable symptoms we are all familiar with: gas, bloating, cramping, acid reflux and heartburn on the upper end of digestion or constipation or loose urgent frequent bowel movements on the other end.
More details are provided and solutions are fully explained in the first few chapters of my book: Principle Eating: The No Diet Way to Complete Health.