More than 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates — the father of modern medicine — suggested that all disease begins in the gut. Though Hippocrates was incorrect in suggesting that all disease begins in your gut, evidence shows that many chronic metabolic diseases do.
Your gut bacteria and the integrity of your gut lining strongly affect your health and according to numerous studies, undesirable bacterial products called endotoxins can sometimes leak through your gut lining and enter your bloodstream. Your immune system then recognizes these foreign molecules and attacks them — resulting in chronic inflammation.
So, even after 2,000 years, Hippocrates is still someone worth listening to.
So what things can affect our Gut Microbiome?
Our lifestyle and the foods we eat are the biggest factors – and the most obvious, but many other things also can play a part.
For example, the amount of medication we are prescribed for common ailments – it can take up to 6 months for your gut to get over a course of antibiotics. When they are needed, antibiotics can be life-savers, but the routine over use of such medication can cause us serious stomach issues.
Even the way in which we were born can affect our Microbiome, with C-Section babies having a lower variation of good microbes, but this can be resolved with a Microbiome Gut rebalance.
Diet is a major factor in keeping a balanced Microbiome – remember, we are what we absorb. But it is not as simple as just saying “Don’t eat this – and do eat that”.
Over the last 50 years, we have, as consumers, demanded our foods to be provided to us in easier, longer-lasting, more colourful ways – and this has had an impact on the nutrition of the foods we consume today. That burger for example, was made to look healthy, but is it?
Our desire to keep food “Shelf-stable” for longer, to look more appetizing, to have “low-fat” or “low-sugar” alternatives has meant that we have moved from food which pretty much did what it said on the box, to something else entirely.
We have sacrificed good quality nutrition for ease and convenience. We can blame the manufacturers to an extent, but ultimately they are delivering what we are demanding.
Whilst there are aspects of Environmental Pollution that we can affect through education and changing mindsets, there is another area that we can more directly affect.
POPs can play a significant negative effect on human health and the environment. We are exposed to POPs in a variety of ways, mainly through the food we eat, but also through the air we breathe and in many products used in our daily lives.
Manufacturers have have added POPs to improve product characteristics, examples are surfactants, like detergents, emulsifiers, foaming agents and dispersants. As a result, POPs can be found virtually everywhere on our planet in measurable concentrations and that means they are also found in us.