Life Coaching Blog How is your microbiome?

“What we eat determines how well our digestion works” Alex Jamieson

How is your microbiome?

My micro-what? Simply put, your microbiome is the community of bacteria that lives in your intestine. It is a community of non human organisms that, like any community, can be healthy, or unhealthy. When your microbiome is out of balance, or unhealthy, you will definitely feel the effects, though you may not have thought about where those effects were coming from.

Some signs that your microbiome is out of balance:

  • fatigue
  • depression
  • headaches,
  • skin issues
  • getting frequent colds
  • bloating
  • weight gain

An interesting idea that came about almost 20 years ago, was the idea of your gut as a ‘second brain’ because of the role it plays in your mental and emotional state. Your microbiome determines how the nutrients from food is (or isn’t) used by your body, it determines how efficient your metabolism is, and it ultimately plays a huge part in your overall sense of well-being, along with your ability to lose weight.

In his book, The Microbiome Diet, Raphael Kellman, MD, describes the microbiome and its effect on your weight. He describes in detail the connection between the two. As part of the plan that he describes, he lists the essential ‘superfoods’ that must be included in microbiome-friendly eating program.

Foods that help your microbiome:

Feed the bacteria that already live there with prebiotics

  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Jicama

Increase the number of healthy bacteria with probiotics

  • fermented vegetables, i.e. kimchee and sauerkraut
  • fermented dairy, kefir and yogurt

Since we can’t see our microbiome, it can be tricky to imagine it’s existence. However, if you’ve been taking antibiotics, (which kill all bacteria, even the good ones in your gut), have experienced a good deal of stress (who hasn’t?) or have a regular diet that is high in sugar and/or processed foods, your microbiome may need a hand in getting itself back to balance. Give it the attention it deserves, and this community will support your entire sense of well-being.

“The Well” Kalia Kelmenson