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Achieving optimal health begins with the right diet, proper sleep, and daily exercise. It also helps to have an understanding of the physiological workings of our body. Enter the trending topic of microbiomes, or the living ecosystem that exists in our guts. While microbiome research is still in its early stages, scientists have linked unhealthy guts to range of negative health concerns, like weight gain, diabetes, brain fog, even cancer.

While the jury is still out on how powerful your gut’s microbiome is and how it affects other parts of your body, one thing is for certain. The ecosystem that lives inside you has the ability to control how you look, move, even feel.

Today, you can have your microbiome analyzed in labs or even at home with kits. This may provide data; however, it will do little to improve your health. Why not take an active role in improving your body’s incredible ecosystem today?

 

Eat The Right Foods

Gut health begins with nutrition. While you may be tempted to follow popular trends, it’s best to consume foods the old-fashioned way–naturally. You’ll find a growing market of probiotic supplements and pills, however, real food is always best!  

What foods to buy? Yogurt is a super-food when it comes to probiotics. Miso soup, sauerkraut, pickles, sourdough bread, and many soft cheeses also offer this helpful bacteria.

 

Be Wary of Antibiotics

What happens when colds or sudden illnesses strike? Should we rush off to the doctor’s for a prescription of antibiotics? Contrary to popular belief, these drugs actually do more harm than good. While the power of antibiotics have revolutionized the fight to ward off global diseases; it’s important to note that overuse is extremely possible.

What happens to our microbiomes when we consume antibiotics? To start, the drugs attack both bad and good bacteria in your system–making you feel better, while also destroying your carefully cultivated microbes in the process.

Your best tactic? You don’t want to write antibiotics out of your life completely, however, it’s important to understand the difference between bacterial and viral infections. If you’re diagnosed with a viral infection, take note that the drugs will do little to help you recover. Understanding this important distinction can help protect your microbiome!

 

Choose The Right Proteins  

The vast majority of antibiotics used in America are given to livestock, not humans. Ranchers and farmers feed antibiotics to their livestock as part of their regular diet to encourage weight gain. While this tactic may be successful for the livestock owner, consumers, especially those who eat a large amount of meat, ingest antibiotics on a weekly, even daily basis.

How you can change: The easiest way to reduce antibiotic consumption is to eat less meat. Plant-based diets are a great way to boost your body’s health. If a strictly vegetarian diet is not appealing, consider purchasing high-quality, organic meat at the store or market. Many natural food companies and farms commit to leaving antibiotics out of their livestock. Be sure to check labels!