We are not alone! Did you know that we are 10 times more bacteria than we are human? The bacteria that live in (and on us) play a significant role in how our body responds to stress, food, and our environment. In today's episode, microbiologist Kiran Krishnan helps us gain a clearer understanding of the human microbiome and how it relates to our overall health.
Many health conditions--including skin issues like psoriasis and eczema to diabetes and Chron's disease, to candida, yeast issues, and even arthritis and cancer--can stem from an imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Kiran explains why popping a probiotic pill is not the solution and he offers refreshingly different suggestions for what to do to improve the health and strength of your own microbiome.
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So he recommends: 1) continuing to feed one’s own beneficial organisms by eating a diverse diet, like early humans did and 2) if one takes probiotics, take ‘spore-based’ probiotics.
His recommendation #1 reminds me of rehabilitating a worn-out pasture and its soil. With proper grazing and feeding the soil with a diversity of urine, manure, and decaying plants, insects, etc., the remnant native seed bank is often revitalized and the suite of beneficial natives gradually reestablish.
Krishnan also paints a fascinating picture of the great diversity of organisms we host, and their genetics. The human is not just a collection of organisms, but also hosts a suite of biomes sort of like looking at our globe and all the different ecosystems it supports, and they are all interconnected.
Inspiring and useful.