Integrative Health Blog

Creating a Healthy Microbiome in the Gut

Posted by on Tue, Jun 06, 2017

When considering what is healthy for our overall digestion, it is important to understand that the gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem.   The inherent diversity of an optimal gut flora is a key component of a healthy digestive tract.  The human body is made up of more bacterial cells than human.  It is critical that these bacteria consist of beneficial flora that can aid and support our health.  In nature, the vitality of the soil is an important factor in both the composition of plants that will grow as well as the strength of those plants.   Similarly, we need to plant the proper seeds or probiotics in our gut and water this diverse soil with a healthy diet.

What determines the health of the "soil" in our gut microbiome?

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Tags: gut, digestive health, microbiome

Understanding the Human Microbiome: Mini Ecosystems in the Body

Posted by on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

So many –“omes” to understand . . .  human genomics, metabolomics, toxigenomics . . . what does the suffix  “–omics” actually mean?

One free online dictionary1 says that –omics is “the large scale study of biological entities”.  So genomics, in the most simplistic terms, is the study of all of the genes of an organism; metabolomics is the study of the small molecules that are substrates (biochemical ingredients), products, or intermediates of metabolic reactions in an organism.

What is the microbiome in the body?

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Tags: digestive health, microbiome