What is the gut microbiome?
Your microbiome is a massive ecosystem made of up trillions of organisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi & viruses that live in your digestive tract. Collectively these weigh up to 2kg – that’s heavier than the average human brain!
Why should you care about your microbiome?
All that bacteria means your gut is almost as diverse and dense as the Amazon rainforest. Pretty incredible, right? Which is why scientists are increasingly treating the gut as its own organ, recognising how vital these bacteria are as they break down food and toxins, make vitamins and interact with our immune system.
What influences your microbiome?
Although your microbiome is influenced by factors from birth, your actions today can have a big impact on this ecosystem. We need to look after our biome to maintain a balance, ensuring a rich biodiversity of organisms, which can positively impact your health and wellbeing.
Diet, the environment, stress and drugs such as antibiotics can all disrupt this balance, undermining the diversity of your gut microbiome.
Modern lifestyles and the importance of health and fitness
Good diet, sleep patterns and exercise are thought to have a positive effect on the microbiome and leave us feeling happier and healthier. Other activities such as playing outside and exposure to animals and dirt help balance the good and bad bacteria within your microbiome. But, nobody’s perfect. Modern lifestyles mean we can’t always do everything we’re supposed to. Live bacteria supplements can help support the gut microbiome in the context of a healthy diet & lifestyle.
What the microbiome does
Your microbiome lives in harmony with you. Take care of it, and it’ll take care of you. Although scientists are only beginning to understand the role of the microbiome, it is believed to assist in:
- The breakdown of complex carbohydrates
- Producing vitamins and minerals
- Producing short-chain fatty acids
- Defending against pathogens
- Training our immune system
- Supporting detoxification
Symprove and the microbiome
If you couldn’t already tell, we think the microbiome is an incredible part of our body. That’s why we’re dedicated to understanding more about it, participating in multiple studies testing the impact of Symprove on gut microbiomes.