Gut bacteria work in teams, and they influence the quality of your blood.
Gene testing allows us to see how important the microbiome is.
When I started practicing, they didn’t have gene sequencing like they had today. If they wanted to study the gut flora, they had to do it by culturing samples in Petri dishes. In some cases, the bacteria were very difficult to culture in the lab.
DNA sequencing allows for accurate identification of the wide variety of microbiomes in the gut. Genetic analysis also facilitates tracking the interaction between gut bacteria within and outside of the GI tract.
The microbiome is responsible for your digestive and overall metabolism. I believe that over time, thousands and thousands of pathways will be discovered using genetic analysis. These pathways will be the link between specific bacteria and specific diseases. I think it will be the absence of beneficial bacteria that will be most commonly associated with sickness.
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The more biodiverse a person’s gut, the more powerful and resilient they will be. People with a more narrowly defined band of gut bacteria have many more health-associated problems. This would explain why people living in the Amazon basin with 4 to 5 thousand species of bacteria in their gut have far more robust health that someone in NYC who only has one-quarter of the biome diversity.
I found it interesting to read about the powerful communication that occurs between the gut and the bloodstream. Whatever you eat, has an extremely powerful influence on your bacteria and what is happening in your blood.
When you eat crap, it negatively influences the blood. Eating healthy food improves the quality of your blood. Your blood is such a vital organ that you want to keep it in good shape all the time. You can do that by keeping your biome in good shape. That means eating the right food and having the right kind of lifestyle.
The bacteria in your gut work together in harmony to provide a robust, powerful bloodstream. Your beneficial bacteria work in teams. That’s no surprise. The best companies, businesses, and families also work in teams.