What is a Microbiome?
Microbes are microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and mites that live in our body. We have a symbiotic relationship with them, and they are found in particular areas of the body together – hence creating a microbiome. The gut microbiome is found in the mucous lining of the intestine, and it is affected by factors like genetics, age, and diet. Scientific researchers have begun exploring this microbiome because of its link to the immune system.
What is the Importance of the Gut Microbiome?
It has been found that maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome aids in immunity development and metabolism. Further, this microbiome:
- prevents inflammatory disorders
- protects against harmful pathogens
- aids in digestion of complex sugars
- produces Vitamin K
It also produces short chain fatty acids, which has a role in determining the microbial composition of the skin.
What is the Gut-Skin Axis?
The gut-skin axis, as termed by scientists, describes the two-directional relationship between the gut and the skin. Gastrointestinal health is directly associated with skin homeostasis: this process is regulated by the bloodstream, and hormones in the neuroendocrine system. Microbial imbalance, known as intestinal dysbiosis, can contribute to common skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema) and rosacea.
The gut microbiome upsets the skin microbiome, but this is a two-way relationship. Acne caused by emotional stress can also negatively impact the gut biome. Psychological stress can cause intestinal microbes to produce neurotransmitters that can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal barrier, resulting in systemic inflammation.
However, these imbalances can be controlled through the use of probiotics.
What are Probiotics?
The use of probiotics supports and improves the body’s gut system. These probiotics are microorganisms that nurture healthy bacteria in a person’s digestive tract and simultaneously control germs and other unhealthy bacteria. They help maintain immunity and create a healthy biome in the body. Moreover, probiotics can be a great complement to fitness routines.
A deficiency in this healthy bacterium, therefore, can lead to an internal system overrun by harmful microorganisms – and open the doors to various chronic conditions, like autoimmunity, obesity, diabetes, and, most prominently, skin disorders. Probiotics are not only preventive measures for such conditions, but also facilitators for better gut and vaginal flora.
Which Probiotic is for Me?
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