This week's lecture was about the importance of the microbiome. This term describes all of the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live on and in the human body. There are ten times more microorganisms than human cells. If i were a philosopher, I would ponder how human we really are. Thankfully for you, I am not!
The message is quite simple. High fiber foods, such as grains, beans and vegetables will feed the good microorganisms. They will release healthy compounds that you will absorb which will make you feel better. Eating processed foods which have little fiber and a great deal of sugar, salt and fat will feed the bad microorganisms. They will release unhealthy compounds that you will absorb which will make you feel worse.
As a healthcare provider, I must respect your informed choice whether I agree with them or not. Thanks for reading. #yourlimboislistening
This picture is from Dr. Justin Sonnenburg's lab. He and his collegues entered this picture of the human microbiome in a mouse in 2015 in Nikon Small World Contest. The mulitcoloured part of the picture is human micobiome. The green is the slime layer. The blue cells are the epithelial layer of the mouse's intestine. For more information, please click here.