The microbiome is an ecosystem in your body composed of trillions of microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, and fungi). A healthy microbiome is supportive for your health and has a wide variety of benefits (such as a strong immune system, a balanced mood, healthy skin, regular bowel movements, and a balanced vaginal pH). To say the state of your body’s microbiome is important would be a huge understatement.
On top of all that… as we age our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to decreased skin firmness and an increase in wrinkles.
#1: The Gut Microbiome
The bugs in your gut have a wide variety of benefits, including assisting the immune system in preventing “bad” bugs from entering your system, aiding digestion, providing a source of vitamin K2, and potentially having a preventative role in colon cancer. People with conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease have been shown to have a different composition of gut microbiome compared to healthy individuals.
#2: The Skin Microbiome
Similar to the gut microbiome, the skin microbiome assists your immune system in keeping bad guys out of your body. Disturbances in the skin microbiome have been linked to conditions such as acne, eczema, and chronic wounds.
#3: The Vaginal Microbiome
Mainly composed of lactobacilli, these bacteria create an acidic environment that prevents the growth of harmful bacteria. An unbalanced vaginal pH can allow the growth of microbes that cause bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and yeast infections.
Birth Control and The Microbiome
Birth control is known to deplete key nutrients, antioxidants, and probiotics that are important for maintaining a balanced and robust microbiome. Probiotics help maintain your microbiome by adding in “good” bacteria, which can crowd out and prevent “bad” bacteria from growing. Prebiotics are the preferred food source for good bacteria and can help them grow and flourish.
2 Ways to Get Probiotics into your Body:
#1: Fermented Foods
Probiotics exist in fermented foods (e.g. sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, miso). Prebiotics are fiber sources that your body cannot digest and are in foods like garlic, onions, leeks, oats, barley, apples, bananas, and flaxseeds.
#2: Top Up Tonic
Another way to increase the “good” bacteria is supplementing with prebiotics and probiotics found in our hormone balancing capsule. Probiotics are essential to keeping your gut healthy and intestinal walls strong and sturdy. Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus are two important probiotics that have been shown to help improve digestion, abdominal pain, and bloating. The prebiotic inulin is included as the probiotics preferred fuel source to help sustain their growth.
Maintaining the health of your microbiome is incredibly important for your immune function, digestion, skin, and vaginal health.
Steady the ship. Enjoy the ride.