Amazing Microbes!

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Realistic rendering of bacteria – in green colors

There are a lot of relationships to nurture in life. Relationships with your family, friends, and coworkers are often the connections we think of. But we want you to think smaller. Much smaller.

When was the last time you nurtured your relationship with your microbes? Or even more specifically, your gut biome? This could be one of the most important relationships to have!

Microbes are the gate way to stability for your health. When we have a diverse and stable gut biome, we generally experience good health. When the population is unstable, there is an increased risk of developing diseases like cancer, diabetes, autism, autoimmune disease and heart disease. In fact, as a baby, we receive our first initial microbial inoculation via the birth canal (C-section babies via the bacteria of the skin.) From there, it is through exposure to different bacteria that the microbial colonies and diversity build, fostering not only a healthy gut biome but the immune system as well.

Parents, it is actually quite healthy to let your child crawl around and sticks their fingers in their mouth!

As children grow, it is important to note that your gut biome can play an important part in determining characteristics such as bone density and weight.

With microbes accounting for over 90% of all cells in and on our bodies, it’s safe to say they play a major factor in our health. This important symbiotic relationship is the foundation from which our bodies can flourish in all areas.

But, if human genes comprise just 1% of total genes, and the rest are microbial, doesn’t this beg the question… just how human are we?

NTI stands for better health through better nutrition. We’re on a mission. The health of our country is in serious decline. In 1999 we decided to do something about it: teach people how to eat for health and explain the science behind it. We teach the teachers. And the teachers are making a difference.

*Original article written by Rita Wilhelm; Jan 8, 2015

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