Something important is happening to you and your body right now. Many are unaware that it affects all our health and well-being. We introduce you to your gut microbiota.

What is your Microbiome and Gut Microbiota?

The gut microbiota consists of a wide variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other unicellular microorganisms that inhabit our body. Most are non-pathogenic (where both the human body and microbiota benefit from their presence) and some, in smaller number, are pathogenic (promoting disease). The gut is the main habitat of these organisms, which, in case of the non-pathogenic (good bacteria), are the main workers in our well-being. The microbiome, on the other hand, is the name given to all the genes that live within these microorganisms.

Why is it so important?

The Microbiome is one of the key elements of our health, representing about two thirds of the immune system and it is considered our first line of defense. It also has about 3 million genes and represents a large part of our body’s DNA and is very sensitive and malleable to our lifestyle choices, including our food choices.

When we lead a healthy lifestyle, we feed the good bacteria and serve an entire ecology of non-human organisms that live, under normal conditions, in a symbiotic relationship with our body. This symbiotic relationship results in a strong immune system and, consequently, a healthier and better quality of life. On the other hand, when we have an unhealthy lifestyle, we feed the bad (pathogenic) bacteria, which in most cases leads our body to a state of systemic inflammation, responsible for a large number of modern diseases.

There are several factors that negatively influence our microbiome, such as chronic stress, poor diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, poor hygiene, obesity or overweight, sedentary lifestyle, some medications (e.g. antibiotics) and the aging process. These can be considered the main ones.

When a person has several of the listed risk factors, there are many health, wellness, and quality of life issues that can begin to arise over time.

The accumulation of these factors can cause a decrease in good bacteria, an increase in bad bacteria, and a so-called leaky gut, where the walls of the gut become more fragile, allowing bacteria and food particles to pass into the blood. This process confuses white blood cells, which are the cells responsible for immunity, and makes them think that the proteins associated with these food particles are invading germs, which causes them to increase the number of inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream, causing systemic inflammation.

The process of systemic inflammation can lead to various symptoms and health problems, such as altered body composition and weight gain, difficult digestion, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating, frequent diarrhea and flatulence, chronic fatigue and lack of energy, brain fog, difficulties sleeping, stress and anxiety, reduced immunity, skin problems, joint and/or muscle pain, and increased susceptibility to the development of some diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

How to promote a healthy microbiome

  1. Control gut inflammation
  2. Remove common pathogens present in the gut (cleaning)
  3. Repair gut lining
  4. Renew stomach acid and digestive enzymes
  5. Improve the quality of bacteria present in the gut for optimal digestion

By doing this, you will achieve a better, happier, and longer life, with you in control of your own health!

The good news is that we made it simple with The Stargut Program