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Gut Bacteria

by Kelsey Asplin, ND in gut health February 21, 2020

Did you know you are actually more bacteria than you are human?!?

It’s true! It’s been said that human beings have about 10 bacterial cells for every one human cell in their bodies. Now, if you dig back into the history of this, that estimation may have been a loosely thrown out number that managed to take hold until more (likely) accurate estimations recalculated it to be closer to a 1.3:1 ratio. But still! It’s estimated that humans have around 30 trillion cells, which means we have over 39 trillion bacterial cells!!!!

Our bacteria essentially run the show. If you think of the gut like a house party (as I oft’ do), the overall mood, vibes, and aftermath of the party will be dependent on who shows up. If you have a bunch of life-loving, community oriented attendees, it’s probably gonna be a pretty rad party; if a bunch of up-to-no-good punks show up and trash the place…we’ve got a problem.

And because they run the show, your gut microbiome can affect digestion, gas, bloating, abnormal stools, malabsorption, leaky gut, food sensitivities, allergies, brain chemistry, pain, body-wide inflammation, scarring and adhesions, hormonal regulation, medication and supplement assimilation, and so on!!!

I’ll be diving into more of these topics in the coming weeks so stay tuned! In the meantime, share this post with someone who could benefit from improving their microbiome house party!