A growing body of research strives to refine our understanding of the human microbiome, the network of living things that exist within the body. Troy McMurtray, DC, of Aurora Integrative Health of Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida, is passionate about supporting optimal health by enhancing the health of the microbiome. If you’re curious about how this approach can help you live your best possible life, schedule a consultation today to explore the options. You can book online or by phone, so don’t delay.
You might assume that every living thing held within your body shares your DNA, or at least contains human DNA. You would be dead wrong.
Inside each of us exists a microscopic world of life that is not human. These trillions of microorganisms represent thousands of species. There is a mix of viruses, parasites, and fungi, just to name a few.
Most of these “bugs” live harmoniously. In fact, many are absolutely vital to human life. They live in large numbers within your small and large intestines where they play key roles in healthy digestion.
You begin life with a set of microbiota that comes from your mother. From delivery through the birth canal to drinking breast milk, these first microorganisms create your early microbiome.
You pick up additional microbes as you grow and develop, through environmental exposure, food products, and even the air you breathe. Over time your microbiome expands and becomes more complex, which is an important part of staying healthy.
If an imbalance develops, however, you can experience troublesome effects, including a hampered immune system.
There are many symptoms of microbiome imbalance, but they are often wrongly attributed to other issues. Some common examples include:
One of the most powerful ways to address a damaged or imbalanced microbiome is through probiotics. These foods or supplements are rich in live active bacteria that support gut health and immune function.
You can increase your intake of probiotics by choosing foods with high probiotic counts. Examples include miso, yogurt, kombucha tea, pickled vegetables, and kefir. More and more foods are being produced with probiotics in mind and marketed as such. That makes it easier to include these foods into your routine diet.
It’s also possible to increase your probiotic count through supplements. Pills and probiotic-enriched foods can deliver incredible volumes of healthy bacteria in a short period of time, although the sheer volume of available supplements can be confusing. Probiotic supplements have become a thriving industry, with a projected sales level of $65 billion by the year 2024.
Dr. Troy can guide you toward the right diet and supplements to enhance and support a healthy microbiome. To explore the possibilities in greater detail, book a one-on-one consultation today. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to check availability.