How can I restore my microbiome balance?

How can I restore my microbiome balance?

Antibiotic use, poor dental hygiene, overconsumption of junk food and alcohol, and stress can negatively impact the balance of micro-organisms in GI tract. This can lead to an overgrowth of unhealthy microorganisms, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). By restoring beneficial probiotic bacteria and strengthening the intestinal tract, you can establish and maintain a healthy microbiome.

Science and Research About Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome

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Achieve your optimal digestive microbiome health with a healthy diet and the nutrients that your gut’s good bacteria need.

Frequently Asked Microbiome Questions

What prevents the immune system from attacking the microbiome?

Lymphocytes are white blood cells trained to recognize and destroy harmful microorganisms, including bacteria. So, how does the immune system know which bacteria in the gut are friendly and which aren’t? It turns out that lymphocytes go through a “training program” in the gut. The process is complicated, but simply put, the bacteria associated with inflammation and cell damage are flagged as harmful. Those that do not damage other cells and cause inflammation are marked by the lymphocytes as benign.

Does sleep deprivation affect a person's gut microbiome?

Preliminary research suggests that sleep deprivation can alter the balance of existing groups of bacteria in the gut. Similarly, microbiome composition can influence sleep patterns. This indicates that the influence between sleep deprivation and microbiome is a two-way street, with each having the ability to influence the other.

Why are microbiota termed gut flora and not gut fauna?

The term fauna refers to all animal life in a defined region. The term flora can be used to refer to all plant life in a defined region or, when applied to microbiology, to the community of microorganisms living on or in a host organism. This microorganism community can include bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms and are collectively known as the flora of that organism. In the gut, this is referred to as gut flora.

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Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Learn about blood tests for nutritional deficiencies, inflammation and disease progression. Also learn about conventional IBS treatments and natural ingredients that can help with gut health.

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Scott Fogle, ND, discusses the benefits of the Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology test being offered by Life Extension® during the Annual Lab Test Sale.

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Reduce Risk of Stomach Ulcers and Gastritis

Japanese scientists have developed a unique combination of zinc and carnosine that helps remove H. pylori, an underlying cause of ulcers, gastritis and stomach cancer. Zinc-carnosine has been shown to reduce heartburn, belching, and stomach tenderness.

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The Microbiome & How It Affects Your Health

The microbiome has a synergistic relationship with your immune system. If the microbiome is imbalanced, the immune system is, too.

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