51: Understanding the Microbiome

Understanding the Microbiome

Why is gut health so important? The truth is that understanding the microbiome is critical to our long term health. In this episode, I’m joined once again by clinical nutritionist Christa Orecchio to discuss the basics of gut health, and what you can do to rejuvenate yours.

Christa is the founder of TheWholeJourney.com and the Gut Thrive in 5 program. She’s a TEDX speaker, author and TV show host who has helped thousands of people reclaim their health.

Understanding the Microbiome

The microbiome is the combined genetic material of all of the organisms inside of the gut. The most well-known biome in the body is the gut microbiome but there are really seven different microbiomes in the human body.  3,000 years ago Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut.” And he was right!

There is an inseperable link between the health of the gut microbiome and the immune system. When we rejuvenate the microbiome in the gut, the immune system can replicate this new genetic code to the other microbiomes of your body.

Here’s what happens:

  • chronic sinus infections go away
  • eczema and psoriasis clears up
  • recurring vaginal yeast infections start to go away
  • you stop getting bronchitis every time you get sick

The 3 “bugs” of the microbiome

  1. Symbiotic (good) bugs: These are the do-gooders of bacteria, cleaning up, repairing and helping maintain health in the gut. Unfortunately, as a society we often lack theses symbiotic bugs because of antibiotic use, genetically modified foods, sugar and alcohol.
  2. Pathogenic (bad) bugs: These bugs are the petty criminals of the micriobiome society, but their work has a purpose: it challenges the strength of our immune system, making it stronger. The problem is we often have an unhealthy amount of the bad bugs!
  3. Commensal (neutral) bugs: These bacteria are the “impressionable teenagers.” Depending on the overarching influence in the gut, they can assist the good bugs or contribute to the agitation of the bad bugs.

All of these bug types are meant to contribute to our overall health, but it’s critically important for them to be in appropriate balance in order for the gut microbiome to function correctly.

How to Rejuvenate the Immune System

Improving gut health can help rejuvenate the immune system. Improving the health of the gut microbiome requires more than simply taking probiotics or eating yogurt. Here’s how Christa recommends to get started:

  1. Slash inflammation
  2. Purge pathogens
  3. Healing and Re-seeding (Stay tuned for our next episode, where Christa will go in depth on reseeding and healing the gut microbiome!)

Resources:

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If you struggle with infertility or gut health issues, Christa has offered a free copy of the first chapter of her “How to Conceive Naturally” eBook (43 pages). To get this along with other bonuses, join our community with a free membership.

Stock up on Bone Broth

Christa mentions bone broth as part of her protocol in this episode, and she and Katie both consume broth consume daily. Until May 30th, you can get 5% off organic pre-made bone broth from The Brothery, Christa & Katie’s recommended bone broth resource, simply by going to this link and using the code WellnessMama5.

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Reader Comments

  1. What wonderful source of information …The Whole Journey…….by Christa Orecchio….thank you so much….also all your post received by e mail….I’m so thankful….keep up your resourceful post

  2. Thank you so much. We have a 2 year old who has to undergo an unavoidable operation, and also go on antibiotics because of it. We are worried that this will do irreversible damage to his microbiome. Is there anything we can do now, or after, to help bring it back to where it is now? Or are we forever altering it? Thank you.

  3. Christa is a wealth of knowledge. I get her emails and watch all her Fox 5 episodes. She is truly inspiring. She reminds me of when Sean Croxtin said to surround yourself with people 5 to 10 steps ahead of you. (His new stuff) Thanks WellnessMama.

  4. Christa, thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your intelligence, insight and inspiration through these podcasts! And thanks to the Mama Wellness blog for existing…I consult this site so frequently and feel as though the information I’ve gleaned has solidified my commitment to healing and optimum wellness.

    I am curious about the research you’ve done regarding the adverse GMO corn affects in mice ( I can’t remember was it epigenetic expression and gene expression in subsequent generations, or microbiome health?). I’ve tried my best to find similar studies on google and only came up with this http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691511006399 which contradicts the results that you mentioned in one of the podcast episodes. I try to stay away from GMO foods, but am interested in the research! I no longer have access to a scholarly database, but I’m curious as to where I could find such articles? Thank you so much!

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