Our bodies contain 10x the number of bacterial cells as human cells. We are a living ecosystem of microbes each of which plays an important role in metabolism, detoxification, immune function, vitamin and mineral absorption and hormone balance. These microbes contain in total 100 x more genetic material than our own genome. Our bacterial ecosystem is called our microbial flora. The genome of the microbial flora is called the microbiome. The microbiome is an integral part of our genetic landscape and of our genetic evolution.
In general, increased species diversity increases functionality of the ecosystem. Factors adversely affecting species diversity include sanitary conditions, c-section birth, formula feeding, stress, and exposure to antibiotics and other toxins in food, drugs, and environment.
There are many diseases associated with an altered gut microbiome: obesity, autoimmune disease, allergies, asthma, gallstones, oxalic kidney stones, IBS, IBD, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, MS, Parkinsons, Cancer and more.
Book an appointment with Dr. Sera today to have your microbial flora tested and balanced.