Feed your microbiome with Spirulina
You will likely have heard about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for your overall health. The importance of the microbiome was catapulted onto the leading edge of the health and wellness sphere, as a direct result of the findings of the human genome project.
The human genome project made it abundantly clear that the complexity of human beings cannot be attributed to the number of genes we have. Current findings suggest we have between 19,000 and 21,000 genes which is around the same number as an earthworm! Fleas and fruit flies have more genetic information in their cells than human beings, so how on earth are we more able to use quantum physics and build space stations? In short….
The human microbiome is the sum collection of microorganisms and their DNA that live within and upon the human body. These microorganisms produce all kinds of compounds that support our health, from vitamin K that helps manage calcium and blood clotting, to B vitamins that support our metabolism and energy levels. There are so many compounds these microorganisms make for us that we don’t even need the genes to make them anymore. It seems we have been evolving our symbiotic relationships with our helpful microbes for a very long time!
Not only do these microbes produce many of the compounds we need to thrive, they are also able to switch our genes on and off. Through this mechanism we are able to express our genes in many different ways, thus its not about what genes you have but about how many ways you can express them.
There is still much research to be done, but we already know enough to confirm that having a healthy microbiome is essential for human health.
We looked into how to support this microbiome to best effect and we discovered that the diversity of microbes needs a diversity of food. Food for your microbiome is known as pre-biotics, as is generally made up of different kinds of fibre. You need to eat a diverse range of fibres to make sure you feed your microbe helpers.
It can be difficult to eat a diverse enough diet in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, so we wanted to share with you one way to add some diversity to your prebiotics….Spirulina.
Spirulina provides food for your microbiome in the form of the pre-biotics Xylan and Galactan.
These two prebiotics have been shown to feed the good bugs in your gut, including the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria species and alongside a healthy and varied diet they can help to keep your microbiome ticking along nicely.
So take care of your wellbeing this winter and give yourself more robust health by eating a variety of microbiome boosting fibre!