In the world today, scientists researching the microbiome have estimated there are 20-30 thousand species of bacteria, 5 million species of fungi and 300 thousand species of parasites. When it comes to Viruses, there is still a debate if they actually exist or are even what we think they are. But if we go with the current mainstream convention, you could say there are more viruses in the world than stars in the universe!
These microorganisms all comprise the microbiome in our bodies. They work in balance and synergy, constantly communicating with the mitochondria in our cells to facilitate repair via the genes they produce. To give you an idea, in our body, human cells produce around 20 thousand genes. Our microbiome could produce anywhere between 2-20 million genes!!! My point is, we are more microbe than human! If microbes didn’t want us here, we wouldn’t be here.
The microbiome is not only vital to all functions in our body but it also plays a major role in our immune system. In other words, our immunity is directly related to the number and diversity of our microbiome. The more diverse our microbiome is the stronger our immune system is. It’s estimated that due to our current diet, stress, exposure to pesticides, pharmaceuticals (such as antibiotics), pollution and chemicals in our environment, it’s estimated that humans now carry approximately 10% of the microbiome they once had. This makes us much more vulnerable to disease than ever before. For this reason its more import than ever that we find ways to help our microbiome grow and diversify.
Unfortunately the current guidelines for stopping the spread of the “Tecatete” Virus 😜 may actually do more harm than help us and here is why (can’t call it the real name for fear of getting flagged so I’m naming it after another popular Mexican beer instead):
Masks: One of the best ways to boost our immunity, grow and diversify our microbiome is by breathing fresh air. Why? Because the microbiome is all around us! We breath it in constantly. Masks restrict the intake of oxygen and microbes. Lack of oxygen puts stress on our bodies and therefore suppresses our immunity. Masks are designed to stop the spread of disease by people that are sick. If you are healthy, keep your intake of fresh air up! That will keep you free from a possible hypoxic injury (injury cause by lack of oxygen) and grow your micro biome!
Social Distancing: We have been hearing lately it’s not the best idea to be close to others at this time. But did you know another way to boost immunity is by being with others? You may have probably guessed it, but by being close to others we get exposed to a greater diversity of microorganisms, thus boosting microbiome diversity. Something else to consider is that human touch, talking and laughter feel good. Feeling good also boosts immunity. Health is not just about our physical state. Our mental state counts. Did you know that babies deprived of human touch actually die? In this case what we used to say is true: Together we are strong!
Staying Indoors: Staying home deprives us of a very important hormone, which researchers have deemed extremely important for immunity: Vitamin D! Yes, vitamin D is actually a hormone. The best way to absorb vitamin D is by being exposed to sunlight! Research has found that many victims of illnesses like the one we are currently experiencing had low levels of vitamin D.
But don’t take my word for it. Always do your own research. You can either let others dictate how you should live or take ownership of how you choose to live. Wishing you love, health and happiness!
#stayhealthy #staysafe #staycurious