Did you know that the human microbiome plays an important role in the way we age?
Our microbiome, consisting of the bacteria essential to breaking-down nutrients, also plays an important role in regulating our immune and inflammatory response, fights infections and influences the way in which we age........ Our gut microbiome plays a critical role in preventing human illnesses, even when there is no digestive complaints present (ie constipation, flatulence, IBS, etc).
Like the rest of our body, the gut microbiome changes as the host ages. Professor Brian Kennedy, Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing at the National University of Singapore, investigated how the gut microbiome evolves and transplanted the gut microbiome from 24-month old mice into young 6-week old, germ-free mice.
After 8 weeks, colleagues observed increased intestinal growth and increased neurogenesis in the mice’s brain.
These results are highly promising for future progression in the treatment of diseases associated with aging, such as neurodegenerative disorders. Neurodegenerative disease is an umbrella term for a range of conditions which primarily affect the neurons (nerve cells) in the human brain. This highlights the importance of the gut-brain connection, implicating negative impacts on the microbiome also impact our brain health.
Today, with a high use of antibiotics, medications, sugars, alcohol etc there is a constant impact on our gut microbiome as the off-target effects of especially anti-biotic leaves the individual with reduced bacterial diversity.
The symbiotic relationship between bacteria and their host can have significant benefits for your health. And when you know the individual nature of your microbiome, personalised recommendations can support through diet, probiotics and probiotics to protect your microbiome and age joyfully!
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