We are all looking for the magic bullet: that one simple, easy thing we can all do that will greatly improve our health. Some find it in recipes and new foods, others in a new daily practice and still others in a supplement or remedy.

MindBodyGreen is a haven for reading and sharing these sort of great tips with articles like ‘Yoga for Better Digestion’, ‘5 Simple Steps to Boost Immunity’ and ‘Easy Steps for Metal Detoxification’.

But what if there were one tip to beat all tips? A simple action you can take to improve almost every basic function in the body? Better digestion and metabolism, better immunity and even more efficient detoxification of heavy metals?

Well, there is. It’s not trendy, and it’s not cool (yet!), but the science is there and we all need to take notice.

We need to meet — and respect — our microbes.

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In the last few years, several new studies have sought to understand the trillions of microbes that live in, on and around us all the time. However "clean" we think we are, it's all relative, and the initial research is showing pretty clearly that we need them as much as they need us.

Having a deep and rich diversity of microbes has shown improved:

Digestion

The majority of our internal microbes live in our gut and do most of the work breaking down our food. They also release valuable compounds and nutrients.

Lack of microbial balance contributes to serious chronic digestive complaints, such as Crohn’s, colitis, constipation … and that’s just the ‘C’s.

Immunity

Extensive exposure to microbes is vital in the body learning which substances to treat as foreign and which as self.

Allergies may be the first sign of imbalance, that, if uncorrected, can develop into autoimmune and chronic disease.

Metal Detoxification

In optimal health, we work with our microbes to remove heavy metals like mercury on a daily basis via our feces. Between 50-90% of ongoing mercury detoxification is as a direct result of our microbes.

Without an adequate covering of microbes on the wall of the digestive tract, toxins like heavy metals can start to cause irritation and inflammation.

Few Easy Tips to Develop a More Resilient Microbiome

  • Open your mind to a more mutual relationship with a once-feared enemy.
  • Get outside more often and open a window.
  • Put your skin in direct contact with grass or healthy soil.
  • Eat more fermented foods and take a daily probiotic.

Microbes also teach us two of life’s most important concepts: Holism and non-dualism. There's no “them and us.” We need them and they need us, and the sooner we stop pretending otherwise, the better. 


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