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The research of the human microbiome (the population of microbes in and on humans and their genes) has led us to discover the major role it has on our wellness. These critters impact our physiology, biochemistry, and psychology in powerful ways.
I just discussed the relationship between gut-feelings and the gut-brain connection on my Healing, Health, and Wellness for the Body, Mind, and Spirit blog. You can read that here.
Now, I want to dive deeper into how you can empower yourself to build a strong microbiome.
Empowering Our Microbiome
We do not have to be “victims of a bad microbiome,” as we have influence on several factors that can positively affect it. As this article states (bold emphasis mine):
Many environmental factors impact the gut microbiome. Geography, lifecycle, mode of delivery, infant feeding, stress, exercise, hygiene, infections, pharmaceuticals and food are some examples [9,10,11,12,13]. Diet has emerged as one of the most relevant factors in influencing the gut microbiome.
I’ve previously explored the impact of nourishing foods, stress, and movement on our belly bugs.
Essential oils also support our microbiome and benefit our health in other ways as well. They have been found to:
- aid our brains’ rehabilitation and help with neuroplasticity
- calm our minds
- balance our mood and emotions
- assist our digestion
- support the ability to form forming healthier habits
This in turn influences our gut-brain.
You can find a list of essential oils and their actions on my database. Choose your favorite and start enjoying a happier body and belly…without getting too health obsessed!
Click here to read more updated news on the microbiome, health, nutrition, and medicine in my October 2017 Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads.
I’ll continue informing you about some interesting aspects to the gut-brain.
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)