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A recent NPR article helped shed some light on a fascinating new field of scientific inquiry, namely how important our microbe population is to keeping us healthy and alive. We are rapidly coming to understand that we cannot live with our microbes, the trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that live in and on our bodies.

These microbes live on our skin and in our guts. They live in our noses and in the mucus our body uses to protect itself. Scientists featured in the article report that our bodies are home to 10 times more microbial cells than bodily cells. Their numbers are so staggering that as much as 99% of the genes in (and on) our bodies are microbes’ genes and not our own. But it is a mistake to think of these microbes as foreign. They are as much a part of what makes us “us” as the color of our eyes and our genetic inheritance.

Me and My Microbiome
Scientists are calling your microbiome, which includes the critical balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, the 11th organ system because of its many functions. Your microbiome:

  • Supports healthy digestion and immunity from your center, your gut
  • Shapes the way your immune system handles invaders by “teaching” the body which microbes are healthy and which aren’t from birth
  • Contributes to how much fat you store and how much energy you have
  • Signals the brain to impact your mood and behavior

The NPR article went on to reveal that Americans are at a microbial disadvantage due to the inundation of antibiotics in our society. We are exposed to a smaller pool of microbes and so our microbiomes are less diverse. A diverse microbiome is a strong microbiome that may be able to handle health challenges more effectively.

Remembering that our microbiome is such a pervasive part of our health is key. Not all microbes are germs to be avoided at all costs, and you need healthy microbes such as beneficial bacteria to stay healthy.

Source: “Staying Healthy May Mean Learning to Love our Microbiomes” NPR blog, July 2013


Written by Renew Life

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  • renewlifesupport

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    Years ago packaging for probiotics was different and they needed to be refrigerated or they would lose their potency. Now the Renew Life packaging insures potency during travel and on store shelves. It’s not until you open the seal on the bottle that we then suggest you refrigerate the product. Probiotics maintain potency best below 73 degrees F. So the answer to your question is no – it doesn’t lose potency on shelves or in shipping and stores where you see probiotics on their shelves are not damaging the products. Thanks for asking.

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