We used to think that our bodies were predominantly made up of Human Cells and that Bacteria were bad for us. We learned that there are more bacterial cells that human cells standing in our shoes. When you think about the gut and micro biome it’s important to realize that 99% of the DNA associated with our bodies is non-human. Only 1% is human and 99% bacterial, viral and some fungal. The vast majority of these bacteria live in our large Colon
When we understand that, we begin to understand that we, you are actually eating for two. 1) we eat to feed our human cells and 2) we eat to feed our gut biome. It turns out that the Gut Biome is critical in how we process foods, extract nutrients, extract calories, how we detoxify and maintain integrity of our intestinal tract and how that integrity improves our immune system. Having an intact intestinal tract with a healthy gut biome improves our immunity to fight invaders and cancer cells and decreases our chance for auto immunity.