Have you ever heard about the “microbiome?” It kind of sounds like a creature from another planet. Instead, it is a collection of “creatures” existing within each of us. Although I am no means an expert on this topic, in this short blog I’ll highlight some tidbits on this evolving research.
Within our body, and especially on our skin, in our nose, and in particular within our gut, we have around 100 trillion bacteria, fungi and viruses, collectively called our “microbiome.” We have 10 times more of these microbial cells living in our body than our own cells. And, believe
it or not, without these microbial cells, we wouldn’t survive. Estimates vary, but it is estimated that there are over 1,000 different species of both protective and pathogenic microorganisms within our body.
No sushi. No ready to eat meats. No soft cheese. No sunny side up eggs. Stop me if you’ve heard this from your OBGYN. If you are pregnant, you have likely been told from your doctor that there are some foods that are just off limits during your pregnancy. And no, your OBGYN isn’t being mean, there are legitimate health risks associated with eating these foods due to the potential pathogens that may inhabit them. Prior to being pregnant, your body may fight these bugs off or you would get sick for a few days and that would be the end of it. However, now that you have a baby on board, you are at greater risk for foodborne illness that may also put your baby at risk. Avoiding these foods while pregnant will protect you and your child from harmful bacteria, toxins, and chemicals. Here’s a rund...