There has been a lot of buzz recently about the microbiome. This refers to the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microscopic organisms that are found inside and outside of our bodies.
Quite a few of us were probably raised thinking all germs are bad and we should do everything we can to wipe them out. This attitude has resulted in a flood of anti-microbial products on the shelves and the overuse of antibiotics for conditions that do not require or benefit from such interventions.
Numerous studies have resulted in a better understanding of the role the microbiome plays in health. The undeniable evidence indicates that early exposure of children to dirt and the avoidance of antimicrobial cleansers is beneficial to well-being. This is forcing us to rethink germs and ask ourselves how our attitudes toward hyper-cleanliness and diet are affecting our long term health.
Drs. Brett Finlay and Jennifer Gardy recently spoke about the microbiome at an event hosted by Genome BC. This engaging discussion explored the importance of microbes, reminding us that antibiotics and antimicrobials also wipe out the good bacteria, which are paramount to our health and well-being.
Microbes are everywhere, and we have a symbiotic relationship with them. There are indications that exposing our children to microbes through the dirt they play in, our pets, or even what they eat could mitigate the onset of asthma, allergies and gut issues among other things.
If you missed this GeneTalk, the video is available online. As well, the information graphic below will help you rethink germs and learn how to live healthy with your microbes.
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