Our microbiomes are mini-ecosystems that can cause drastic changes to our overall health. This tricky little network can affect our noses, throats, skin, digestive systems, and so much more!
It’s no surprise that scientists have found conclusive evidence that our gut health plays a huge role in the development of severe food allergies.
With new studies and treatments on the horizon, this research may help to develop microbiome-based therapies to prevent or treat food allergies! And considering that there are nearly 6 million kiddos in this country who live with food allergies, these developments can’t come soon enough.
In the meantime, here are a few ways you can help promote a healthy microbiome for the ones that you love—and get this—it starts in the kitchen!
- Load up on fiber & vegetables. Vegans and vegetarians have the right idea. Fiber feeds our good bacteria, and the simplest way to create a healthy microbiome is with veggies. Oh, and speaking of vegetables, mix it up! The more varieties you can implement into your family’s diet, the better.
- Ditch the hygiene obsession. Sure, none of us want dirt, grime, and mud tracked into our homes, but as it turns out, a little dirt never hurt anybody! Antibacterial sprays, sanitizers, and soaps may do more harm than good.
- Take it slow! We live in a fast-paced world, and we race to get the kids to school, soccer practice, and play-dates. But when it comes to how we eat, we need to take our time. Bad bacteria thrive when you scarf down your food!
Our bodies are complex, fascinating, and oh-so-beautiful! Our microbial health should be top of mind!