Meet the Microbiome
Contrary to popular belief, not all germs are bad. In fact, your body is home to about 100 trillion good bacteria that can be found in your gut. This good bacteria is important for your overall health and survival. To demonstrate why, let's discuss your gut microbiome.
Trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi make up your body and sinuses. We like to call these substances gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome plays a vital role in your health as it aids digestion, boosts your immune system, and more.
Since your sinuses, nose, and mouth are extensions of your digestive tract, a compromised gut can result in problems with your sinuses. When your gut microbiome has a healthy balance, however, your sinuses can enjoy optimal health. Therefore, it is vital to ensure you have a good balance of gut microbiome throughout your entire body.
Believe it or not, research has proven that an unbalanced microbiome can cause chronic inflammation. If you face chronic inflammation, you may experience a blockage of your drainage ducts and fluid in your sinuses. This can lead to infection and sinus problems.
So, what should you do to ensure your gut microbiome stays in tip-top shape. We recommend the following tips:
Diversify Your Diet
Rather than only eating certain types of foods, mix things up. Try to eat a healthy combination of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. A diverse diet can lead to a diverse gut microbiome, which is essential for your sinuses.
Opt for Fermented Foods and Take Probiotics
Yogurt and kefir are two examples of fermented foods that are packed with healthy bacteria such as Lactobacilli, which can improve your microbiome health and sinuses. You can also take probiotics on a regular basis.
Consume Whole Grains
Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and barley are packed with fiber and good carbs which can support a healthy microbiome and sinuses.
Say No to Artificial Sweeteners
If possible, reduce the amount of artificial sweeteners you consumer. Studies have demonstrated that they promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut microbiome and cause health problems with your sinuses.
Stick to Veggies
A meatless diet may help you minimize the levels of E.coli and other harmful bacteria in your body and sinuses. We know a vegetarian diet isn't right for everyone but figured this tip was still worth mentioning.
Your body has about a trillion bacterial cells, a hundred quintillion viruses, and about 10 billion fungal cells. So, what does this tell you? Your body is loaded with good germs or microbiome that you should make every effort to keep healthy.