Writing Exercise #3

This week we have dived into gut microbial health. Below is a list of behaviors that an individual could engage in that could cause changes to their gut microbial community.

  1. Moving to a different location.  This could mean moving to an environment that is a different climate than what one was used to. Different types of microbes flourish in different settings.
  2. Change in diet. All bacteria metabolize food differently. If an individual were to add significant amounts of fat to their diet, it could overwhelm the microbial gut community causing them to malfunction leading to disease. On the other hand if one were to start including probiotics or fiber, that could change gut health in a positive way.
  3. Vaccinations. Vaccinations affect immune system operations thus affecting gut microbial communities. Certain cells responsible for controlling and monitoring immune health work directly with the microbiome in an individual so they know what is harmful and what is not.
  4. Poor hygiene.  Not practicing proper hygiene can introduce new microbes into one’s gut. It’s important that everyone does their part to ensure that disease and harmful bacteria does not spread.

Writing Exercise #1

A non-infectious disease that could potentially be influenced by microbials is cancer. Cancer is a tricky disease especially since there are many different types, location in the body and gene mutations that cause the disease in an individual. Microbes may influence those mutations and affect how cell’s respond and edit those mutations when copying DNA. This could also be the case in cardiovascular, kidney, digestive and neural diseases. Microbes could be the cause of the body’s inability to process material properly. This could involve processing toxic material out of the body, absorbing proper nutrients or even making conscious, reasonable decisions mentally. Microbes, although tiny, have the potential of doing damage and throwing off the body’s natural tendency to remain in homeostasis.