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.
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