Maintaining A Healthy Microbiome

By InfuzeMD on 02/20/2019

 
 
 
At Infuze MD, we’re proud to provide high-quality IV vitamin drip treatments, ozone therapy, and other integrative medicine treatments such as stem cell therapy to help our patients maintain optimal overall health. As medical science advances, we learn more and more about the endless complexities that affect our day-to-day well-being. One of the most striking developments has been our understanding of the importance of the body’s microbiome, which is the complex, perfectly-balanced ecosystem of bacteria and microorganisms that live on and inside of us. A healthy microbiome is critical to both physical and mental health. Continue reading below to learn how to cultivate and maintain a healthy microbiome, and be sure to book an appointment at our Milpitas integrative medicine clinic to meet with our doctor an develop a personalized plan to restore your microbiome to its optimal functionality.

Caring for Your Microbiome

While we tend to think of ourselves as a singular organism, a growing body of research is demonstrating that we are ecosystems in ourselves. The human body is estimated to contain roughly 30 trillion cells – but living in tandem are more than 39 trillion bacterial cells, populating every area of both the gastrointestinal tract and the skin. These bacteria have a dramatic effect on our health and well-being, affecting everything from digestion and nutrition absorption to mood.

Thankfully, maintaining a healthy microbiome is relatively simple. For most people, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is sufficient for keeping the gut microbiome healthy. Different species of bacteria thrive on different foods, so eating a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar will support populations of bacteria that thrive on these substances, and consequently create a poorer microbiome. Conversely, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats will promote the growth of bacteria that thrive on these, helping to keep the gut microbiome healthy.

When it comes to the skin, one simple step to supporting a healthy microbiome is to avoid showering every day and to never use antibacterial soaps or body washes. While this sounds counterintuitive, a major step to a healthy skin microbiome is to simply keep it as it is: using antibacterial products on the skin wipes out bacterial populations there, leaving the skin vulnerable to colonization and infection by harmful bacteria.

How to Heal Your Microbiome

In some cases, maintenance is not enough: if you’re finding yourself with GI problems, persistent skin irritations, or even a different smell than you’re used to, you may need to repair your microbiome. Probiotics can help to restore gut microbiomes, as can dietary supplements such as Restore. For the skin microbiome, it can help to take a yogurt bath for severe imbalances. Finally, both ozone therapy and stem cell therapy are highly effective treatments for correcting any microbiomes that are seriously out of alignment.

Contact Your Milpitas Integrative Medicine Clinic

We hope this article helps you cultivate and maintain a healthier, more balanced microbiome. We also encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abellera to learn how you can use integrative medicine tactics such as ozone therapy, stem cell therapy, and IV vitamin drips to restore the health of your microbiome. Contact us today to learn more about our integrative medicine treatments and schedule a consultation for better health and wellness. We look forward to hearing from you!