It's actually about you and your microbiome.
I've been posting quite a few articles on Facebook about the microbiome and its importance. So much of the research that's come out lately has been about how disruptions in the microbiome can lead to some pretty serious problems.
According to studies from University of Washington, the microbiome of the gut accounts for more than 100 trillion cells. That's Trillion - with a "T". In fact, microbes outnumber human cells at least 10 to one and provide more than 200 times the amount of genes as are in the human genome. I'm going to let that sink in just a little bit... 100 Trillion. 200 times. And the majority of those critters live in the large intestine.
The gut microbiome controls how and what we digest, a lot of what nutrients we get from it, protects us from other critters (the bad kinds), and produce (or aid in the production of) a lot of our hormones and even neurotransmitters.
We know that the function of the microbiome and the integrity of the gut are absolutely crucial to our health and well-being. Having an intact gut wall means that we're able to do all of those important digestive things, (with the help of the right bacteria), but also to protect the body from those critters. One of the greatest assaults that happens at the hands of bacteria is a byproduct of gram negative bacteria called "lipopolysaccharides" (or LPS). This byproduct leads to signs of infection in the body and in the blood (as elevated white blood cells). Elevated LPS can also contribute to the development of autoimmune disorders like Celiac, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The type (and the number) of critters matter.
Since there are entire divisions of the government studying this topic, dissertations being written as we speak, and I know we'll be addressing this topic in more depth again, I'll leave it at this.
For more information, check out some of the articles I have posted on Facebook, and see the ones below. We'll be talking about this again.