You may not know it, but you are a human superorganism that lives and breathes. Your body harbors trillions of microorganisms that help maintain the functioning of your body and help protect you from disease. These microbes, mostly bacteria, are collectively known as the human microbiome.
The association between the microbiome and human health is one of the hottest topics of scientific research at this time.
When a child is born, the first bacteria that reach the baby's intestine help lay the foundation for lifelong health and immunity. Science has shown that the optimal way to "seed and feed" your baby's microbiome is through natural childbirth, where possible, skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.
With caesarean section, this could interrupt the natural microscopic processes of childbirth. It could be why babies born by caesarean section are in Increased risk of developing asthma, diabetes, celiac disease and obesity later in life
But what happens after the birth? Could we be doing things in our daily lives that are at odds with our human microbiome? And could this have consequences for our health?
The impact of a cesarean, but also with multiple antibiotic treatments, the widespread use of antibacterial products, the consumption of processed foods and even the possible loss of our close connection with nature could affect our microbiome.
Science has shown that there is a link, somehow, between an imbalance in the gut microbiome and a growing list of health conditions, from allergies to asthma, from diabetes to obesity, from intestinal disorders to some types of cancer and due to an intestinal-cerebral connection, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and autism.
So what can we do?
We are currently in production for our new movie, A probiotic life, which analyzes the things that we can all do from birth that could help protect, rebalance and restore our microbiome. The film explores the latest science to see if small changes in our diet and lifestyle can make a difference in our health; from the mode of birth to infant feeding, from eating food friendly with microbiomes to taking probiotics, from obtaining a dog to having a greater exposure to the natural world. The film also analyzes what is just around the corner in terms of building design to make it more pro-biotic and also reveals the latest exciting medical advances.
The film requires a rethinking of our relationship with bacteria. We need a "little revolution" so that we all learn to love our microbes. After all, if we do not start taking care of our microbes, how can our microbes take care of us?
If you are as fascinated with the microbiome as we are, you can find more information by observing Micronate.
Winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Life Science Film Festival, he explores the microscopic events that occur during childbirth, events that could have consequences for our health for life and, potentially, even ramifications for future generations.
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