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Gut Microbiome Extinction

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https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-the-western-diet-has-derailed-our-evolution

 

"Many who study the microbiome suspect that we are experiencing an extinction spasm within that parallels the extinction crisis gripping the planet. Numerous factors are implicated in these disappearances. Antibiotics, available after World War II, can work like napalm, indiscriminately flattening our internal ecosystems. Modern sanitary amenities, which began in the late 19th century, may limit sharing of disease- and health-promoting microbes alike. Today’s houses in today’s cities seal us away from many of the soil, plant, and animal microbes that rained down on us during our evolution, possibly limiting an important source of novelty."

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I actually try to limit my use of antibiotics. And we try to get a good array of various bacteria in our diets. Soups with lots of stuff I don't normally eat, various dairy, fermented stuff. I used to have so many IBS symptoms until I just relaxed and started eating a wide variety of things.

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I can't figure out from the article whether this is good or bad.

3 things I eat before noon affect the gut microbiome: cinnamon, stevia, aspartame. Then for all the other meals there is hot sauce. Might as well give up without those.

Check out the scientist in a camo shirt in the photo.

"Foods they tested that had antimicrobial effects include honey, licorice, stevia... aspartame, hot sauce, herbs such as oregano, spices such as cinnamon and clove, rhubarbs, uva ursi (bear berry), and neem extract."

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/sdsu-cfc010920.php

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I'm never going to find it but I seem to recall FunkOdessey posting some  article that indicated that even after months of probiotic therapy, if you discontinued taking them, your gut flora would fairly quickly return to how it was before you started.

 

Take home message, humans ate a lot of all sorts of stuff over our development and our gut microbiome developed along with us and is likely far more resilient than we seem to think it is....don't worry about the hot sauce. 

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