Today is the 2nd annual World Microbiome Day!
A lot has been written about the human “microbiome,” the trillions of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and viruses in the body, that scientists say may hold important answers for our health issues.
But there’s more to the story about “microbiomes.” These communities of bacteria also live in plants, animals and are ubiquitous in the environment.
Sponsors of World Microbiome Day hope to raise public and research interest in the importance of “microbes” and the positive impact they can have on the world.
This event was launched by the SFI Research Centre APC Microbiome Ireland, a research center supported by the EU-funded project Microbiome Support and the European Food Information Council. A full schedule of events is planned in countries around the world to celebrate World Microbiome Day.
The theme of this year’s event is “Antibiotic Resistance,” which according to organizers, was chosen to turn a spotlight on the fact that overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics making them ineffective.
In the U.S., research interest in the microbiome has been, in large part, prompted by results of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year, $2.7 trillion initiative to map the human genome. During the long course of this international project, researchers became more aware that humans are not just a product of their genes but that our genetic material may also be importantly impacted by the genomes of the body’s bacterial inhabitants.
In 2017, Kirkman® introduced a three-product microbiome regime based on what most scientists agree is required for microbial balance, which involves removing microbes that could be problematic and adding good microbes that support a healthy microbiome.
These products include:
This product is a hypoallergenic blend of natural ingredients known to support the body’s detoxification pathways. These natural pathways are mechanisms for removing environmental contaminants, which can invade the body from toxins in the air, water, food or other environmental sources.
Though a thorough genetic evaluation is needed to fully analyze the current state of a person’s microbiome, adding beneficial bacteria by taking a high strength probiotic is a strategic way of getting a good “head start” toward a healthy microbiome. The two most important groups of
beneficial bacteria residing in the intestines are the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, which this product features.
In situations where undigested protein fragments are left in the gut, a healthy microbiome can become unhealthy because of the disrupted messaging that has resulted. Individuals particularly sensitive to these undigested protein fragments can experience very negative responses, which often manifest themselves as pain or negative behavior. DPP-IV™ can support the digestion of these undigested protein fragments and help prevent these undesirable responses.
Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme with DPP-IV™ provides a comprehensive “foundation” of supplemental enzymes to support optimal digestion. Each enzyme works independently, but also in a complementary role to optimally impact digestion of all dietary components.