Your microbiome might be the most important relationship in your life.

It’s certainly the longest!

The diverse community of beneficial bacteria living in your gut can affect nearly every aspect of your health for your entire life!

Only days after we're born beneficial bacterial species that begin to colonize our gut.

These helpful bacteria come from all over our environment. Some of the earliest we get from our mom during the birthing process, breastfeeding and snuggles.

Other factors that determine the makeup of our microbiota include:

  • Geographical location

  • Genetic makeup

  • Diet

  • Sex

  • Disease/health

As we grow up and start to encounter more environmental bacteria from changing diet and experience.

By age three, our microbiota has changed a lot and developed into a "mini" version of adult gut bacteria.

Serious disease and major dietary or geographical changes might cause major changes in our microbiota. But, for the most part, healthy gut bacteria can protect themselves from significant, unhealthy changes.

As we age, our gut's bacterial community begins to shift away from healthy, SCFA producing bacteria towards bacteria that produce inflammatory metabolites.

One of the effects of these inflammatory metabolites is known as “inflammaging,” age-related changes cause an increase in systemic inflammation

There’s good news, though.

A healthy diet focusing on fiber intake, and gut health can help support a healthy microbiome and support healthy aging.

If you want to know more about age-related changes in your microbiome, read Rocking Chair or Rocking Out on our Betr Blog!

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