Dr. Kourosh Maddahi - April 2020


APRIL 2020

Understanding the Microbiome


Most people think of bacteria as a bad thing. The very idea of bacteria is distasteful. You wash your hands and brush your teeth with the intent of cleaning away bacteria, not wanting them on or around you. However, bacteria are an essential part of life. It’s estimated there are 100 trillion bacterial cells in the average healthy adult. Your body is comprised of about 10 trillion cells. So, it’s safe to say you’re outnumbered! Bacteria play a crucial role in good health. While most people associate bacteria with disease or infection, the truth is that most bacteria we come in contact with, or live with, are good bacteria. These are bacteria you need to live a healthy life. They make up your microbiome, and there are several different “microbiota” throughout the body, including the mouth, eyes, ears, nose, skin, birth canal, and gut. There are bacteria in your gut, for example, that help to synthesize biotin and vitamin K within your body. Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for blood coagulation. It also helps your bones and teeth absorb calcium. Without these bacteria, your health and well-being would be severely compromised. Other bacteria in the body help stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin, which affect mood. More research is coming out that has linked a healthy gut biome with reduced anxiety and depression. In other words, some people who experience depression may be able to link that depression to a disrupted gut biome. The mouth, another biome, is a critical one. The mouth is the gateway to the body, and roughly 80% of diseases are passed through the mouth. The other 10% are passed through breathing and the final 10% through sexual contact. If the mouth is the gateway to the body, why wouldn’t we want to protect it the best we can? Many people don’t understand how important the bacteria in their mouth really are. Here’s a startling fact: About 98% of the bacteria in your mouth are good bacteria. They’re crucial to your oral and whole-body health. This is exactly why we carefully crafted the Lumineux Oral Essentials products in such a way as to not kill the good bacteria.

The remaining 2% of bacteria in your mouth are harmful bacteria, the ones responsible for decay and infection. The problem is most people use oral care products that destroy all bacteria — the 2% bad and the 98% good. Most companies that produce oral care products don’t make the distinction between the good and bad bacteria. For marketing purposes, they claim all bacteria are the same: bad. As a result, these products kill the protective cells that contribute to our health and wellness. And the mouth biome isn’t the only biome that has been negatively affected. A lot of people overuse antibacterial soaps and detergents, which eliminate good and bad bacteria on your skin and hair follicles. When you eat meat from animals treated with antibiotics or fruits and vegetables treated with pesticides, you put your gut biome at serious risk. The best way to protect your microbiome is to be cognizant of what you eat and what skin care and oral care products you use. When you help your microbiome stay healthy, you keep yourself healthy. It’s a symbiotic relationship you benefit from every day of your life.

-Dr. Maddahi

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