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MICROBIOME 101, A SHORT LESSON

Scientists are discovering the wondrous influence of a balanced microbiome. 

The microbiome is the active microbial eco-system (or community) that lives in or on an animal’s body - over 100 trillion microbes plus their genes. 

The genes in an animal’s microbiome outnumber the genes in its genome by about 100 to 1.

While microbiota live on virtually every surface of the animal’s body (skin microbiota, respiratory microbiota, etc.), by far the greatest concentration of these invisible creatures is in the gut.

The gut microbiota (formerly called gut flora) are the worker bees that perform the important bodily functions.

The gut microbiota’s primary task is to enable food to be fully digested and nutrients to be metabolised. Another key job for the gut microbiota is to maintain a healthy gut by nourishing the cells of the gut wall. This wall is only one cell thick, with the animal’s immune system sitting on the other side.

 

To promote a healthy microbiome you need five things:

  1. A powerful probiotic. 
  2. A pre-biotic to keep the probiotic alive. 
  3. Fermented foods. 
  4. Brewed foods. 
  5. Green foods.

 

MICROBIOME SUPPORT contains all five:

  1. Bacillus Subtilis Natto. 
  2. Non digestible short-chain fatty acids. 
  3. Naturally fermented. 
  4. Naturally brewed. 
  5. Concentrated kelp extract.

 

The gut is increasingly being referred to as the second brain as it influences the feel good serotonin and other neurochemical levels in the animal’s body. A microbiome in good shape also results in good animal mental health by promoting calmness and balance. When the microbiome is out of balance the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters drops, which may result in anxiety, depression and a negative attitude in horses.

 

Signs of an unhealthy microbiome:

  • Physical: Ulcers Poor Coat Poor Condition Picky Appetite
  • Mental: Anxiety Depression Lack of Focus Negative Attitude

 

Signs of a healthy microbiome after MICROBIOME SUPPORT:

  • Physical: Weight Gain Great Coat Extra Top-line Good Appetite
  • Mental: Calmness Optimism Clear Focus Balance
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