The Macro Reality of Microbiota
Several studies are now suggesting that the gut microbiome, a collection of over 100 trillion microbes that reside in the digestive tract, is more important than we ever imagined, and potentially interwoven with many of the ailments discussed in this article. The microbiome has been shown to have a profound impact on a wide range of physiological processes, from digestion to immune function and mental health. French company Biocodex was one of
the first to intuit that something of great relevance was hiding in our bacteria; “founded back in mid-50's, our founders have always felt that gut health held far more than meets the eye” says CEO Nicolas Coudurier. Marie-emmanuelle Le Guern, VP Research & Development , tells us that “recent data have provided compelling evidence that the gut microbiota of patients with Parkinson’s, depressive disorders or autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show a different composition compared to healthy people.” According to Le Guern, "It seems that the “western modern diet” is an example of perturbation that leads to minor microbiota alteration.” Other agents pointed at lately have been the abuse of antibiotics, which data suggest kills some of the gut’s beneficial bacteria as mentioned by the Biocodex Microbiota Institute.