Microbiome refers to the collection of genomes from all the microorganisms in the environment. Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of trillions of such microorganisms (collectively referred to as microbiota) and their genetic materials that live in your intestinal tract (aka your gut).
This microbiota, mainly comprising of bacteria, are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing.
Decoding Pandora’s Box
While the microbiome is receiving increasing attention in both research (with more than 50 000 studies!) and peaking media interest, what we know so far about gut microbiota is just the tip of the iceberg.
Gut microbiota is highly individualized, and even within the same individual, is highly dynamic within short term, therefore we still lack a good definition of a “healthy microbiome”.
What we can do is help microbiomes survive and thrive with drinks and foods that support good gut health. With 39 Billion live probiotics Hemp Oz Kombucha is scientifically created to support the health & wellness of your gut.
5 Truths About Your Microbiome:
- A healthy gut microbiota produces happy hormones
The collection of microbes that make up our microbiome have co-evolved with the host over thousands of years to form an intricate and mutually beneficial relationship.
These microbes not only create metabolites such as vitamins and enzymes, but also produce, secrete, respond to and regulate the levels of our hormones. This may affect the hosts metabolism, immunity, mood and behaviour.
Serotonin, our happy neurotransmitter for the brain, dopamine and norepinephrine are actually produced in the gut.
- Your microbiome is more than just bacteria.
When most people think of our microbiome, it’s generally connotated with bacteria. The microbes in and on us also include fungi, protozoa (organism that feed on organic matter) and viruses.
Such diversity and population has meant the microbiome of humans is also known as our second genome with an estimated 200 times the amount of genomic content as the human genome.
These single celled organisms existed long before us and have formed a symbiotic relationship that allows both parties to travel, thrive, and survive.
- coli is a necessary resident of your gut
Most strains are not harmful but are actually part of the healthy bacterial flora in the human gut helping digest the foods we eat, producing vitamin B12 and Chorismate (vital in preventing blood clotting and promoting food absorption). Chorismate produces enterobactin, a compound that helps cells take up iron and relieve constipation, increasing number of bowel movements per day and the frequency of days on which bowel movements occur. This is important it stimulates your body to dispose of waste once you has absorbed all usable nutrients from food - preventing unrest in the gut and improving overall wellbeing.
Ultimately E. coli maintains a friendly environment for its anaerobic neighbours by consuming oxygen that enters the gut, and perhaps most importantly, competitively excludes pathogens from its niche in the gut.
- Bacteria needs fibre
Think the only reason you need fibre is to push out a healthy poop? Think again!
There is much more to it than that. Bacteria digest what we eat (prebiotics) and excrete metabolites (postbiotics). These will either be beneficial or detrimental to your body, depending on what you feed your gut.
The most beneficial postbiotics encourage a healthy microbiome. These come from a combination of soluble and insoluble fibres that are found in a plant based, whole food rich diets as well as fermented foods.
- 2 kg of your weight may be microbes
There may be up to 5 000 microbial species, including 1 000 bacterial species, residing in and on any one person. With the number of microorganisms inhabiting each one of us being estimated to exceed 10 trillion. This may mean there are up to 10 times more microbial cells than the number of human cells that make up the entire human body, estimating the weight of your microbiome at an average of 2kg.
How Kombucha Can Support Good Health
Kombucha and other fermented foods are full of antioxidants and probiotics, also known as live bacteria, that boost the health of intestinal cells, improving immune function and aid in food digestion. But not all kombucha is made equal with some kombucha brands coming under scrutiny for lightly pasteurizing their product. This, while giving the product a longer shelf life, kills this live bacteria that we’re after. In assembling the product, rather than cultivating it, there is a compromised result.
Hemp Oz Kombucha is scientifically created with 39 Billion live probiotics in every bottle to support good gut health and enabling the microbiome to thrive and survive.
In 2019 Hemp Oz Kombucha underwent an independent early stage clinical trail. The trial was very successful and the results were very encouraging. The recruitment for the scientific study was targeted at people that had either been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes or were diagnosed as pre-diabetic.
The Results of the clinical trial were very promising. Seventy five percent (75 %) of participants experienced astonishing results and saw a dramatic improvement, up to 1.5mmol/L in fasting blood sugar levels while thirty one percent (31%) of participants found that drinking Kombucha everyday resolved their diabetic symptoms completely.
With such promising results Hemp Oz decided to undertake additional research with the Western Sydney University to ascertain the probiotic profile, volume and impact on the microbiome. The initial results have revealed that Hemp Oz Kombucha has the highest probiotic content (39 billion live probiotics in a 330ml bottle) and the broadest probiotic culture of a number of Kombuchas on the market. Making it so much more than just a refreshing beverage.