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Microbiome: What is it, who has it, and where does it come from?

The microbiome refers to the microorganisms (fung,bacteria, and archaea) in the body. These microbiota form physical layers that protect their various environments and work to maintain the body's health and homeostasis in various ways, such as aiding in bodily functions, preventing harmful pathogens from growing, even production of energy and vitamins for cells to use.

By now many know that there is a microbiome of the gut that aides our digestion which is why probiotics are prized for digestive health. However, recent studies have she light on other microbiomes of the body in places such as the mouth and reproductive organs. New studies have even come about focused on the microbiome of the skin.

Our skin the largest organ of the body and the most exposed to environmental hazards natural and otherwise and it is the only thing that stands between our internal tissues and those elements. The skin's microbiota work in symbiosis with the skin to prevent an innumerable amount of pathogens from passing through to the deep layers of the epidermis and into the body.

Honestly, the last thing anyone wants to think about is germs on or in the body. However, we not only need to think about them but we must change our thinking in regards to them. While we want to get rid of the harmful pathogenic microbes that may be lingering on the skin, it is a must that we keep in balance the beneficial microbes that aide our skin. Disturbance of the microbiome is referred to as dysbiosis and when it's left uncorrected it can lead to more serious health problems.

To combat dysbiosis of the skin there are a few things we can do and practices to be mindful of daily. Washing with gentle soaps that won't strip the skins natural oils and don't have harmful chemicals such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and detergents is a start. The Banathya Botanicals Essential Oil Bars are skin-loving bar soaps with no detergents, artificial ingredients, or harmful chemicals. Be wise about sanitizers and limit their use as over sanitizing the skin is highly destructive to the microbiome since sanitizers are indiscriminate of good or bad bacteria. Maintaining a healthy diet that includes pre- and probiotics is another great way to support the all the body's microbiomes as these will stimulate the growth of those beneficial microbes. Finally, use simplified products with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and avocado oil or sweet almond oil that will help restore the lipid barrier of the skin and restore it when compromised. Our Golden glow Body Oil is a wonderful light weight moisture sealant that infuses nourishing avocado Oil with botanicals and resins that help restore skins integrity and trap it's moisture. We hope this helps. From Banathya to you with care!

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