Stress and the Microbiome

Stress and the Microbiome

by Scott Estrada

Stress – either we mitigate it or it will separate us from our true identity.  We are created to be one of the most regenerative, miracle forces of nature.

Everyone experiences stress at some point. Some are aware of its onset, and may do things to release from its grips. Many aren’t aware when it creeps up, and “normalize” it. When we are aware of our stressors; we begin to see the larger picture. It all connects! If we can see this perspective, we can adjust our ecosystem to be more in balance. When we are not… we live in an ecosystem that ages us quickly, and fosters biological decline. 

Dr.Zach Bush MD puts it this way:

“If you lose the stress; hormonal, dietary, environmental and psychological- you remove the root cause of illness. What does that mean? It means we are our own solution and we have the power to change the trajectory of our own health and human health” – Dr. Zach Bush MD

The first step is to take an honest look at all the things we have a relationship with. What stressors are we allowing in because due to poor boundaries, or lack of awareness? Both can be transformed! Lack of boundaries and personal awareness aren’t the only contributors to unhealthy stress.  They are all around us, and can be tricky to spot. Environmental stressors affect our microbiome- which orchestrates the function of all communication in, and around us.

Here are some of the biggest stressors to human health:

  • Contaminated Soil: Soil health = Human Health. Demineralized soil affects our food supply, and is often contaminated by acid rain, heavy metals Glyphosate and other chemicals
  • Anti-biotic: We are overloaded with them in both food supply and prescription medications
  • Water and Air quality
  • Electromagnetic radiation (EMF):  Cell phones (4G/5G), WiFi, Smart Meters, IOT (Bluetooth), tech devices, blue/green light spectrum, TV
  • Mainstream media
  • Highly Processed Food: GMO’s, highly refined oils (PUFA’s)
  • De-mineralized population
  • Toxemia: buildup of toxic residues in all organisms
  • Stagnant energy/Lack of movement: shallow breathing, sun deficiency, disconnection from nature, touching the Earth
  • Lack of human to human connection: hugging/kissing, touching, contact with animals, plants
  •  Unresolved Trauma

So what do we do?

What is your low hanging fruit when you read this list? Where can you make changes to upgrade your ecosystem? Here are a few quick suggestions:

  • A water and shower filter to remove chemicals- no more plastic water bottles.
  • A veggie or  herb garden. Get connected to soil and have a little more control over your food quality if this isn’t an option you can support a local CSA box and farm.
  • Switch processed food for real whole foods, preferably local/organic.
  • 20 min daily meditation in silence and micro-silence. These breaks daily, to hear your inner voice can quiet the chaos around you
  • Get into wild spaces more to breathe more bio-diverse microbiome
  • Daily box breathing.  It helps move out of fight or flight response and encourages parasympathetic (rest/recovery) state.  This is especially effective before meals.
  • Consider disconnecting from screens at night. Replacing screen time with walks, rides, or other forms of movement and self care.

For a bigger picture on soil/human health connection I recommend this short (25min) docu-series. It brings a lot of awareness to the massive stressors impacting us, and how to be a part of the solution. 

For a deep dive into the education around these issues see: and  Biology Base Camp Community Connect program

The time has never been more vital to create a new inner ecosystem so we can rebuild how we occupy this planet on the outside. 

We are the solution!


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