Respecting the microbiota
The microbiota associated with the human body (intestine, vagina, skin, lung, mouth) is a part of an infinitely larger whole. In fact, by definition a microbiota is a set of microorganisms that live in a specific environment : the microbiome
It is true there are other large microbiota outside the body:
Microbiota of the soil (Earth)
Microbiota of the air (Air)
Microbiota of the ocean (Water)
We live in a microbiotic environment that we know to be fragile.
By nature, we are the centre of this environment. Ecological issues remind us of it constantly.
Also, we might believe that by respecting nature and its microbiota, we make the commitment to respect our bodies and its specific microbiota.
In our everyday life, respect is a concept that appears very familiar but in spite of everything remains unclear as it is complex.
For healthcare, we talk more about respecting one’s body.
Given that our health is governed by our microbiota, the condition of which has a considerable influence on our general condition of health, it is now essential to introduce an attitude of respect for the microbiota, for achieving incarnation of self-respect.
Respecting one’s microbiota is, aboveall, respecting oneself by becoming responsibly involved in seeking health.
In particular, this implies identifying factors that can deteriorate it and predispose to major diseases.
We all know them:
- Personal hygiene
- Certain medications such as antibiotics
- Breast feeding
- Way of delivery (natural or by Caesarean)
- Immune stress
Since everyone has a unique microbiota, respecting the microbiota is a personal and intimate venture that raises the concept of difference between beings.
As we are aware that we should take care of our external environment (ecology), we must nos also look after our internal environment.
Reflection and recent commitments in the ecological field must be extended to everyone’s healthcare.