Angelo Coppola’s LatestInPaleo podcast always make me nod and gasp in agreement and epiphany, but episode #119 made me holler.
Gut biomes! Who knew they could be so exciting?
Consider this. The health of our gut bacteria directly correlates to our own health–not only our digestive health, but our whole body and mind health.
It could be said that if we treat our guts well, they reward us by causing us to feel well (and vice versa).
As humans, we would probably think that this relationship would be for the goal of our own well-being.
BUT. WHAT IF.
What if the goal is for the well-being of the bacteria? Our bacteria outnumber us millions to one. What if it is their well-being that is most essential, that we are merely a vehicle for their environment? What if the rewards we get from treating them well are just an impetus for us to be the best possible host for this thriving microbiome?
What if it is not our bacteria, but we are its human?
I love this idea, as a way to counter the cultural meme of the primacy of humans (or even mammals, “sentient” beings, etc.) on earth.
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