Across the fields of science and medicine, especially since the mid-twentieth century, researchers have discovered that the human body is not “alone” – it lives in concert with trillions of microorganisms that exist inside and on the body, outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. “Microbiome” (a combination of the words “microbe” and “biome”) refers to these bacteria, viruses, and fungi, as well as their activities in their environment. What is fascinating is that these microbes are not just along for the ride. Some of them, particularly bacteria, have been found to play an essential role in the health of their human host. For example, bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract enable the digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients that would otherwise not be possible. And research has found there is a “gut-brain axis” – biochemical pathways going both ways between the gut and the brain to trigger chemical processes that affect health outcomes.
A full serving (3 scoops) will give you significant portions of protein and dietary fiber (as well as nutrients) so that your shake is truly a meal replacement. However, people who are not used to a high-fiber diet would benefit from starting out with less than a full serving so that their digestive system can adjust to all the new fiber over a week or two. The body will benefit from the protein and nutrients in a partial serving– and the microbes in the intestines will be happy that new fiber is being introduced!
No, any blender that can handle pieces of fresh fruit or veggies will work fine. Any basic blender will do – we’ve used NutriBullet, Ninja, Vitamix, etc. to mix our Microbiotic Kitchen shake base with liquid and pieces of fruit and veggies.
If you are adding frozen fruits or vegetables, you may need to defrost large pieces unless you have a heavy-duty blender. Plus, chopping fresh fruits and vegetables into manageably sized pieces is recommended for whichever blender you use.