The word microbiome is defined as the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment, creating a sort of “mini-ecosystem”.
The terrain theory was initiated by Claude Bernard (1813 – 1878), and later built upon by Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908). They believed that the “terrain” or “internal environment” determined the state of health. When a body is functioning in homeostasis, and immunity and detoxification is operating well, there is a healthy terrain which can handle various pathogenic microorganisms that inevitably enter the body.
In essence, the quality of the terrain and the elements it faces determines an individual’s susceptibility to dis-ease.
Plants and crops are known to grow and thrive MUCH better in soil/terrain that is loaded with microbes; that has not been treated with toxic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers, (as many as 40,000 microbe species can be found in one gram of healthy soil).
Just as this is a fact in the plant world, it is a fact in the animal world and our dog’s bodies must have a healthy biological terrain to keep their immune system primed and balanced in order to thrive.
If the body is fed a diet that provides adequate amounts of naturally occurring, live nutrition, nurtured with love as well as getting adequate amounts of sunlight, clean filtered water, etc., just like a healthy garden, it will flourish with vitality and support a strong immune system.
The internal terrain is also influenced by the amount of healthy gut bacteria present and the transit time of food, through the gut.
Optimal gastrointestinal health depends on the balance of microscopic interplay between billions of beneficial (“good”) and pathogenic (“bad”) bacteria. Both are needed for normal bowel functions. A well-maintained balance between these opposing microorganisms is essential for a properly functioning digestive tract and to prevent toxins from building up.
About 400 species of these “good bugs” inhabit the intestines. Their total population is about 100 times the number of cells in your body. Remarkably, these microorganisms coexist peacefully in a carefully balanced internal ecosystem. As long as they flourish, they prevent pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria and fungi from colonizing. In this way, beneficial bacteria help keep your dog healthy. If the delicate intestinal environment is a disrupted, pathogenic bacterium, parasites and fungi such as clostridia, salmonella, staphylococcus, Blastocystis hominis and Candida albicans often move in, multiply and attack the beneficial bacteria.
More next time.