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If You Treated Your Microbiome Like You Do Your Plant, Pet or Kombucha SCOBY, You'd Probably Look After It Better Than You Do Yourself

HealthAlana Holloway

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been guilty of looking after our plant, pet or kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Community of Bacteria and Yeast) better than we do ourselves, right?


Do they have enough light and water; are they too hot; is that too much sunlight?  Do they need to go the groomers; be walked?  I’ll buy them this little toy, just because. Aw, they want to play!  I can’t feed them that - they can only eat organic/raw food! Oh! What have I done?  I bet I fed it too much sugar again, or perhaps kept it in the wrong place, or maybe it’s because the water I used was wrong!  GAH!

It’s crazy behaviour when you think about it, eh.  So why do we do it?!  I’m sure there’s a study out there somewhere, digging into the psychology of it all.  My guess?  It’s got a lot to do with feelings of responsibility, failure, reward (when it all goes right), companionship, and a constant visual reminder of your success as a plant/pet/booch parent, all rolled into one.  It’s easy to see when a plant droops, a pet will soon let you know if they’re not happy and bad tasting booch… I just can’t cope!  

We droop and it can be pretty obvious when we’re not happy, too!  But we’re much easier to neglect and ignore.



Let’s go with the notion that all disease (dis-ease) begins in the gut.  Hippocrates said that.  Whilst I’m mostly in agreement with the statement, I do feel it’s a little over simplified.  To me, it paints the picture that it’s a solely a physical problem that needs to be fixed, not mentioning influencing factors such as diet, stress, sleep, lifestyle choices and movement. Much like our beloved pets and plants.   

But hang on… if we bring all of that together, we might be on to something. 

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If you’ve been hanging around these parts for a while, you’ll already know this.   

Your gut is home to your very own, live in, pet, plant and SCOBY, all rolled into one… YOUR MICROBIOME! You therefore have full permission to look after it, maybe even better than you do yourself!   

Basic rules apply: 

  • Feed it the right food; it loves lots of variety, fibre and ferments

  • Make sure it never goes thirsty

  • Treat is to regular exercise and movement

  • Make sure it gets enough rest

  • Reduce the stress it’s exposed to; play, meditation and breath-work are some of its favourite things to do!

So there you have it.  Treat your microbiome with the same love, care and attention as you give your plant, pet and SCOBY and you’ll be onto a winner. 

Until next time,