The Ecology of Humans (42) Constitution


A significant element of what is called a person’s constitution comes from the microbial environment of the intestine. The process starts in the womb, where microbes are transferred from mother.

Out in the world, the digestive environment is constantly shaped by food consumption and other intake. This individualizes the biological constituency and intricate microbial ecology of the colon.

Emotions play a role in the quality of digestion: affecting activity in the intestine, including mucus secretion, as well as the amounts and quality of enzymes produced, and the kind of bacteria that grow there.

Emotional complexes affect the body as a feedback system. Disposition, such as chronic anger, shapes the quality of intestinal mucus and alters the bacteria mix in the gut. The intestinal microbial environment of healthy oldsters is radically different than those who are senile.

Genetic heritage has been misidentified as the major factor in one’s biological makeup. A person’s physiologic and immunologic profile is a product of diet, digestion, activity, and attitude.

We are walking food tubes with brains attached. When it comes to fueling a system for performance, what goes on in the mind can be as important as what goes into the mouth.

The term constitution is colloquial for holotype, which is the summation of every influence on an organism. Constitution commonly refers to a person’s physical robustness (“a strong constitution”). It is a good starting point. A person’s constitution is sustained by a good diet. Your health becomes what you eat, and how much.