The bacteria, fungi, viruses and archaea which live in your gut and on your skin are called your microbiome. A natural ecosystem totally cultivated by you. At least a 90 trillion of them. That is 1,500 times more humans than on the planet all squashed into your belly. What is interesting is that we only have 10 trillion human cells in our bodies, which means by cell count we are only 10% human DNA!
But as a result of toxins in our modern day society we have managed to damage these delicate mirco-organisms and now we have only 50% the variety of good microbes when compared to 70 years ago. As a result we are now experiencing an exponential increase in 21st century chronic conditions such as obesity, anxiety, diabetes, digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, allergies, skin conditions, parkinsons, brain fog, sleep issues, hot flushes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. These chronic conditions are all on the rise and are now being called NCDs (non contagious diseases) and are all being linked to damage to our microbiome.
If you are suffering from any of these NCDs it is possibly because your microbiome has become damaged and needs rebalancing with the right nutrition. Enhancing your gut health can improve your immune system, sleep, menopausal symptoms and energy levels, whilst reducing body fat, joint pain and digestive issues.
Working in the field of mental and physical health for 30 years, my career has encompassed the emotional state of our brains, how this is intricately linked to the physical health of our bodies and how targeted nutrition to heal the gut can address many of the health concerns facing society today. For me, it is the final piece in the jigsaw when it comes to repairing our health both mentally and physically.