The Ultimate Social Network – The Microbiome– PART 1

Doctor shows information: gut mircobiome

90% of the cells in our body are not human. The trillions of tiny bacteria living inside of us are called the microbiome. Our body contains ten times more microbes than human cells and one hundred times more microbial DNA than human DNA. All the microbes inside of us are collectively known as the microbiome. Think of the microbiome as the microbe club in your body.

This whole separate ecology is the ultimate social network. It is inextricably linked to our body operating efficiently. When we live a lifestyle that keeps our microbiome at peak efficiency, our weight and our health improve. By contrast, when we consume foods and medicines that throw our inner ecology out of balance, we put ourselves at risk for a host of illness.

These microscopic organisms have a huge role to play in our health. They regulate our:

  1. Weight
  2. Immune System
  3. Mental Clarity
  4. Metabolism
  5. Mood
  6. Energy Level
  7. Appetite
  8. Cravings
  9. Gene Expression
  10. Nutrient Levels

We used to think that all microbes were unhealthy. Now we realize that most microbes are actually helpful to us, performing many important functions.

Although each microbe is small, those trillions of tiny organisms add up to a weight of about 3 pounds (same as what our brain weighs).

The Forgotten organ and Your Second Genome

The Human Genome Project began in 1990 to map the genes that make us human. Scientists hoped that by better understanding our own DNA, we would be able to unlock the genetic basis for a wide variety of illnesses. What they found, however, was that we have only 22,000 genes and all of us humans share around 99.9% of the same human DNA. The genetic differences between us are incredible tiny compared to everything we have in common.

On top of that, as we acquire our microbiome, we incorporate another 3.3 million genes – a ratio of 150:1.

Also, no two people, including identical twins, share the same microbiome. Since the genes in our microbiome outnumber human genes by 150:1  perhaps the genetic make up of our microbiome is where our diversity and uniqueness really lie.

Our own genes change slowly from generation to generation, but the lifespan of a microbe is only about 20 minutes! This means that that we can have a significant impact on rebalancing our microbiome quickly with lifestyle changes.

Want to know more? REGISTER HERE for my webinar on April 20th about Healthy Gut, Healthy Body.

What Are Autoimmune Conditions?



Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and MS, affect more than 250 million people worldwide. In the United States, they are the 3rd leading chronic disease behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. Based on twin studies, we now know that 25% of autoimmunity is genetics, and the other 75% is environmental.

 

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Dietary Recommendations for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that causes progressive deterioration of memory, thinking, language, and behavior. This gradual loss of brain function occurs over a period of time and has been associated with plaques and tangles in the brain as well as a variety of other causes including genetics, heavy metal toxicity, environmental pollutants (an inability of the body to effectively remove toxins) and oxidative stress. Since Alzheimer’s is a degenerative illness, management of one’s personal health is important. The recommendations below are intended to help reduce symptoms and possibly slow the progression of the disease.

Sanoviv Medical Institute offers amazing health guides with a functional medicine approach to different conditions and these guidelines are form Sanoviv.

Specific Dietary Recommendations

  • Since Alzheimer’s Disease may be associated with food sensitivities, try the Sanoviv Elimination diet which eliminates and helps to identify common food allergens.
  • Strictly avoid all artificial sweeteners (sucralose/Splenda, saccharin, aspartame) and food additives and preservatives (especially Monosodium Glutamate-MSG).
  • Avoid pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals by eating organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Eliminate alcohol and caffeine.
  • Eat 4-8 teaspoons of coconut oil daily. The medium chain triglycerides in this organic oil have been shown to help improve Alzheimer’s symptoms. Strictly avoid damaged fats and trans fats (deep fried foods, processed oils) as these may worsen symptoms. Your brain is made up of mostly fats. The right type of fat is beneficial to your brain and thought processes. The wrong type of fat may promote brain degeneration.
  • Drink green tea daily.

For more information about Sanoviv Health Guides go to www.Sanoviv.com or attend one of my Health and Education Retreats at Sanoviv. Learn more HERE