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Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 4 Your Microbiome and Your health

Until recently, scientists focused almost solely on how microbes negatively affect humans. There has since been a realization that some microorganisms are actually beneficial to human health.

Let’s first of all define some terms:

  • The microbiota is the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body. The microbiota microorganisms contain about 30-50 trillion cells, bacteria make up the bulk  The human body itself contains about 37 trillion human cells.
  • The microbiome refers to the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment

Top Ten Facts About the Microbiome

  1. Microbial genes significantly influence how the body operates.
  2. They impact aging, digestion, the immune system, mood and more
  3. There are approximately 3.3 million microbial genes in the human body (and 2,000 functional human genes)
  4. Microbial genes outnumber human genes by a ratio of 100:1
  5. 99% of human metabolic functions in the human body are coded for bacterial DNA )
  6. Everyone’s individual microbiome is as unique as their fingerprint and comprised of hundreds of different types of bacteria.
  7. The specific number of bacteria cells varies throughout the day and is always turning over.
  8. The microbes that live in your body are determined by what you’re exposed to and these colonies are constantly in flux. Geography, health status, stress, diet, age, gender, and everything you touch all affect the composition of your microbiota
  9. We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins
  10. Gut bacteria have the ability to produce the enzymes required to break down complicated nutrients.

Your Gut is one of the KEYS to Unlocking Brain Health

Doctor shows information: gut mircobiome

Your Gut is one of the KEYS to Unlocking Brain Health. Most diseases of the brain do not start in the brain. Depression, anxiety, ADD and dementia often have a foundation in the gut. It doesn’t make sense anymore to separate gut and brain. Most of the neurotransmitters are made in the gut and lead to mood stabilization when gut is healthy. The Broken Brain documentary series is being released this week and hosted by a well known functional medicine doctor, Dr Mark Hyman.  I am so excited that this information I have been teaching is becoming more mainstream.

The sad truth around Alzheimer’s and Dementia is that the statistics are grim.

  • 10% of 65-year-olds, 25% of 75-year-olds, and 50% (literally HALF) of all 85-year-olds will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In severe forms of dementia, people’s memories disappear, they stop talking, and their personalities evaporate.
  •  This is a terrifying, progressive, irreversible process, and dementia does not have any good medical treatments at this time.

The good news, however? This is NOT something you are doomed to experience.

Next week I am holding a webinar all about Your Microbiome: The Missing Link in Achieving Optimal Health

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

I will be sharing how to optimize your microbiome. The microbiome is the community of trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive tract and elsewhere throughout your body. Collectively weighing about three pounds — the same weight as our brain. When your microbiome is balanced, you have good digestion, clear thinking, balanced mood, and glowing overall health. When your microbiome goes out of balance, however, you risk such symptoms as brain fog, depression, anxiety, bad skin, insomnia, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Invite your friends and families!!! Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

6:00Pm – 7:30pm (Pacific)

7:00pm – 8:30pm (Mountain)

8:00pm – 9:30pm (Central)

9:00pm – 9:30pm (Eastern)

Life Perspectives From 30 Plus Years As A Wellness Seeker

I don’t often write about my musings on life. Usually I am teaching the  latest exciting news about health and nutrition such as the miracle of the microbiome or the science of epigenetics or the teachings of Functional Medicine. Today is different.

I just found out that a fabulously fit, amazingly healthy young man had a brain bleed while hiking and it stopped me in my tracks. How could that happen? His life is forever changed in an instant. Yes, I am sure he will make a huge recovery from his brain injury but the truth is that could happen to any of us at any time, so I wanted to muse on the notion of living in the moment.

Being a wellness seeker is about being able to live fully in the moment. Feeling clear headed and energetic and vibrant so that each moment counts. I have never said this out loud, but I think we need to bring the concept of mindfulness front and center in our health and wellness teaching.

Being a wellness seeker is NOT about deprivation now for a brighter tomorrow. Some people live this way but I recommend we change that perspective. Living for tomorrow is a missed opportunity!

Here is what I know for sure . The meaning of anything is about being fully present while you do it.

This is a big leap for me as being a competitive athlete growing up, I was always delaying gratification for the hope of a better future! Perhaps it is living longer and realizing how precious life is that has shifted my perspective.

What do you think?

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