EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF OUR MICROBIOME
I am a recovering lawyer and mother to 4 awesome young people. I have been researching health issues since my daughter (now 16) was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis aged 5. I am currently studying for an MSc in Nutritional Medicine, whilst also training to be a Medical Herbalist. I believe passionately in prevention rather than cure and I am working to help anyone who will listen, gather the information and experience they need to enable them to take responsibility for their own health. Knowledge is an incredibly powerful thing. The more information I can spread about the immense influence our gut microbiome has on health, the better. Wondergut HQ is based in Wells, Somerset but the Forays I teach and the Talks I give are portable!
Part Of The Gut Microbiome Revolution.
There is so much information at a scientific level now, about the intimate connection between the 40 trillion or so microbes inhabiting our gut and our general wellbeing on a physical, mental and emotional level. They are part of who we are and they communicate with our brain in a number of ways, including via the vagus nerve. Our microbes are telling our brain how we are and our brain is acting on the information; it is not just the brain issuing its dictat from its ivory skull tower.
Whilst I am the first to acknowledge that behaviour change is not easy or straightforward, if we have the right information and the right motivation, we can do so much to support our microbial tribe. By knowing what supports them and what hijacks them and making some small changes to our every-day lives, we can make a measurable difference to our health on every level.
Whilst I love trawling through research papers and reference books about the insides of our guts, I realise not everyone does. But we all want to live our best lives and help our loved ones do the same. Here, I will pass on, in as straightforward a manner as possible, what I am learning through my trawling to enable you to make informed choices about your health and the health of your microbial self.
The juicy stuff is here on the website, but there are snippets on facebook, twitter and instagram too. And, importantly, I give talks about the gut microbiome as well hosting Fermenting Forays, which teach you about your microbes and how to make fermented foods and drinks yourself. If this might be useful to you, follow this link.