Microbiome – friends with benefits

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Title of this post stolen from a youtube lecture I’ve just watched here . Been doing a little research ahead of our September screening of “Microbirth” (see next meeting for details) and guilt tripping over the way the kids were raised!  However they made it to adulthood ok so maybe I need a chill pill containing L. reuteri NCIMB 30242  – Micropharma’s flagship probiotic which restores metabolism of bile acids. Bile acids properly metabolised not only lower cholesterol but are anti inflammatory, and perhaps loss of the right gut bugs contributes to inflammatory bowel diseases. I think they found it with this nifty wee ‘fantastic voyager’ programable robotic device that can sample the gut wall after you swallow it.

The microbiome is assembled and shaped between the ages of 0-4 years old and it has been shown recently to be negatively affected by C-section delivery4, insufficient breastfeeding18, antibiotic use6, an overly hygienic environment19, and poor diet7. The health of your microbiome is largely a result of your childhood and diet, but is also the result of environmental factors such as the use of oral antibiotic and the presence of disease6, 20, 21.

The Microbiome of people with cardiovascular disease22, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)10, irritable bowel disease (IBD)13, low vitamin D23 and osteoporosis24, and other diseases such as obesity25, liver disease26, and type two diabetes mellitus (T2DM)27 are notably different from those who are considered to be healthy. http://www.microbiomeplus.com/t-microbiome-bile-metabolism.aspx

Ok so what’s going on inside my gut is not actually any different to what happens to food scraps outside the body! Fermented food is awesome because of course it has a whole bunch of symbiotic wild organisms no pure culture can match. I’m guessing in part it’s due to the swapping of genes that goes on in the wild, including inside a gut. The genetic difference between e coli from two different people is like 40% while the genetic difference between the hosts is less than 1%. Because they can adapt quickly they can help us to adapt as well –

Gut bacteria in Japanese people borrowed sushi-digesting genes from ocean bacteria

My composting efforts have always been FAIL, even the worm farm – Tassie is cooold. Speed up the composting process with EM Bokashi – a mold that is easy to cultivate by anaerobic fermentation, and start a home compost or industrial scale composting at school with NO STINK ( if it’s done right !) You can buy the ready made Bokashi kit from Bunnings but the DIY instructions are online. Maybe I will have another go at composting:

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