The Microbiome

The microbiome is a term used to describe the community of bacteria that live on and in us.  The science in this field has exploded over the last several years with technological breakthroughs that allow us to 'map' the cultures of bacteria that make us who we are.

The micro biome is among one of the most important factors in our health, and gives us an avenue to influence the our overall well being and resilience to disease and infection. 

The science is compelling, and I am in on a quest to understand how to guide my practice in the direction of health by studying the gut and the microbiota from every angle.

The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional, and extremely important in immune function, and general health and well being.  Our diet is the most important way we can influence our gut microbiota.  Probiotics and being conscious and aware, and minimizing environmental and food and water based toxins is also very important.

Gluten is a hot topic, and I am reluctantly in the camp that we all need to reduce our consumption.  I have tried to refute this, but have been unsuccessful.  Look for future posts on this topic.  It is extensive.

For the time being, if you wish to learn more:

TED Talks:

Rob Knight:  How our microbes make us who we are

Dynamic Stretching for Mobility and Stability

Science is emerging to support a revision of our stretching practices, and our understanding of the basic home practices we can do to support our health and mobility.

The link below is for a youtube video, produced by Twin City Orthopedics.  It is a general dynamic stretching program to develop mobility and stability, improve balance and is a great warm up for higher output activity.