Welcome To Wondergut – 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.
I am here to help bridge the information gap. Not everyone wants to trawl through research papers and reference books about the insides of our guts. We nevertheless want to live our best lives and help our loved ones do the same. I am going to do the reading for you and pass on what I am learning.
The juicy stuff is here on the website, but there are snippets on facebook, twitter and instagram too. And, importantly, I can give talks about the gut microbiome as well Fermenting Forays, on which you will learn how to make fermented foods and drinks yourself. If this might be useful to you, follow this link.
Oh, and if you are interested in the bacteria represented on our background page – they are Ruminococcus, Akkermansia muciniphila, Bifidobacterium longum, Roseburia intestinalis & Helicobacter pylori. I chose these because, having had stool samples done on the Webster family, we all have the first 4 within us. I added Helicobacter pylori because it is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde (or in bacterial language, a pathobiont). It can cause us trouble but it can also do us good. I think it is important to remember that there are no “good” or “bad” bacteria – just bacteria doing their thing and their consequences upon us are likely, in many cases, to be more complicated than just good or bad. Helicobacter pylori is a salutory reminder of this.