Recently, ardent healthy eating enthusiast, Michael Moseley, has moved on from his famous five-two fast diet to focus his energy on something ARCH colon hydrotherapists have known for a long time – that a healthy gut microbiome leads to a number of health benefits, from improved mood to weight loss, skin tone to allergy resistance.
In his new book, The Clever Guts Diet, which is serialised in the Daily Mail from 22nd May, he explains the role of the gut mircobiome in everything from hormone production to disease control. His ‘revolutionary’ new diet shows you how you can feed the good bacteria with healthy, everyday foods to ensure a balanced and healthy gut.
What is the gut microbiome?
There are literally trillions of microbes that share our body, and the vast majority of these live in our guts. There are thousands of different, often competing species, and it doesn’t take much to disrupt the balance between them. Poor diet, antibiotic use and a lack of exposure to the right bacteria as a baby through c-section birth and lack of breastfeeding, can all affect the microbiome, and in turn affect our health and wellbeing.
What does the gut microbiome do?
It was originally thought that the gut bacteria did little more than help us to digest our food, but new research reveals that these microscopic workers are much more important than that. We have only scratched the surface of this vast field, but we already know that gut bacteria can affect inflammatory diseases, depression, blood sugar levels and diabetes, as well as playing a vital role in our immune system.
There is increasing evidence that the make up of your gut microbiome also affects your weight, with naturally slimmer people showing a far more diverse microbiome than people who struggle with their weight.
The gut brain link
We all instinctively know the link between our gut and our brain, because we talk about it in phrases like ‘butterflies in our stomach’, and ‘gut feelings’, and it turns out that these are more than just expressions. The gut bacteria talk directly to the brain via the vegus nerve, and the gut itself has a layer of neurons, just like brain cells, which interact with the microbiome. As Mosley reveals, there are as many neurons in the gut as there are in the brain of a cat!
Looking after your gut
Michael Mosley’s new book has lots of great advice for looking after your gut microbiome – advice that ARCH therapists have been offering for years. For a healthy mind and body, you should:
- Eat a varied diet
- Avoid processed foods
- Choose fish over red meat
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Try to eat fermented foods, such as sauerkraut
- Choose live yoghurt rather than sugary deserts
As Mosley says, “If you look after those friendly microbes, they will look after you.”
Give your microbiome a boost
Rebalancing your microbiome through diet alone can be difficult, especially if you are experiencing problems with wind, constipation or diarrhoea. But don’t worry; your local ARCH registered colon hydrotherapist is here to help. By gently washing out the gut, we can create a level playing field for the microbiome and then stimulate the growth of ‘good’ bacteria through probiotics, to help you to create a better balance. Our clients report our natural treatment leads to surprising improvements in both physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Find out more about the microbiome
If you are a practicing complementary therapist and would like to understand the microbiome better, then don’t miss the ARCH 30th Anniversary Conference on 10th and 11th June. From just £140, you can enjoy two full days of world class speakers, including world authority on FMT, Dr Mark Davis, Dr Simon Goldenberg from Guys/St Thomas’ Hospital and Prof. Simon Carding from the Institute of Food Research. Book now for a fascinating weekend.