You may have heard of gut flora, microbiota, microbiome, commensals. These are the microbes that hitchhike on and in your body. You may have thought yeh fine a few little microbes and if I wash my hands enough they're not gonna hurt. It's true they won't hurt in fact quite the opposite - they are essential for good health. They help digest your food, they produce the precursors to many of your neurotransmitters, they help control your weight, they are key components of a healthy immune system.
and there aren't just a few of them - there are between 40 and 100 trillion - that's about 10 times the number of human cells you have in your body.
This course explores the microbiota or gut flora you will learn:
- What and where it is
- What it does
- Why modern western living and diet gives it a hard time
- How to look after it and make sure it's healthy which means you are healthy.
So welcome to this short course - let's dive headlong into your gut and make acquaintance with your microscopic friends.
Unfortunately our war on bacteria has killed both good and bad - our health has suffered as a result.
- This course is for absolutely anyone - the only prerequisite is that your are interested in your health