THE MICROBIOME SUMMIT
With all of the new discoveries about the microbiome being made, what can we expect in the future of medicine? What can we do now?
There’s a large global trend in urbanization, and there are also large increases in inflammatory disorders. Coincidence? An emerging area of study is looking at how the microbiome of the built environment affects our health.
A diverse microbiome is Important for overall health – but it’s becoming increasingly hard to cultivate a diverse microbiome due to modern farming practices. Learn helpful diet and lifestyle tips to introduce more diversity.
Stress has been found to impact the gut microbiome. By making some lifestyle and dietary changes, it is possible to reduce stress – and its impact on the microbiome.
When a landscape architect set out to change the state of the soil in her garden, she ended up learning a lot more about microbes, how they communicate with our immune system, and our own cancer risk.
In the last five years, technology has allowed us to better understand the human microbiome – scientists have now identified and named 8,000 microbes and are learning more about their complex interactions each day.
Soil degradation is arguably the biggest, least recognized problem that humanity is facing today. Microbes are an important part of healthy soil. By nourishing the microbial life in soil, and cultivating the beneficial microbes that the plants naturally evolved with – soil can be made fertile again.
Research is moving quickly to discover more links between gut and brain disorders like autism, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression – but there are also some challenges faced by researchers trying to unravel the mystery of the gut-brain relationship.
An approach to farming called Ecological Farming studies the interactions between microbes and the soil. This approach to farming looks to maintain important ecosystems in food production and preserve the nutritional quality of the soil.
By looking at microbes and disease – through data, researchers can better understand the microbes that are present or absent in various disease states, particularly autoimmune conditions.
Can being in the right microbial state before treatment influence the outcome of the treatment? By using data to better understand the human microbiome, more effective diagnostic tools and therapies can be developed.
Mental health issues are one of the largest drivers of global disability. Until we clean up the current food system – including marketing junk food to children – we will forever struggle with health and mental health issues.
As we age, our microbes not only decrease in number, but also in overall diversity. This can contribute to inflammaging – the chronic, low grade inflammation that is epidemic in the later years of life.
What can we expect in the future for gastroenterology? How will our understanding of the microbiome influence this field of medicine? The microbes that make up our microbiome can have such far reaching effects throughout the entire body.