THE MICROBIOME SUMMIT
In the last five years, we have learned more about the microbiome than we ever knew before. We are on the verge of a massive breakthrough in the way that we view our health.
Wondering what the microbiome is all about? Start here to learn foundational knowledge that will prepare you for the rest of The Microbiome Summit.
The interaction between the gut and the brain is a complex relationship called the gut-brain axis. This relationship is unseen to the human eye, but is so important to our overall health.
According to the “Old Friends Hypothesis,” our body is old friends with some microorganisms that have been a part of our evolution and are necessary for our health.
Dysbiosis describes a loss of microbial diversity in the gut, but it is also happening on a larger scale. This has larger implications on the future of human health. Everything is connected.
There is a window of opportunity for establishing a microbiome in early life – and a lack of microbial diversity, called dysbiosis, is like the “canary in the coal mine” that can lead to allergies and other health issues down the road.
An exhibit called “The Secret World Inside You” was hosted at the American Museum of Natural History in 2016 – learn why the microbiome was chosen as the focus, directly from the curator.
There are several ways in which our microbiota can communicate with our brains – including the many different pathways between the gut and the brain which are important in health and disease. In this interview, Dr. Jane Foster will discuss how differences in gut bacteria may be implicated in the various types of mental health conditions, and new possibilities in “psychobiotics” – probiotics that could confer a mental health benefit.
Gut microbes play a huge factor in our thoughts, our cognition and our social behaviour, so we need to know how to take care of our microbiome to better support our brain and mental health. Dr. John Cryan leads us through some of the ways we may be hurting our microbiome, and how to fix it with psychobiotics.