There are very few studies done on humans as of yet, but those done show a relationship between our microbiome and the metabolization of the foods we ingest, as well as how effectively our body is able to convert and use those nutrients to its benefit. Our microbiome also initiates our immune response and plays a role in how effectively it responds to inflammation and disease. Essentially, the healthier the biome, the more effective our body will be at responding to the stress, disease, and inflammation that we encounter daily. Americans’ diets today consist in a large part of simple sugars, carbohydrates, and processed foods. These are not optimal for sustaining a healthy microbiome, and the result is an upward trend in obesity. A genomics specialist from Washington University School of Medicine was quoted in the New York Times as having said, “The nutritional value of food is influenced in part by the microbial community that encounters that food.” He is referring to the fact that a healthy microbiome will be best supported by a plant-based diet (fruits and vegetables), which will in turn enable it to pull even more nutrition from the ingested food, thus keeping us at optimal health.
THE MICROBIOME - WHY IT MATTERS
Scientists have also found that the health of our microbiomes could play a large role in either preventing or aiding the development of various neuropsychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression. The brain and gut share a very intimate connection. For example, just the thought of eating can begin the process of producing digestive fluids in the stomach. Similarly, a feeling of anxiety can induce a clenching and sometimes cramping feeling in the gut. That biofeedback loop between the brain and gut is incredibly strong, and research has suggested that an unbalanced microbiome could induce the production of antibodies that can adversely affect the blood-brain barrier, thereby enabling the development of these and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Scientists are also aware that a great number of antibodies - which are responsible for fighting off disease - are produced by gut bacteria. We can conclude that our gut plays a large role in fighting off and preventing disease - both acute and chronic.
Bulletproof Labs,® an affiliate of Next|Health and a self-defined biohacking facility dedicated to training you to “hack” your own biology in order to achieve advanced cognitive and physical function, has been using grass-fed ghee for years in its signature Bulletproof Coffee®. Founder David Asprey made it his mission to find out what best helps our bodies and brains feel alive and well, and on a Tibetan mountain he found ghee. From there he developed the one-of-a-kind Bulletproof Coffee®, which uses Bulletproof Labs’® own high-quality, grass-fed ghee.
If you’re more of a DIY-er, the Institute of Functional Medicine has published a recipe called Better Butter with Ghee. It is a replacement for regular butter and is made mostly of Ghee, along with colostrum powder, L-glutamine, and zinc carnosine. These additional supplements serve to support cell metabolism, a balanced immune system, and ulcer-prevention. The recipe and directions are as follows:
It is crucial for our overall wellness that we prioritize the health of the inside of our bodies as well as we do the outside. If you want to improve your mood and feel energized both physically and mentally, then give Next|Health’s Gut Health IV a try. It provides your body with a boost of essential amino acids and anti-inflammatory agents that optimize and improve your overall gut health.
If you want to pack an even stronger punch, try the Next|Health Limitless Shot. This shot is composed of the power couple Biotin & MIC. Biotin is great for improving digestion and supporting a healthy metabolism and goes hand-in-hand with MIC, an aid in burning fat and increasing energy.
Remember, our gut is our “second brain,” meaning it plays a role in our physical, emotional, and mental health. So don’t forget those little microbes - they may just be the most important part yet!
Dr. Darshan Shah is a physician, surgeon, entrepreneur, and is considered by many to be the "Doctor of the Future." His passion is educating the public on the newest technologies in health & wellness and how to look and feel your best!