This month, the team at the Langley Group, were key contributors to the Wellness Show, a free expo that runs alongside the Happiness and Its Causes conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney
As part of the Wellness Show, Sue Langley was delighted to be invited to interview Michael Mosley who is one of the world’s leading authorities on health and wellbeing, a science journalist and a best-selling author from the UK. Michael’s books include The Clever Guts Diet, The Fast Diet, Fast Exercise and The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet and he has won numerous awards, including Medical Journalist of the Year from the British Medical Association in 1995.
Michael Mosley answered all Sue’s questions about the microbiome in your gut, health and wellbeing, with his usual enthusiasm and British sense of humour!
Our microbiome is the collective term for all the bacteria that cover almost every millimetre of you inside and outside. We have good ones (commensals) and bad ones (pathogens) and some bacteria exist simply to feed other bacteria. If everything is working well, commensals help us by dispensing with pathogens. Our bacteria are our friends, in a symbiotic relationship with us. Like most living beings they want to stay alive – which is why they work so hard to keep us healthy! Without us they die, so our job is to look after them!
Links have been made between your microbiome and a range of non-communicable diseases from obesity, auto-immune disorders, diabetes, coeliac, autism, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and even to depression and anxiety – our main modern-day mental health challenges in today’s world.
The increase of many of these diseases can be linked to changes in our microbiome, which in turn can be linked to changes in our modern world – from changes in birth practices and food development, our increased use of antibiotics and modern dietary changes.
Here is what Sue and Michael had to say on the topic…