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Meet the MicroBiome with Sandra Larsen

Did you know that trillions of bacteria, viruses & fungi live within the human digestive system?

This microbial community is crucial to our overall health and directly contributes to immune function, weight management, inflammation levels, cognitive clarity and mental health.

Imbalances in this system have been know to be tied to issues like autoimmunity, metabolism disorders, anxiety, and depression. 

Sandra's 90-minute course offering will help you learn about maintaining equilibrium to support overall wellness - both physical and psychological.

I. Introduction  A. Definition of the microbiome  B. Historical MilePosts  C. Importance of the microbiome in human healthII.  Key Functions of the Microbiome   A.  Digestion and nutrient absorption   B.  Vitamin production   C.  Drug metabolism   D.  Protection against infections via ‘competitive exclusion’III. The Gut-Brain Axis   A. Importance of the gut microbiome in mental health   B. Bidirectional communication between the gut and brain   C. Impact of the microbiome on mental health (e.g., anxiety, depression)   D. Potential therapeutic interventions targeting the gut-brain axisIV. Cultivating Inner Wellness   A. Mechanisms of diversity (fiber)   B. Lifestyle factors (e.g., stress, exercise)   C. Medications (e.g., antibiotics, probiotics)   D. Environmental factors (e.g., pollution, hygiene)V. Fungi in the Microbiome: The Myco-biome   A.  Crucial roles of fungi such as immune system activation   B.  Antifungal use can harm microbial balance   C.  Norbaeocystin as a game-changer: The Overlooked Role of FungiVI. Dysbiosis and Disease   A. Consequences of microbial imbalance   B. Inflammation from leaky gut clogs arteries   C. Assault on NeurobiologyVIl. Overview ofThe Skin Microbiome   A. Overview and role of skin immunity   B. Influence of skincare products and hygiene practicesVIII. Clinical Applications and Future Directions   A. Therapeutic interventions targeting the microbiome (e.g., fecal microbiota   transplantation)   B. Personalized medicine and microbiome testing   C. Emerging research areas and unanswered questionsIX. Practical Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome   A. Dietary recommendations (e.g., fiber-rich foods, fermented foods)   B. Lifestyle modifications (e.g., stress management, regular exercise)   C. Importance of avoiding unnecessary antibiotic useX. Conclusion   A. Recap of key points   B. Importance of ongoing research and public awareness   C. Empowering individuals to make informed choices for microbiome health

If you'd like to embark on a journey through your microbiome, this class is for you!