The maxim “you are what you eat” might be truer than we think. Leading health experts have been saying for years that maintaining a healthy weight is complex and not just a simple matter of eating less and exercising more.
Part of the answer may lie in our microbiome, according to a new documentary called It Takes Guts, airing on CBC’s The Nature of Things on Thursday, October 29, 2015. From fecal transplants and poo capsules to foods that promote microbial diversity in our digestive tracts, this documentary directed by Leora Eisen promises a close look at the latest science.
- why some foods make us fat, while others nourish healthy bacteria
- if the rise in non-celiac gluten sensitivity is related to a decrease in microbiome diversity
- does antiseptic mouthwash wipe out healthy bacteria we need
- how germaphobic should we be – is it a balance?
When my son was in first year university, he shared a unit with two other students. I referred to them as the “biohazard boys,” given the state of their shared kitchen and washroom. As the year finished, I realized their slovenly ways were a testament to the hygiene hypothesis – the exposure to a range of pathogens must have strengthened their immune systems as none of them got sick.
I’m looking forward to learning how “processed food is like a ‘nuclear bomb’ destroying our microbes” and hearing how we can enrich our “inner rainforest” to find better health.
I may bristle a bit at the bombastic buzzwords in the press release, but for many people, maintaining a healthy weight can feel like a war. The expert lineup in this documentary is excellent and includes:
- Dr. Arya Sharma, Chair of Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta (and a great interview for a story I wrote on diabetes news a few years ago)
- Ed Yong, prolific science journalist, now a staff writer for The Atlantic
- Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat (2015) and lead investigator for BRITISH GUT, the UK’s largest open-source science project to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut
- Emma Allen-Vercoe, microbiologist and associate professor at the University of Guelph, where she runs the Robogut Lab.
I’m setting my PVR to record this one!