Microbiome: It Takes Guts

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.

Laboratory technologist using a microscope.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.

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!

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