The Gut Health revolution

Scientists continue to open up the secrets of the gut and its role in our bodies.

Here are some amazing facts about the gut microbiota.

The gut and the brain are in direct contact via the vagus nerve

On average there are around 1,000 species of microbiota in our gut

The gut is the body’s main supplier of serotonin
(the happy hormone)
The gut is made up of more bacterial cells than human cells in the intestines (around 100 trillion!)

Changes in the gut microbiome precede diseases like Parkinson’s disease

The gut is continually exposed to entering invaders (pathogens) thereby a focus of the immune system

The microbiome refers to the delicate balance of beneficial (friendly) bacteria in your intestine. Not only do they help break down food for digestion, they are also important for other functions as well.

Together the gut cells and the bacteria living beside them are a living ecosystem. Just like us, they need the best quality food and nutrients to maintain a healthy balance.

Branched fats – nature’s foundation for a balanced gut

Branched fats are found widely in nature. Observing that branched fats make up a majority of vernix caseosa (the waxy residue often seen on the skin of newborn babies), scientists set out to investigate the role nature designed it for.

What they discovered was that branched chains in the vernix form part of our very first meal – ingested in utero (in the womb).

Now scientists are investigating the role of branched fats in communicating and supporting the immune system, as well as other roles the human gut plays as a second control centre of the body.