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The effects of modern life on our gut health and what to do about it

astride Written by http://offsecnewbie.com/2020/12/29/vulnhub-sar-live/ Dr. V http://tomhagandesign.com/wp-json/wp/v2/pages/14872 iv Rolfe

The gut is the centre of the body’s universe, (I say this because I’m a physiologist who has been fascinated by it for thirty years). But people’s recognition of the importance of a healthy gut is not new and Ayurveda places emphasis on our agni or “digestive fire” which is responsible for strength and the healthy state of the body. Ayurveda states we need to provide it with the right nourishment to keep it balanced and regular (1).

So how do our digestive fire’s fair today? With the advent of ultra-processed foods and the over-use of pharmaceuticals, what do we know about the impact this is having? The ‘omics’ revolution of recent decades has shed incredible light on our body’s molecules and the intricate relationship between our own cells and the trillions of microbes – fungi, bacteria, viruses – that are harboured within us, including within the gut. These biological sciences include genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, or metabolomics. They have shown us the importance of the symbiotic relationship between our bodies and our bugs, and the damaging effects that our habits and lifestyles can have. In Ayurvedic terms, the outlook for agni looks rather irregular and possibly even bleak.

Dr. Viv Rolfe is a gut physiologist and is Head of Research at Pukka Herbs, where she works with global research partners to investigate the effects of herbal teas and supplements on the human body. Her greatest joy is engaging with students to enthuse the next generation of herbal scientists, and she is studying for a Foundation in Herbal Medicine with Heartwood. She plays jazz saxophone and can be followed on Twitter @vivienrolfe

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