We are what we Eat, Our Microbiome is what we Eat too.
Cells from resident human microbial communities (microbiome) outnumber human cells by a factor of ten, and contain at least ten times more DNA than our own genome. This symbiont provides us with metabolic functions far beyond the scope of our own capabilities, in exchange for food and shelter. Recent evidence suggests that abnormal composition of human gut microbiome (dysbiosis) is associated the epidemics of chronic illness.
This workshop explores how our resident microbiome contributes to health and diseases, how we could maintain and feed them, the role of probiotics (friendly live bacteria found in certain food and supplements) and prebiotics (carbohydrates/fibres that feeds gut bacteria but not digestible by humans); and how to optimise health and wellness with functional food-based solutions.
- Human Superorganism. Over the past few decades, we have witnessed one of the greatest paradigm shift in our understanding of the metabolic function of the human microbiome and how they interact with the our body. We explore the role of the human gut microbiome in health and disease.
- Optimising Gut Microbiome. The health of the gut is susceptible to dietary, lifestyle and environmental influences and restoration therapies. We focus our attention on modifiable behaviours and therapies that could modulate and support our gut microbiome, their metabolic functions and far-reaching implications.
- Supporting Gut Barrier Function. Barrier function of the gut is an important interface between a person and its environment. We explore the functions and dysfunctions of intestinal permeability and examine traditional approaches to support barrier functions of the gut.
- Demo & Tasting. We will demonstrate traditional and functional food ideas discussed in the Workshop.