Our microbiome is what we eat
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.