I’m very excited about my new talk for 2016, Who Should Eat – Make Peace with Your Microbiome.
In 2001, the word microbiome was coined, and today scientists are considering life on the planet a little differently than Darwin’s Evolutionary Tree of Life. In Darwin’s version of the tree of life, insects, plants and animals ruled the earth and there is no mention of the bacteria. Genetic sequencing has drastically changed our perspective and we are learning that indeed, single cell organisms rule the earth.
Similarly within the human body, we have 10 times more inhabitant microorganisms (mostly bacteria) than human cells. Thus, we are now considered a “superorganism”. I have been using the analogy that we are “the Mothership with a lot of passengers on board” for a long time now and these passengers are called your microbiota. And most of these passengers are friendly and quite helpful – but because of dietary and lifestyle choices, there are some parasitic organisms that send our immune system into warfare and this we call inflammation. Most chronic illness is the result of Systemic Inflammation – a chronic, subclinical state of inflammation throughout the body. Where this war begins is in the gut, specifically in the colon. In fact, the colon has been found to have a denser population of bacteria than any other place on the planet! Genetic sequencing of the bacteria in our poop gives us tremendous insight about our health and chronic conditions. Our immune system is fighting too many unnecessary battles against our microbiota – a state called dysbiosis. My new talk is about what we can do to create peace with our microbiome or symbiosis. Make peace, not war!
About Dr. Mitra Ray
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With over 30 years of experience, she has helped people achieve remarkable success in looking and feeling better. Dr. Ray received her Bachelors of Science at Cornell University and her PhD from Stanford Medical School. She is the recipient of many NIH grants and the Young Investigator Award from the Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology. Her research has been published in such prestigious journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Cell Biology. Audiences in 4 continents have enjoyed her award winning books, audios and lectures on health, beauty and longevity.
Her mission and commitment is to educate and inspire people about how plant-based, whole foods create simple, sustainable beauty and vitality.
Her latest book, Do You Have the Guts to Be Beautiful is available today and was featured in March 2013 issue of Women’s Health magazine going out to millions of readers.
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