Why our gut brain is so important
Our gut is one of the most important organs in our body. It contains trillions of cells which communicate with each, like in a supercomputer, to form a real brain with intelligence. (see references)
It controls our appetite, manufactures the complex chemicals needed to replace our body parts as they wear or age and host much of our immune system. It is not actually part of us but is really important.
Where and when is our gut brain formed
Modern science now thinks that our gut brain starts to form before birth, but we know for sure that much of the initial gut biota is formed during birth, from breast feeding, from physical contact with mum (and dad) and from the food we eat.
Our gut brain and our eating habits are established in the early years of life and can only be changed later with a concentrated effort.
Our gut brain is really very dependant on mum and what she eats and what she feeds her kids.
How do we help mums feed themselves and their kids ? – that is what the Gbiota club is all about.
Where does our gut brain come from originally
Our gut brain really comes from the soil and the creatures that live in the soil. Dirt and soil are very different – dirt is chemistry – soil is dirt with living biology – the bacteria, fungi, worms and the thousands of species that make and live in the soil.
Of the thousands of species that make the soil some are more than beneficial – they are essential – others, the pathogens will harm or even kill us – while many are just neutral.
Given the right conditions the beneficial biology will out breed the harmful biology, the pathogens, and we will be healthy.
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This is called ecological balance and has been going on for millions of years and is how we have survived to become the dominant creature on earth.
Modern science has develop highly sophisticated technologies – antibiotics, antiseptics, powerful chemicals that can kill pathogens, insects and plants. These may be very useful tools but we have tended to forget the important lesson of ecological balance over chemical annihilation. Our modern food may be clean and sterile but it lacks the beneficial biology which lead to a healthy gut.
Our guts are now far less healthy than our ancestors and people eating a traditional diet – as we can learn from studying modern day hunter gatherers and people living in the blue zones.
Ecological balance is not some new innovation – it has been going on for the best part of four billion years when micro- organisms first appeared on earth and started making soil for us and all the other animals and plants.
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It is simply that in the last fifty years we seemed to have forgotten about it with our fascination with powerful chemicals.
The world is packed full of micro-organisms. Unbelievably huge numbers from a massive numbers of species. They are just everywhere, obviously in the soil where they turn inert rocks into soil, on our key boards, smart phones, kitchen tops, toilets, compost bins and land fills – just everywhere.
The basic principles of ecological balance apply everywhere. Micro organisms generally breed and die fast – if the conditions are right for a particular species they will thrive and simply out breed and out compete the others.
We all know about E-coli and how it can make us really ill or even die. Yet virtually everyone has E-coli in there gut but they are kept under control by the other micro organisms simply out competing them – it is simply a question of our food and drink.
We can simply breed the micro-organism we want by feeding them the food they want and maintaining the moisture level that suits them.
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Micro biology is a complicated subject but the solution can be very simple – but how do we convince mum to eat the right food and feed her kids the right food?
How do we convince mum
We live in a digital world where somebody seems to be trying to sell us something every minute of the day – and they are very good at it . We live in the age of manipulation of the truth – so when it comes to food how can mums differentiate between what is just advertising hype and what is real.
Technically it is relatively easy to test our gut biota – even if it is not a dinner table discussion topic. It is simply a question of taking a sample of poop and having it tested for DNA. If there is any question that the gut is not working correctly – then proper medical testing is essential.
But not everyone wants or needs to have their poop DNA tested unless there are real medical symptoms. But there is a very simple quick check that anyone can do.
One of the key functions of our gut brain is to control our appetite. With our modern diet there is a great tendency to overeat because our gut brain is telling us that there is something missing in our diet so it send out hunger signals. We spend our time craving that little extra snack.
Fortunately our gut biota is continuously changing on a fast breed and die cycle so by simply incorporating into our diet gut food (Gbiota food) anyone can feel for themselves if these craving disappear and we feel full and satisfied.
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People in the blue zones living to a ripe old age don’t spend their lives eating energy bars full of sugar and fat – they feel satisfied with their diet and don’t overeat.
There are two parts to the solution
– there is the technology, how do we grow food that will lead to a healthy gut biota
– how do we make this food readily available at an affordable price, particularly for young mums who are probably too busy having babies to become billionaires and fly rockets into outer space.
The baddies, pathogens, germs call them what you will, tend to be the toughies able to survive and thrive under adverse conditions.
By contrast, the beneficial microbes tend to required a more friendly environment.
The solution is to create that more friendly environment so they can thrive and out compete the baddies. Basically that means food, water and habitat.
Finding food for the beneficial biology is easy. They just love our waste food. We waste an incredible amount of food which often just ends up as green house gases as they decompose in landfill and costs us money to dispose.
The first job is to set up a system of collecting the waste food to feed the beneficial microbes. This is something mum can easily do and it costs nothing.
Water is the next challenge, fortunately the Wicking bed and it’s derivative Gbiota beds were developed to create that magical Goldilocks moisture – not too wet and not too dry – just right.
But mums are busy people and don’t have time, or maybe space and skills to run a waste food reprocessing system. But there are many happy gardeners who are well suited to do this and are happy to provide a service either because they get satisfaction from helping their community or earning extra money doing what they like doing.
That I where the Gbiota club comes in – linking mums with the local gardeners.
Making technology accessible
This can be achieved by setting a system of local suppliers who can set up and run in ground Gbiota bed to create the biologically active, nutrient rich soil for growing plants.
They can use this soil to fill Gbiota boxes, relatively small containers which can be readily delivers to local customers, in the main to new mums, who are under time and energy pressure.
These boxes have plants grown to the stage where they are ready for harvest so all mum has to do it pick the plants, typically using the tipping system.
She will also need to water the plants using the Gbiota system and importantly collect any kitchen waste for the supplier to collect. This is as simple as filling the Gbiota ‘fuel tank’ with water and food waste.
On a regular basis, typically four weeks, the supplier will deliver a fresh box with young plants and collect the kitchen waste.
Because the main input is kitchen waste supplemented by rock dust to supply the minerals, this is a very economic system where mum can feed herself and her kids for some $10 per week per person having fresh produce, loaded with beneficial biology on tap.
To find out more just join the Gbiota club and register as a customer (for mums) or a grower
Next read – getting started