The Microbiome (video)


If you’ve ever met me, taken one of my workshops, heard me speak, or read any of my writing, you’ll know that I’m gut obsessed.

Supporting a child's digestion is the pillar #4 of The Four Pillars Of Resilient Health™ that I teach.

The microbiome of the body – that is, the collection of microbes that exist in and around our bodies – is key to our health and our happiness.

So when someone comes to see me for advice around how nutrition might be related to a health complaint, the very first thing we talk about is gut health and digestion. Then we focus on how they might rebalance their gut micro biome

Sometimes it means cutting certain foods out – the ones that are not being digested well or are causing inflammation or irritation.  Sometimes it means adding certain foods in – ones that feed the gut bacteria, soothe the gut lining, nourish the enterocytes.

Most of our bacteria is housed in the gut, but really, our entire body both inside and out, is covered with… yes… bugs. They are good bugs, though. Essential bugs.

If we annihilated these bugs we would die.

But it’s not really annihilation we’re talking about.  It’s the the slow process of degeneration.  Sugar, pollution, smoke, stress, antibiotics, NSAIDs (like Tylenol)… they slowly cause the inner microbiome to degenerate.  And that leaves us open and vulnerable.

… unless we take steps to re-establish harmony “in there”.

Scientists are learning that Microbes seem to regulate everything – from our immune systems, to our emotions to our metabolism and even DNA expression. They are THAT important. So, in my opinion, the very first thing that mothers need to learn and do with their little ones is support the proper colonization of these little helpers. That’s what I teach them in my Thriving Babies class. I teach them that even before we introduce solid foods to our babies, we need to ensure that the development of the digestion is well on its way… and moving in the right direction. And I show them how to do that.

This little 5 minute video explains why the microbiome of the body is so critical…. well done, NPR!


About Jess Sherman, FDN-P, M.Ed, R.H.N

Jess is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition¬ģ Practitioner, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a trauma-sensitive Family Health Educator specializing in brain health & resilience for kids.¬†She is also a teacher, with a Master's degree in education. Her¬†Calm & Clear Kids¬†introductory course,¬†her Amino Acids (with kids!) Quickstart program, and her signature¬†Roadmap to Resilient Kids,¬†¬†along with her book¬†Raising Resilience,¬†have¬†helped families¬†in at least 44 countries¬†improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders and reduce¬†their reliance on medication.¬†She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work¬†with families, and she¬†continues to¬†bring an understanding of the Nourishment Needs and Biological Stress to the mainstream conversation about children‚Äôs mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses, workshops and as a contributor to print and online magazines.¬†

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